Key milestones


WCA Green Award

BT wins the WCA Green Award - acknowledging BT’s corporate responsibility and sustainability activities.

2010 Green Business Award

BT wins the 2010 Green Business Award in the carbon emissions performance category.


BT is named among the leaders in the European market for sustainable telecoms in the
Green Quadrant Sustainable Telecoms Europe 2010 study by Verdantix.

Business in the Community 2010 - Big Tick re-accreditation

BT is awarded a Big Tick from Business in the Community (BiTC) for its environmental campaigns relating to climate change.

Committed to the Environment award

BT granted the Committed to the Environment award which aims to recognise companies that conduct their business in an environmentally conscious manner, with clear leadership in terms of understanding and reducing the environmental impact of the company.

2010 Best Practice Award

BT is awarded the 2010 Frost & Sullivan Green Excellence Award in Corporate Leadership in the European telecommunications market for leading the way in environmental initiatives.

WWF One in Five Challenge

BT becomes the first company to be awarded the WWF One in Five Challenge for successfully having reduced its employee flights by more than 20 per cent in one year.


The company also receives a bronze ICARUS accreditation by the Institute of Travel & Meetings for its commitment to cut carbon emissions.


Green Business Awards

Sunday Times Best Green Companies

Carbon Trust Standard

BT launches its Cycle Fit initiative aimed at encouraging its people to take up cycling and reduce their personal carbon emissions. 

BT is highly commended in the prestigious Green Awards 2009 for its global carbon emissions reduction programme. 

BT becomes Sustainability Partner to the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and the first ever partner to the Games to commit to assessing the impact of the products and services it supplies.

In the USA, the solar installation at our headquarters in El Segundo, California, received a Southern California Environmental Excellence Development Award.

BT achieves a top-ten ranking in the Sunday Times Best Green Companies Awards.

BT Global Services further extends the availability of its Carbon Impact Assessment service to the Benelux region, France and Italy.

BT becomes one of the first companies in the UK to receive certification to the Carbon Trust Standard.


Carbon Disclosure Project

Energy efficient phones

BT launches its three year Global Energy Saving campaign to reduce its carbon emissions by 75,000 tonnes by March 2011. The company expects the economic benefits associated with the saving to be worth around £15 million.

BT announces the construction of a solar photovoltaic system for its North American corporate headquarters site in the City of El Segundo (Los Angeles County). BT expects to reduce carbon emissions by 700,000 pounds (more than 316 metric tons) annually as well as decrease its overall power costs for the site in future years.

BT publishes new model for measuring and tracking carbon emissions – backed by the Carbon Disclosure Project. This represents an important step in measuring carbon emissions in a consistent way across the globe.

BT sets a stretching new target to reduce its worldwide CO2 emissions per unit of BT’s contribution to GDP by 80 per cent from 1997 levels, by 2020. So far, we have reduced the carbon intensity of our global business by 43 per cent.

BT reduces its absolute UK CO2 emissions by 58 per cent from their 1997 levels with 41 per cent of the electricity we use coming from renewable sources

BT launches new range of energy efficient phones that consume around half the power of their predecessors.

Chris Tuppen, BT's chief sustainability officer, is named by The Guardian as one of the 50 people who could save the planet from environmental disaster.



BT announces its Carbon Club initiative to bring BT people together to discuss climate change issues.

BT Global Services launches its new Carbon Impact Assessment service in the UK and USA to help large companies and public sector organisations to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint.

BT announces plans to develop wind farms aimed at generating up to 25 per cent of the company’s existing UK electricity requirements by 2016. It is the biggest investment in wind power to be announced so far by a company outside the UK energy sector.



BT pledges that 20 per cent of its global workforce will be actively involved in reducing their carbon emissions at home and at work by 2012.

BT launches its new climate change strategy which has four elements: Reducing our own carbon footprint; Influencing our customers; Influencing our suppliers; and Engaging our employees.



In the Business in the Environment Index of Corporate Engagement – BT is placed in the premier league of companies scoring over 95 per cent.

BT’s chief executive officer, Ben Verwaayen and CEOs from 23 other multinational companies signed a statement calling for action by world leaders on climate change.



BT signs what, at the time, was the world’s largest contract for the supply of “green” energy with npower and British Gas.



BT receives a special Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants for producing consistently high quality environmental performance reports.



BT is the top rated FTSE 100 company in the Business in the Environment Index of Corporate Environmental Engagement.



BT’s UK-wide Environmental Management System (EMS) is certified to ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management systems.



BT wins both the Association of Certified Chartered Accountancy Premier Awards (ACCA) and European environmental reporting awards for its 1996/97 Environmental Performance Report.



BT wins Premier Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Award in recognition of exemplary environmental achievement for its refrigerant free cooling system.



BT makes a pledge to reduce its carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2006 in the UK.



BT’s procurement division wins the Royal Society of the Arts Environmental Management award for its pioneering work on integrating environmental factors into the purchasing process.

BT is the first major company accreditation under the energy efficiency scheme, run by the National Energy Foundation.



BT sets its first carbon reduction target and begins reporting on its environmental performance.



BT sets up its first environmental management system.