Tuesday, December 8, 2009

AT&T Forms Sustainability Advisory Council on Greenhouse Gasses

AT&T has formed a business sustainability advisory council dedicated to the issue of greenhouse gas reduction in ICT operations. In addition to AT&T, representatives from the Carbon Disclosure Project, Cisco Systems, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the University of Colorado Denver, and University of Texas at Austin have agreed to join the AT&T Business Sustainability Advisory Council, with a number of additional organizations expected to be added soon.

The AT&T Business Sustainability Advisory Council will work to further the cause of measurement, methodologies and technology use cases to help business customers better quantify the impact of ICT-enabled solutions for greenhouse gas reduction. This includes validating the findings of the SMART 2020 report developed by The Climate Group and the Global eSustainability Initiative (GeSI), which identified ICT-enabled solutions with the potential to reduce CO2e emissions by up to 15 percent worldwide annually by 2020.

By arming companies with this information, the council aims to help businesses make smarter sustainability choices and investments and better prepare for potential environmental regulation.

"In forming this council, we've taken an important step in helping companies realize the benefit of responsible action that, in parallel, can have compelling business benefits," said Ron Spears, President and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Business Solutions. "AT&T is looking forward to working with the council as it helps us develop measurement methodologies to communicate the environmental benefits of ICT products and services to customers."http://www.att.com/sustainability

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