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O2 gets greener with multi-billion carbon savings for businesses

Saf Malik
November 19, 2020

Announcement comes after Government plan for Green Industrial Revolution

O2 has today announced a Green Savings Calculator which will help businesses to identify ways to reduce their carbon footprint and save money with long-term flexible working.

The announcement comes following the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

In trials, the calculator found an average potential saving of £2.6m for a company of 1,000 employees.

Companies such as Hitachi Capital UK PLC are already signed up for the ongoing beta trial of the calculator which could support thousands of businesses across the UK in becoming more flexible.

O2 research has shown that if UK workers can flexibly work from home twice a week, the UK would see an annual 14.3 megatonne CO2e decrease in greenhouse gas emissions from travel – more than the total annual emissions of Northern Ireland.

O2 CEO Mark Evans said: The Government’s green announcements are ambitious and hugely welcome.

“But the scale of the environmental challenge is such that businesses cannot sit back and wait for the Government to solve the problem for us – we need to take our own action, fast, and O2 is committed to achieving Net Zero by 2025.

“The surge in remote working caused by the pandemic has had huge green benefits and cannot be a flash in the pan, even as a vaccine rolls out. Businesses must examine their carbon footprints and make smart investments – including in digital connectivity – to ensure more efficient and greener operations persist even as the pandemic recedes.”

The Carbon Trust chief executive Tom Delay said: “We are dedicated to helping businesses move towards a more sustainable future by creating tools to inform strategic decisions.

“Re-imagining working patterns in the coming months and years provides an opportunity to shift towards more sustainable business models.

“The Carbon Trust has worked with O2 for over 10 years on its carbon reduction strategy and we look forward to continuing our work together to help deliver a net-zero future.”


Mark Evans O2

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