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BT Cuts Supply Chain CO2 Footprint

UK communications company BT says it has cut its supply chain carbon dioxide impact by more than 30,000 metric tons over the last year.

The company did not say what percentage of total CO2 emissions this figure represents.

BT established its Better Future Supplier Forum in April 2012 as an effort to drive innovation in sustainability throughout its supply chain. BT technical experts worked with the suppliers’ operational and research and development teams to review approaches and performance and provide guidance and support to make improvements, the company says.

Two of BT’s suppliers of electronic devices, Huawei and SGW Global, which took part in the first-year pilot, have received silver status BFSF awards for cutting CO2 across their manufacturing processes and reducing their products’ carbon footprints.

SGW Global, for example, redesigned an existing product, reducing its overall carbon footprint by more than 30 percent.

Other key achievements of the BFSF participants so far include: savings of more than 7,000 metric tons of CO2 from across the manufacturing process; the reduction of product CO2 footprint of more than 23,000 metric tons; savings of 102,000 m3 of water from manufacturing sites involved in producing BT products; and the reduction of around 15 percent of solid waste production across manufacturing processes.

Following the success of the first-year pilot, BT says it will extend the Better Future Supplier Forum to other global suppliers.

In related news, BT has become the first company in the world to have product carbon footprints independently verified by the Carbon Trust to the new greenhouse grass Protocol Product Standard. The independent verification covers three of BT’s consumer products: the BT Home Hub, the BT Vision+ digital set-top box and the BT Graphite 2500 DECT phone.

In 2007, the UK communications firm launched its carbon impact assessment sustainability practice aimed at large corporates and public sector organizations. The assessment focuses on measuring and helping to reduce the amount of CO2 emissions produced as a result of networked IT services.

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