Sustainability

Our commitments

Protecting the environment

Installing and maintaining the fibre network that connects homes and businesses is a huge operation. And we’re conscious of the impact it can have on the environment. So we support BT Group’s ambition to cut carbon emissions.
 

Our progress so far

BT Group has reduced its energy consumption for seven years running. In the UK we buy 100 per cent of the energy we need for our operation from renewable sources.
 

Reducing the impact of our fleet

We operate the third biggest vehicle fleet in the UK. There are around 22,400 Openreach vans on the road, covering more than 200 million miles every year. And that means we use a lot of fuel – over 35 million litres each year, which is around 90,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

To reduce the impact of our fleet’s emissions, we’re working with BT Group on plans to switch from diesel and petrol to electric and alternative fuels. In 2016 and 2017 we also replaced more than 10,000 vehicles with lighter and more fuel-efficient models. This reduced our CO2 emissions by almost 4,000 tonnes.

We’re now getting ready to test electric vans in different parts of the country to explore the challenges of using them on a larger scale. To help us with this we’ve joined EV100, a global campaign for electric vehicles. It aims to encourage more investment in the infrastructure needed to move to electric vehicles.