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Summary: Telstra has shown the possibility for its business to deliver emissions reductions across the economy. We are now using our own products and services to help our customers reduce their own emissions. And we are using these solutions ourselves and quantifying the environmental benefits.
Telstra’s original energy efficiency programs began in the 1970’s with early research into renewable energy technologies, leading to Telstra being one of the largest solar energy generator in Australia with over 10,000 solar powered sites. Over the past 10 years, Telstra started reporting externally its environmental performance. In 2007, Telstra cast a vision for how we could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the economy through the “Towards a High Bandwidth Low Carbon Future” report. Improvements in how Telstra approached environmental and sustainability reporting, along with continually introducing environmental initiatives, has led to a 10 percentage point increase in 2009 on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and maintained Telstra’s Climate Leader status on their Australia/New Zealand Climate Leaders Index by the Carbon Disclosure Project for the past 3 years.
In late 2009, Telstra announced a carbon reduction target. Since that time and up to the current time in 2010, Telstra has undertaken the development of a whole-of-company energy allocation model to assist us achieve this target. With a strong commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, Telstra is now well positioned to enable its customers to reduce their own.
The challenge for Telstra is to minimise energy consumption and Telstra’s exposure to rising electricity prices, while delivering the vital services our customers need. In short, we need to reduce our environmental footprint while growing our business.
In this presentation, I will share with you what we have done to deliver on this vision to enable our customers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. There are three areas where Telstra is improving the management of its energy use and at the same time minimising the environmental impacts on our customers.