Telefónica UK recognised with highest Carbon Trust Standard

O2 today announces it has achieved recertification to the Carbon Trust Standard for Supply Chain at level 3, the highest possible level. The standard is the world’s first independent certification for recognising organisations that are measuring, managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions within their supply chains, demonstrating leadership in their industry by making real progress year-on-year.

To achieve this certification, O2 took measures including working with suppliers to agree efficiency roadmaps. O2 also actively engaged with suppliers responsible for the major sources of emissions to ensure carbon reduction commitments were agreed and delivered with more than 21% of supply chain emission sources.

As part of its on-going commitment to lower its carbon footprint, O2 now routinely secures validated carbon reduction programmes from major suppliers and builds them into its contractual agreements. This ensures that supply chain carbon reduction commitments will continue to be established and delivered.

Bill Eyres, Director of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at O2, said “Given our procurement footprint, we have the opportunity, the responsibility and the influence to improve sustainability within our supply chain. This is all part of our commitment to being a responsible and sustainable business.

“Today we are already contractually engaged in carbon reduction programmes with suppliers representing more than a quarter of our supply chain emission sources, and we anticipate actively engaging even more of our suppliers in the future. It is fitting that we share that O2 has achieved re-certification to the Carbon Trust Supply Chain Standard on World Environment Day.”

O2 was first awarded a Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon in 2010 for successfully reducing operational emissions, which has fallen by 80% in a five-year period from a 2010 baseline. The firm was also the first mobile company in the world to achieve the Carbon Trust Triple Standard for carbon, water and waste in 2014.

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine