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BT Group PLC

Name
BT Group PLC
No. of employees
89,000 (2013)
Revenue
£20 billion (2011)
Country
United Kingdom
BT Group PLC

Overview

BT Group PLC is a UK-based telecommunications company that operates in over 50 countries and provides products and services in 170. The core of its business is in the provision of communications infrastructure and services, including telephone lines and calls, broadband, mobile and TV products and services as well as managed networked IT services.

Within the UK, BT is a leading provider of communications services and products to individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises and the public sector and BT’s Openreach is involved with the UK Government’s planned roll-out of super-fast broadband. BT Global Services provides managed networked IT services to multinational corporations, businesses and government organizations. 

BT has attracted much praise for placing sustainability at the heart of its business model. It believes that by doing so it will be better able to provide long-term profitability for its shareholders in a changing world. BT currently consumes 0.7% of the UK’s electricity and is one of the top ten users in the UK, but since 2004, all of this electricity has come from renewable sources.

The group is specifically committed to contributing positively to society, the economy and the environment through its operations, its employees and its services, and is consistently awarded gold sector status in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

The group’s global climate strategy includes reducing the impact of the group’s operations, empowering its customers to reduce their impacts by offering innovative products and services, influencing suppliers to provide more energy efficient products and services, and encouraging employees to reduce their carbon footprint at home and at work. 

BT has reduced its carbon footprint in the UK by 77% since 1996. It is now committed to achieving an 80% reduction in CO2 intensity in its worldwide business by 2020. 

Current Activities

Launching the Net Good 2020 goal

In July 2013, BT launched its 2020 goal to help customers reduce carbon emissions by at least three times the end-to-end carbon impact of their business. This 3:1 goal compares the carbon abatement effect of BT’s products and services against BT’s full carbon footprint, including Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.

Better Future Supplier Forum

BT set up the Better Future Supplier Forum to encourage innovation in the design and manufacture of their products and share good ideas between companies. Through training sessions and competitions, BT helps suppliers to make their products more resource- and energy-efficient. This could mean they are easier to recycle, are made from recycled materials or use less electricity when plugged in. The forum also helps suppliers to use fewer resources in the way they run their businesses.

Designing Out Tomorrow

Working with the University of Cambridge Engineering Design Centre,  BT are developing a web-based toolkit for sustainable product design, with a particular focus on carbon emissions and waste materials. The initiative, called Designing Our Tomorrow (DOT), aims to help designers think how to minimise environmental impact at each stage of the product’s life-cycle.

BT is using Designing Our Tomorrow to work towards 'circular economy' principles, where old products can become new ones without any waste. The toolkit will be launched in 2014 and will be freely available for individuals and other companies to use.

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