O2 calls on technology

The mobile phone company O2 has been recertified by the Carbon Trust - and is using technology to cut emissions.

Venue: the 02 arena

Venue: the 02 arena

After DECC released figures claiming that the recession was the main factor behind a fall in carbon emissions in the UK, O2 proves to be a good example of a business which has managed to cut carbon while continuing to grow.

The mobile phone company has been recertified with the Carbon Trust Standard for successfully measuring, managing and improving carbon efficiency across its business by nearly 18%, based on turnover. In fact, it was the first mobile network operator to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard, and is the first to be re-certified.

As part of the process, O2 has built a multi-million pound, state-of- the-art head office using environmental management, smart technology and flexible working to cut the office's carbon emissions by 53%, plus a £2M investment in over 7,000 electricity smart meters.

"The Carbon Trust Standard is the de facto UK mark of commitment to carbon reduction. By retaining the Carbon Trust Standard we've proved that by using technology to measure energy usage, connect people, and encourage new ways of working - we can make a major difference to climate change," says Ronan Dunne, the firm's UK chief executive.

In the five years that O2's performance has been measured by the Carbon Trust Standard, the company has improved carbon efficiency by 22%, relative to turnover. O2's performance has been driven by the firm's sustainability programme called Think Big, part of which involves engaging O2's 11,000 employees to get behind carbon reduction initiatives.

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