If we expect our customers, suppliers and partners to reduce their impact on the environment, we need to practice what we preach. With this in mind, we’ve set ourselves some tough targets for creating less waste, cutting carbon emissions and increasing fuel efficiency. We’re one of the top energy users in the UK, so we have a big responsibility to keep looking for ways we can reduce what we use. We are finding new ways to cut the amount of energy we’re using in our networks and equipment, controlling how much energy we’re using in our offices, looking at how much fuel we use in our vehicles and adopting more efficient driving techniques as well as using the technology to cut down on business travel.
We are also committed to using more renewable energy. BT is a major consumer of electricity using around 110 Gigawatt hours (GWh) pa in Wales. In June 2014 BT announced that it would purchase enough renewable energy from a Welsh wind farm to match the power consumption of around 50% of its operations in the nation. The company is buying all the electricity generated by the new, nine-turbine Mynydd Bwllfa wind farm near Hirwaurn in South Wales. The deal is worth around £100 million over the next 15 years.
We’ve closed the gap on our 100% renewable electricity target this year. 96% of our global operations are now powered by renewable electricity – up from 81% last year and we’ve pledged to become a #netzero Carbon emission business by 2045.
Find out more details on any of our Digital Impact and Sustainability activities.