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Green thinking from businesses is key to driving forward a low carbon future
7 October 2020
As attention turns to rebuilding after the pandemic, we have a unique opportunity to change the way the economy works by creating a fairer, more resilient, low carbon society.
I wanted to share some of the steps BT has taken to bring this future closer. Business has an important role in leading the green transformation, with collaborative approaches at the heart of how that will be delivered. At BT Group, we have the second largest commercial fleet in the UK, and there is huge potential to reduce carbon output. Together with The Climate Group, we’re calling on the UK Government to target 100% electric car and van sales by 2030; extend grants for electric vehicles and charging points through to at least 2023 and speed up the rollout of public charge-points across the country.
This comprehensive package of measures has the potential to boost jobs in the UK and will help us and others transition towards a low carbon fleet.
As we commit to change throughout our business, progress on carbon reduction and digital skills training will make up part of the bonus calculation for our eligible colleagues. Working with our suppliers is also central to help large-scale emissions reduction, and together we are aiming to cut these carbon emissions by 42% by 2030.
Despite the uncertainty caused by Covid-19, we remain committed to improving the UK’s digital infrastructure, which will help drive the move to a low carbon economy.
Full fibre and 5G mobile will underpin permanent changes to the way people live and work. These advancements will also support the new technologies capable of moving us to a low-carbon economy – whether that’s home-working, developing smart cities or enabling the Internet of Things.
Half a million people could be brought back into the workforce
At least 400,000 more people could work from home
270,000 people could move out of cities into rural areas
300 million commuting trips could be saved annually
Coinciding with the overwhelming move to home working brought on by COVID-19, these figures suggest widespread digital connectivity also has the possibility to drive real change by simultaneously reducing emissions and bringing more people into work.
BT has pledged to become a net zero carbon emissions business by 2045 and we’re encouraging others to follow our lead by setting their own science-based targets to become net zero by 2050.
We are also excited about our involvement with the Green Tech Innovation Platform, aimed at identifying the latest green technologies from UK-based tech scale-ups, which could support businesses and other public sector customers.
With 25 years’ experience of pushing for climate action, trying to shape a greener future in not a new challenge for us as an organisation. Waging that battle on multiple fronts demonstrates how creative thinking by businesses has the potential to the goals of that low carbon future.
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