Business of Sustainability Webinar Series – BT’S Climate Action Journey
BT set its first carbon reduction target in 1992 and was one of the first companies in the world to set a science-based target aligned to a 1.5 degree pathway.
In this online seminar, Gabrielle Giner and Ian Caveney will provide an overview of BT’s climate action journey, net zero target and implementation plans, and approach to green tech innovation.
This includes seeking out the latest technologies that could potentially support BT and its public sector customers’ net zero transition, primarily from UK-based technology outfits.
Gabrielle has led BT’s environmental sustainability programme since 2009. Gabrielle is responsible for BT’s climate and environment strategies. She represents BT in external fora such as World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and We Mean Business, and chairs the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Advisory Panel.
Gabrielle has an MA from SAIS Johns Hopkins University and an MSc from the University College of London.
Ian leads BT’s strategy for developing ‘break-through’ tech that can help in the fight against the climate crisis and provide support to ‘vulnerable’ people. This includes looking at how converged networks can be an enabler to support Net Zero targets, and how AI and connected devices can support health and wellbeing.
Ian joined BT from EE in April 2016 where he was responsible for their Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and the award-winning EE Techy Tea Parties programme.
About the webinar series
The global climate crisis we are facing is impacting society, business and our environment. It is widely accepted that there needs to be radical change to the way we do business with an immediate focus on the next decade. We need to put in place more sustainable systems, that will allow us to meet the climate change targets set by the Paris Accord.
Across the globe, businesses, both small and large, are making changes to the way they function to reduce their carbon impact and operate in a manner that will allow them to remain investible.
Environmental Social Governance (ESG) reporting is driving significant changes in business behaviours and operations and many businesses are doing this to great effect, by developing much more resilient business models. But are they doing enough? And how are companies moving beyond grand ambitions to making the changes that are required?
With Glasgow hosting COP26 in November there is a focus on how businesses will respond. Over this series of six webinars, we will hear from a range of companies, large and small, global and local who are responding to these challenges.
Part of the COP26 activities at the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow
View the full programme of COP events organised across the University of Glasgow here