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19 May 2013 | Andy Allen
An initiative within BT's supply chain has helped the company’s suppliers reduce their carbon footprint by 30,238 tonnes within its first year.
The Better Future Supplier Forum (BFSF) was set up in April 2012 to promote best practice in sustainability within the supply chain.
As part of the forum suppliers are assessed, trained and awarded gold, silver or bronze status according to their performance against an initial baseline score. Two of BT’s suppliers of electronic devices - Huawei and SGW Global, who took part in the first year pilot - have been awarded silver status awards for reducing the carbon footprints of their products.
BT technical experts worked with the suppliers’ research and development teams to make improvements. SGW Global redesigned one of its products, reducing its overall carbon footprint by more than 30 per cent, said BT. BFSF participants have so far saved more than 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from across the manufacturing process and reduced product carbon footprint by more than 23,000 tonnes.
Suppliers have also saved 102,000 metres cubed of water from manufacturing sites involved in producing BT products and reduced by about 15 per cent the amount of solid waste produced across the manufacturing processes.
Niall Dunne, chief sustainability officer for BT, said: “The Better Future Supplier Forum demonstrates how collaboration across the supply chain can have a positive impact on our environment.
“By encouraging scrutiny of not only our own operations but those of our partners and suppliers, we’re able to offer more sustainable products and services.”
Following the success of the first-year pilot, the project is now being extended to other global suppliers.