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Telecommunications giant BT generated almost one-quarter (23.4%) of its total annual 2018 revenue through selling products and services which contribute to carbon savings at a consumer level, the business has revealed.
The figures, published as part of BT’s latest Digital Impact and Sustainability report, show that the revenue the company generated through carbon-combative products last year was £5.5bn, up from £5.3bn in 2017.
According to the report, BT products and services helped customers cut their carbon emissions by 11.7 million tonnes during 2018, largely through energy efficiency improvements and a greater dependence on renewable energy.
This marks a 200,000-tonne increase on its 2017 figure and comes as the company is striving to help customers collectively cut their emissions by three times the company’s own end-to-end emissions. The 3:1 ambition currently sits at a ratio of 2.6:1, up from 2.4:1 last year.
Commenting on this progress, BT’s head of environmental sustainability Gabrielle Giner said: “Climate action makes sense for business and through our people, products and services we’ve been able to take some dramatic steps towards tackling one of society’s biggest challenges.”
Giner previously told edie that the 3:1 ambition had been influenced by a flexible and highly innovative supply chain.
A net-zero future
The report is the first to be published by BT since the firm set a net-zero carbon target for its own operations last autumn in the wake of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) landmark report on global warming.
With an end date of 2045, the ambition builds on BT’s science-based target for 2030, which is aligned with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C trajectory and requires BT to reduce emissions by 87% by 2030 against a 2016/17 baseline.
A key facet in reaching this net-zero goal, the new report states, will be switching BT’s electricity to 100% renewables worldwide – a feat the company hopes to achieve by 2020. It notably purchases 1% of all electricity sold in the UK and, while it has shifted to 100% clean power for its UK operations, its global energy mix was 87% renewables in 2018.
The report states that the remaining 13% of BT’s energy mix can be accounted for by “transitioning accounts” or is procured in countries “where there’s no renewable supply, the energy can’t be certified as renewable by an internationally recognised scheme, or where our landlords buy non-renewable electricity in buildings [it occupies].” Nonetheless, the company maintains that it is on track for its 2020 goal.
Other notable steps which BT is taking on the pathway to its science-based target and net-zero goal include transitioning fleets to low-emission vehicles and decarbonising its building portfolio. But according to Giner, action is now needed from policymakers to ensure that businesses on their own low-carbon transitions “can make the most of the positive momentum being generated”.
Giner’s statement comes as the UK Government is deciding whether to adopt the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) advice on legislating for a net-zero carbon economy by 2050, in line with the IPCC’s recommendations. Las week, a Government spokesperson said that a decision on the CCC’s recommendation will be made “in a timeframe which reflects the urgency of the issue”.
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During an interactive webinar on Thursday (30 May), experts from CDP, Multiplex and Carbon Credentials answered readers’ key questions on Scope 3 (indirect) emissions and science-based targets. Here, edie rounds up their answers.
Since the launch of the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), more than 500 companies from across the world have publicly committed to set approved goals in line with the Paris Agreement. But less than half have had their targets rubber-stamped, with the complex challenge of measuring and reducing Scope 3 emissions often cited as a key barrier.
In association with consultancy Carbon Credentials, edie therefore hosted an hour-long webinar exploring how organisations of all sizes and sectors can close the Scope 3 “reporting gap” on the road to setting ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, giving readers the chance to have their pressing questions answered in real-time.
Originally broadcast at 1 pm on 30 May and now available on demand, this interactive webinar heard from some of the experts who are sizing up to the challenge of measuring and reducing their company’s own Scope 3 emissions – and those that are advising other organisations on how to do just that.
During the webinar, Multiplex Construction Europe’s sustainability manager Pavan Juttla, CDP’s account manager for supply chain projects Matthew Sumners and Carbon Credentials’ senior consultant Annabell James were asked all manner of questions about value chain emissions, covering topics from data assurance to employee engagement.
Here, edie rounds up their answers in brief – both to the questions that were asked during the hour-long session, and those that we didn’t have time to cover on the day.
Annabell: “If everyone uses the GHG Protocol as their reporting standard, that should minimise the possibility. It is accepted that there will be double counting within the supply chain, but, at the end of the day, it will still be driving the emission reductions that are needed.”
Pavan: “If you are working jointly as an industry, you need to be transparent about that rather than taking exclusive credit.”
Matthew: “Here at CDP, we have questions related to direct collaboration between suppliers and members, so you can find examples of accounting for joint projects.”
Matthew: “A lot of our members take what they do at Tier 1 and then evaluate further, step by step, but it is quite difficult to know exactly what to do in the absence of clear guidance.”
Pavan: “There’s a level of confidence in that if you account for Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers, they should incorporate emissions further down the chain themselves.”
Pavan: “You can approach Scope 3 data assurance in the same way as Scope 1 and 2, in that there are a lot of different standards out there for companies to use. It’s really about tracing your data back to the source and being sure that methodologies and calculation techniques are as good as they can be.
“The initial screening you carry out to determine which Scope 3 emissions are relevant to your business should involve looking at your current data sources, others you have available, and where you need to get to.”
Matthew: “Getting verification and following different ISO standards is a good move – it gives you guidance on how to integrate sustainability.”
Pavan: “Incorporate the information that you need to capture for energy and carbon as soon as possible and integrate it into financial reporting. This makes it part of business-as-usual, so it doesn’t feel like an add-on.
“Sell the business case to the supply chain department; show the benefits for suppliers in terms of reputation, market competitiveness and any long-term financial savings. This is essential before engaging procurement and finance teams.”
Annabell: “That’s a question which seems to be cropping up a lot at the moment but it’s a bit of a grey area. In terms of accounting, there’s not much you can do presently, but there is always the good story that you can tell in the narrative of your communications around your wider impact.”
Pavan: “Rather than committing to our science-based target then going through the process of setting it, we ran a two-year internal engagement piece with out senior management. I think that worked very well, because we were able to get their buy-in from the very early stages and they were directly involved in the strategy.
“This enabled us to engage our supply chain from the very top, rather than middle management, who are still responsible for the day-to-day progress towards the target.”
Matthew: Putting a price on carbon emissions can lead to a reduction in emissions among many other benefits and expanding carbon pricing could increase reductions especially if implemented effectively. I am no expert in carbon pricing, but creating new revenue streams to help improve emissions reductions could play a role in Scope 3 reductions.”
Annabell: “Scope 3 accounting for the financial and banking industry is evolving. The most significant Scope 3 category tends to be Category 15, Investments. The GHG Protocol provides guidance on calculation of emissions from four types of investment – equity, debt, project finance and managed investments. Emissions from investments should be allocated to the reporting company based on your proportional share of investment in the investee.”
Annabell: “I’d recommend showing employees the impact that their choices have, for, by example, using equivalency calculations to put emission savings into context. Developing a communications programme to reinforce key messages and share knowledge is also key.”
Matthew: “Currently, the SBTi does not engage with cities, local governments, public sector institutions, educational institutions or non-profits. We hope to expand our focus in the future but, in the meantime, the initiative encourages all these stakeholders to consider science-based target-setting methods and other resources listed on the SBTi website and adapt them for their use, whenever possible.”
Annabell: “Some Scope 3 categories can be calculated on a quarterly basis, for example, business travel if data comes directly from travel providers. Other categories can be more difficult. At a minimum we recommend calculating the full Scope 3 footprint on an annual basis.”
Annabell: “Scope 3 emissions can be normalised in the same way as Scope 1 and 2. Choose a relevant metric to your business such as revenue, floor area or production volume.”
Pavan: “We have used Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Building Regulations United Kingdom Part L (BRUKL) reports to project the carbon emissions of the buildings we deliver over their lifetime. We increase this projection to include the industry-recognised ‘performance gap’ so that our data reflects building performance, rather than the designed performance.”
Pavan: “We ask our suppliers to report carbon-related information that is strictly associated with our construction projects. We request evidence from them to demonstrate this, such as delivery tickets and onsite progress reports.
“If a supplier does not record such information directly, they may still have an overview of their financial movements between multiple customers and those costs can often be linked to materials, transport, energy and so on. This can then be converted into carbon.”
Matthew: “Companies contact the SBTi group directly about first committing to an SBT and then ultimately submit it for approval. Companies get two years after their commitment date to have their SBT approved by the SBTI. The SBTi is a global team comprised of people from all partner organisations – the UNGC, CDP, WWF and WRI.”
Pavan: “Multiplex Europe commits to reduce direct carbon emissions 30% by 2030 from a 2017 base-year. We also commit that key suppliers representing 95% of indirect emissions will set a science-based emission reduction target by 2023.”
Annabell: “The GHG Protocol provides online training on Scope 3. You can find out more here.”
Matthew: “Have direct engagement with your procurement team and build Scope 3 emissions reductions into your procurement process until it becomes ‘business-as-usual’. Then, review supplier progress year-on-year.”
Pavan: “Start asking your suppliers key questions; they might be early on in their own journey, so you can work together to measure and report emissions. If your effort is collaborative, your industry will be able to get further, quicker.”
Annabel: “Undertake a Scope 3 screening exercise to determine which categories have the biggest impact and map out an action plan from there.”
Watch the webinar on demand by clicking here.
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