Scotland has some of the toughest environmental targets anywhere in the world – its climate change act sets a target of reducing emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, including emissions from international aviation and shipping. It also sets an interim target for a 42 per cent cut in emissions by 2020.
BT Scotland is playing its part in helping to meet Scotland’s challenging carbon reduction targets. BT Scotland director Brendan Dick is a member of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, a gathering of leaders from Scottish public, business and civic life convened by Ian Marchant, chief executive of Scottish & Southern Energy, to help meet the delivery targets. BT is also a member of the Sustainable Glasgow initiative.
In June 2011, BT Scotland, Scottish Business in the Community and the 2020 Climate Group teamed up with Scotland’s key agencies to create the country’s first environmental, online support tool. Launched by Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson, the Envirowheel is designed to help Scottish businesses identify the help they need to save money and become more sustainable.
Each section of the wheel clearly highlights the range of help available in key areas of the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Delivery Plan – energy, transport, waste, water and behaviour change, as well as key areas of business improvement, finance and legislation. Businesses simply click the section that is most relevant to them to find the help they need.
In May 2011 BT reported on the positive steps it has made in sustainability and corporate responsibility during the previous 12 months with the publication of Better Future: BT’s 2011 Sustainability report.
This year, the company is adding being a responsible and sustainable business leader to its strategic priorities. During the year, BT maintained gold status in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (a world renowned benchmark of excellence in sustainability) and ‘Platinum plus’ level in the (Business in the Community) BITC CR Index.
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