Climate Group members win major awards for environmental action
- 03 July 2007
Sky, Barclays and British Telecom have all been recognised for their leadership in Business in the Community's Awards for Excellence. The awards, presented by HRH the Prince of Wales and Former Vice-President Al Gore, recognised the companies' achievements on climate change, environmental and social leadership.
Sky won the Man Group International Climate Change Award for its innovative approach to addressing climate change.
Sky became the world's first carbon neutral media company in 2006 - some of the measures implemented to achieve this include supplying all UK sites with100% renewable electricity, installing presence detectors to reduce lighting and air-conditioning and reviewing transport policies.
As a member of the We're in this Together campaign Sky is also focused on inspiring its customers and is rolling out a new set top box feature that will automatically switch Sky HD and Sky+ boxes into Standby overnight.
Barclays won the EDF Energy Environmental Leadership Award for its achievements in integrating its environmental strategy into core business.
The company was recognised for pioneering new environmental products and services - for example, Barclays Capital's Emissions Trading Desk which has consistently been at the forefront of carbon trading and is now the largest intermediary in the carbon market.
Also part of We're in this Together Barclays is developing the new Barclaycard Breathe credit card which offers low interest rates on selected environmentally friendly products and donates 50% of profit after tax to supporting carbon reduction projects.
To extend its impact further, Barclays has worked collaboratively with the United Nations to develop environmental risk guidance. The guidance has been made available to some 170 banks worldwide.
Company of the Year
British Telecom (BT) won the award for Company of the Year 2007.
BT has an established track record in the field of responsible business. The company implemented an energy efficiency drive in the mid-1980s and from this went on to set a target to reduce CO2 emissions by 25% and to purchase 10% of electricity from renewable sources by 2010.
Performance against these targets has been impressive. By 2004, combined emissions from transport and energy use had been cut by more than 40%. The company also signed a contract to meet nearly all its energy needs from wind, solar, wave, hydropower and combined heat and power.
Energy saving measures have resulted in cash savings of £119 million in energy costs since 1991.