O2 is launching today an ambitious three-year sustainability plan, Think Big Blueprint, which promises to save 4 million tonnes of carbon.
The plan sets out three key goals and 40 individual commitments that will allow O2 to use its digital technology expertise to improve the sustainability of its employees, suppliers, customers and their communities.
O2’s three core goals, which are the product of a year-long consultation process, start with a pledge to halve emissions from its network through measures like using less energy and water in its offices and stores, not providing chargers with every new phone and ensuring its suppliers reduce their environmental impact.
The company also promises to buy 100% renewable energy for sites where it controls the energy bill and to have at least one carbon-neutral site through on-site generation.
Its second major objective is to use its products and services to help its customers save carbon through initiatives such as installing electric car points, supporting home working to avoid transport emissions and make savings around the home.
The final aspect of its ambitious plan is to help one million young people develop useful skills through local community initiatives, projects and work experience placements.
“As a provider of digital services with in excess of 22 million customers, we are uniquely positioned to use the scale of our business and our understanding of technology, to make sustainable living a reality,” says chief executive Ronan Dunne. “A truly sustainable future, in an environmental, social and economic sense, requires businesses, like ours, to take bold steps to tackle our shared social and environmental challenges.”
For further information:
Multinationals need to reduce emissions from supply chain, says report (3-Feb)
Six companies named as global leaders in cutting emissions (5-Dec 2011)
Asda’s sustainability strategy will save £800 million by 2020 (18-Nov 2011)
Sainsbury’s sets out stall for £1 billion sustainability plan (12-Oct 2011)
07 February 2012