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BT broadband - powered by the wind
Thursday 18 October 2007 16:29:17 by John Hunt

BT has announced plans to develop wind farms to generate 25% of its UK electricity requirements by 2016. The project will cost up to £250m and could generate a total of 250MW of electricity, enough to power a city the size of Coventry. BT is one of Britain's largest consumers of electricity with an annual requirement of 0.7% of the UK's consumption.

BT are identifying high wind-yield sites on or adjacent to BT-owned land for development, with 3 sites already in the planning permission process (Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station in Cornwall, Wideford Hill Radio Station in Orkney and Scousburgh Radio Station in Shetland). They hope to be generating up to 100MW by 2012 which would be equivalent to around 50 wind turbines.

"There is a pressing need for industry to cut carbon in ways that make business sense. BT has already achieved a 60 per cent reduction in its carbon emissions, and is committed to reducing them further to 80 per cent by 2016. Our wind energy plans play an important part in reaching that target.

Broadband technology is already cutting the need to travel, through home working and video conferencing. This makes sense for our shareholders, and also for our staff and customers who are looking to us to work in a more environmentally friendly way."

Hanif Lalani (Finance Director), BT Group

Comments

Posted by csimon over 9 years ago
Wow, this might be the only time when BT might be wanting to do any work at *my* exchange! Quite impressed with this announcement. Then aain, I'm easily impressed.

Not too impressed with the "Broadband technology is already cutting the need to travel" comment though, as BT do seem to be reluctant to provide broadband in areas that are not as well endowed with public transport options. It sounds a bit like Sky flying the Carbon Neutral flag yet insisting on sending out 7+ million magazines every month becuase it's a money spinner.
Posted by semo1 over 9 years ago
"There is a pressing need for industry to cut carbon"
no there is isn't. carbon is a basic chemical element. all organic form contains carbon.

why won't they learn that carbon dioxide is associated with the global warming fad. carbon is not shorthand for carbon dioxide, co2 is.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"The project will cost up to £250m" One has to wonder if they can afford that why isnt that type of money isnt being invested into upto date broadband technologys??
Oh and yes the statement by BT like the topic title is a load of old wind, semo1 explains that very well.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Some BT TV adverts are also some of the longest you get in peak time TV viewing (meaning a waste of electric) and they also love sending you that stupid book with your phone bill every other month about various BT options/packages. (which BTW isnt recycled but claimed to be made made from re-newable forrest).... and they have the nerve to talk about what i assume is supposed to be a carbon footprint WTF???
Posted by KarlAustin over 9 years ago
You really do have a chip on your shoulder about BT don't you?

If you don't want to receive the book, use paperless billing, problem solved.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Its nothing to do with having a chip its everything to do with hypocrisy though, how dare BT or any company claim they are spending 250 mil for the benefit of the environment when clearly they are not... As for the book even if I switched to paperless billing that doesn’t stop them producing the things does it? Also like so many others I prefer to have a hard copy of anything financial for so many reasons (too many to list here). If they were serious about the environment they wouldnt have long TV ads and un-necessary bits of paper enclosed with a bill.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 9 years ago
A single person on paperless billing - no makes little difference, ten thousand people yes it would, and for those that need hard copies you can print onto recycled paper of course. Those who get the paper billing can recycle it of course.

The 'me' era is coming to an end I hope, we all have a role to play.

Not sure how a long TV ad is relevant, since the time would have been filled by a different ad anyway.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"Not sure how a long TV ad is relevant, since the time would have been filled by a different ad anyway."
I dont disagree with that, what im saying is for a company to claim they are doing something for the planet but at the same time during peak time TV viewing to air some of the longest ads does not make sense, next time a BT ad comes on start the stop watch and compare it to others. Whats even more grating is BT dont seem to invest money where anyone wants it... long annoying TV ads 250mil on this project, the recent lets supply 14 homes broadband etc etc
Posted by herdwick over 9 years ago
yeah, I had noticed how the BT ads extend the length of the day and make everybody use more electricity. Something should be done about it. I'm waiting for the clocks to change to make them shorter again.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
^^^ Share holder logic??
Posted by herdwick over 9 years ago
You can't apply any logic to a statement like "If they were serious about the environment they wouldnt have long TV ads ". ROTFLMAO.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Obviously like Hanif Lalani (Finance Director), BT Group you have no clue on how to calculate an individuals carbon footprint or a big businesses. I particularly like the way he proudly claims they have reduced their 'carbon emissions' LOL by 60% and its going to take another 14 years to reduce that by another 20% LMAO... Talk about the clueless wonder.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
sorry got excited i meant 9 years LOL
Posted by g-bhxu over 9 years ago
That explains the slow speeds
Posted by grapevine1 over 9 years ago
Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station in Cornwall, when I visited the area in September is no longer a working station, its a visitor centre and that would be closed if the local councilors hadnt got the very first dish (Arthur)antenae made a listed building,with a preservation order etc but BT had started to pull the station down and the number two dish was flattened. Local spirit won the day. Power to the people.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Maybe they are actually trying to say they are powered by hot air rather than wind?
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