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15th September 2017

BT sets ambitious carbon reduction goal

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BT has set a new target to slash its carbon emissions by 87 per cent by 2030.

As part of moving towards a low-carbon business model, the company had previously set itself a target in 2008 of an 80 per cent reduction of its carbon emissions by 2020 but it said that it had met this target four years ahead of schedule.

The ambitious new goal has been approved by the Science-Based Targets Initiative and is working towards to limiting global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels which forms a key target in the COP21 Paris Agreement.

Niall Dunne, BT chief sustainability officer, said: “The role that technology can play in creating a more resource efficient world is both profound and exciting. The benefits of leading climate action extend to our customers, suppliers and people.

“Our commitment to this 1.5°C target will help create partnerships and coalitions that continue the unstoppable momentum enabled by the Paris agreement.”

Tom Delay, chief executive of the Carbon Trust, said: “Over the past two decades BT has made impressive progress in reducing carbon emissions. To continue this journey, our recent work together has mapped out the steps the business will need to take over the coming decades to become a truly low carbon business.

“The ambition contained within the Paris Agreement gives us hope that we might avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change. If we are going to deliver on this ambition then this is exactly the sort of leadership we need to see.”

BT is also on the right track to achieving its commitment to purchase 100 per cent renewable electricity for its operations by 2020, where markets allow, sourcing 82 per cent renewably last year.