Richard Tarboton, Director of Energy and Carbon at BT Group

Clare Saxon Ghauri
Reading time: 12 minutes
26 September 2012

This interview with Richard Tarboton, Director of Energy and Carbon at BT Group, is part of our Clean Revolution case study series. Read the BT case study.

  • What was the basis for BT Group undertaking innovative sustainable practices?

The fundamental basis for our long term commitment to sustainability is to reduce our negative effects on the environment, hand in hand with cost reduction, and leverage our experience to help our customers enhance their sustainability through innovative products and services.

  • Tell us about BT Group’s innovative carbon intensity reduction target?

Rather than set carbon targets based on achievability, we wanted to set a target that enabled both economic prosperity and climate stabilization. Our Climate Stabilisation Intensity Target does just that. It creates a single target for the whole company that can be implemented across our different geographies. A model like this, widely adopted across industry, is the path to economic success and climate stabilization.

  • What are the most significant areas you see for BT Group in the next five years?

More advanced energy controls to reduce energy consumption, increasing delivery of renewable energy projects and ensuring better transparent purchasing systems are in place. This is important both internally and as they have future market opportunities for BT Group.

  • What is the most significant challenge faced in implementing the Clean Revolution?

The greatest challenge at the global, country, company and individual level is measurement. It is only through measuring how much we’re consuming and producing that actions can be taken to reduce negative environmental impacts.

  • Is the telecommunications industry beginning to see the benefits of investing in the Clean Revolution?

We’re seeing other telcos starting to set ambitious carbon reduction targets. This is good for the industry as it promotes a more environmentally conscious industry as well as keeping each firm on their toes in the race to be the most sustainable firm. What needs to be reported on more clearly is the year-on-year energy consumption. This will enable a more effective comparison between those firms which are actual leaders and those who just say they are.

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