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We’ve helped our customers cut carbon emissions by 11.3 million tonnes

25 May 2018

Our annual Delivering our Purpose report, highlights how our products helped customers cut their carbon emissions by 11.3 million tonnes. Revenue from these products totalled £5.3bn, representing 22 per cent of our total revenue last year.

This figure, up from 10 million last year, highlights how we’re using and developing communications technology to help our customers cut carbon emissions. The amount of carbon saved equates to the emissions of nearly 3 million households. By 2020, we also want to help our customers cut their carbon by three times their own end-to-end emissions. Currently, we’ve achieved a ratio of 2.2:1, up from 1.8:1 last year. After achieving our own carbon emissions target four years early, we’ve set a new target to reduce carbon emissions intensity by 87% by 2030.

Delivering our purpose

The Delivering Our Purpose report details our progress and yearly performance against all of our 2020 ambitions across a number of local and global challenges, including climate change and social disadvantage.

Our commitment to creating a culture of tech literacy has helped us to reach more than 57,000 teachers and, through them, 1.6 million primary school children since 2014/15. We’ve done this through our Barefoot Computing project, which brings computer science alive across the curriculum.

This year saw our fibre broadband coverage reach 27.5 million UK premises. We also helped more people get online through our community fibre partnerships scheme, which helps bring fibre to some of the hardest to reach communities. This included working together with Wales and West Housing, Harrow Council, Thanet Council and Look Ahead (a charitable housing association), to, give 130,000 tenants access to free Wi-Fi since 2014. The work comes as we help the Government to achieve its target of supplying superfast broadband to 95% of UK premises.

Our employees helped us raise £109m, up from £92m last year, for good causes taking the total to £531m since 2012/13. £62m of this year’s sum came through our MyDonate platform which provides a fundraising solution for 13,700 charities. We’ve also provided free wi-fi hotspots, IT equipment and training across the globe, including healthcare centres in Ghana, helping 4.6 million socially disadvantaged people since 2014/15.

Richard Marsh, BT’s Sustainability Reporting Director, said: “This report shows that weʼre making good progress on our 2020 goals, and that weʼre contributing to solving some of the bigger challenges we as a society will face over the coming years, from climate change to access to an inclusive approach to connectivity and growth.”

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