BT switches to 100% clean energy

21 May 2013

LONDON: Member of The Climate Group, BT, has signed a deal with the UK energy supplier npower, to source electricity from clean energy sources including solar, wind and tidal.

The move, which is calculated to save BT around one million tons of CO2 a year, is part of the Better Future program, BT's strategy to reduce its overall carbon footprint. 

In the 2011-12 financial year, BT consumed 2.3 Gigawatt hours of energy running its UK networks, data centers and offices. This is equal to 0.76% of all the electricity that is used in the UK for the same period.

Commenting on the new deal, Rt Hon Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said: “I am delighted that BT is taking this approach to sourcing their electricity. I hope many other corporates will follow the lead of BT and others, in taking their electricity from renewable and low carbon sources.”

BT has also set a 'Net Good goal', which is to reduce its overall carbon footprint through energy reduction of its own operations, helping to lower suppliers’ carbon footprints and decreasing consumption of consumer devices. It aims to reduce carbon emissions by at least three times the full carbon impact of its business by 2020.

By providing visibility of the carbon content in its electricity, BT aims to encourage energy companies to invest in renewable energy infrastructure, driving down overall carbon emissions in the UK.

Richard Tarboton, BT’s director of energy and carbon, said: “Purchasing 100% renewable electricity with npower sets a strong foundation for our new ‘Net Good’ ambition. BT strives to help society live within the constraints of our planet’s resources through our products and services. This is an example of BT’s commitment to be a responsible and sustainable business leader.”

The Climate Group and the Carbon Trust will join BT in London on June 18, for the launch of BT’s Net Good Framework. You can follow the day's events live on Twitter @ClimateGroup.

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