The opportunities for greater sustainability in a post pandemic society

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Today marks World Environment Day and as we look at the world now through the lens of the Covid19 pandemic it’s interesting to note that, in transforming our working habits into a remote, more digital structure, we’ve inadvertently done something hugely positive – we’ve all become more sustainable.

As both a technology company and a leader on climate action for the last 25 years, BT has long promoted the sustainable benefits of moving to a more digital structure and away from the traditional, high energy use model. At its most basic level, digital transformation means more remote working and therefore less travel, less use of equipment as a result of cloud based operations and reducing energy consumption by eliminating old, on premise hardware that’s simply not needed anymore.

We’re proud to be supporting our customers on this journey, particularly through this crisis, when many are embarking on this journey for the first time. It’s what we’re good at and we don’t just encourage our customers and suppliers to become more sustainable – we practise what we preach and are actively working towards becoming a net zero emissions company by 2045. We’re achieving this in many ways including:

  • We’ve moved our power supply to 100% renewable energy
  • We’ve achieved our independent ISO14001 certification ensuring governance on our environmental standards
  • We’re ensuring that our procurement selection process chooses partners who are aligned to our vision of a sustainable world
  • We’ve achieved a 25 % reduction in Energy Consumption over last 5 years despite growing our customer base. This is through investment in more efficient technology across our Network and Data Centre
  • We’re reducing our overall Global Warming Potential (GWP) wherever possible

We’re also proud to be part of Business in the Community's  Low Carbon Pledge campaign, along with 57 other Irish based companies. Their latest report published today, outlines our collective progress since the pledge was signed in 2018.

The next challenge for many organisations as we emerge from the Covid19 lockdown, will be to find that all important balance between adopting some of these digital changes on a permanent basis whilst re-introducing that all important face to face contact. It will be interesting to see who thrives in this new world and our experience tells us that those who embrace both models are most likely to succeed.

Alan Shanley