04 Mar 2011 09:03:01
BT announces new green procurement strategy
BT has launched a new green procurement strategy which will require all its suppliers to prove they are making efforts to cut their carbon emissions.
The company claims to be among the first in the UK to introduce such a scheme. All suppliers will now have to create a formal climate change action plan, report their annual CO2
emissions and prove they have set themselves "challenging" emissions reduction targets.
During 2010, BT spent £12 billion with its suppliers, meaning the new scheme is likely to affect a large number of firms.
Liz Cross, BT's policy for procurement manager, said: "This is not something that we're legally obliged to do, but we see this as key to delivering on our commitments on carbon reduction."
She added that while "there is no penalty" for suppliers who do not currently comply with the new rules, "tenders and replacement contracts will take into account the action taken by suppliers to reduce their carbon output".
BT has made high profile strides to promote its commitment to energy efficiency in recent months.
Earlier in the year the company told BusinessGreen it was looking at extending the carbon footprinting model used for its London 2012 services to other corporate customers.