How can a telecommunications company fight climate change?

Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications company, is acting on climate change: Carbon neutral from this year, enabling 100% renewable energy by 2025, and reducing absolute emissions 50% by 2030.

Connecting millions

Telstra is one of the largest consumers of power in Australia. Covering a continent as big as Australia and keeping millions of customers connected, requires 5.6 petajoules of energy each year. In FY20, that resulted in nearly 1.2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. As businesses, governments, communities across Australia increasingly adapt and adopt new digital technologies, the volume of data on Telstra’s network is growing significantly and is expected to triple by 2025.


To address these issues, in December 2019, Telstra announced their commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In March 2020, they took that one step further by setting three ambitious climate goals:

  1. Be carbon neutral in 2020
  2. Enable renewable energy generation equivalent to 100 per cent of their consumption by 2025.
  3. Reduce their absolute emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2030

To enable renewable energy generation by 2025, Telstra plans to own or contract renewable energy generation equivalent to all of the energy they consume across their operations, including their networks and buildings. They also plan to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in absolute emissions by 2030 through a range of initiatives, including increasing investment in their energy efficiency program as well as new technologies.

Mission accomplished

In July 2020, Telstra met their goal of being certified carbon neutral in their operations, receiving Climate Active’s largest certification in Australia under the Commonwealth Government’s Climate Active program. Despite increasing demand for data, their network facility energy reduction program and decommissioning activities contributed a 3.4 per cent reduction towards achieving both their carbon neutrality and emissions reduction goals. The carbon balance was achieved in part by purchasing carbon offsets from a mix of Australian and international projects. One of the Australian projects they are supporting is the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor, a native reforestation project located in Southwest Australia – a known global biodiversity hotspot.


Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor from Carbon Positive Australia

This story shows how Telstra support supports Goal 13: Climate Action, specifically Target 13.3: “Improve education, awareness raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and early warning.”

About Telstra

Telstra is an Australian telecommunications and technology company, offering a range of communications services. It is a member of the ASX100 and Australia’s largest telecommunications company by market share. In fact, Telstra has a long history in Australia, originating together with Australia Post as the Postmaster-General’s Department upon federation in 1901.

Find out more about how Telstra is supporting the goals.

The On-Pack Recycling Label Ltd is taking action to tackle climate change through its simple, nationwide, labelling scheme to help consumers recycle.

Recycling Labels- What Do They Mean? from OPRL

In with the old, out with the new

Typically, packaging production using recycled metals and plastics uses 95% less energy than making packaging from new materials. However, recycling rates in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland remain relatively low, in contrast to Wales. With a shortage of recycled materials available, brands and retailers have to use higher proportions of new materials. In fact, the UK waste and resources sector accounts for 4% of national greenhouse gas emissions. With two-thirds of that coming from landfill due to the anaerobic biodegradation of food and organic waste, which produces methane 80 times more damaging than CO2.

Little label, big impact

It’s on your can of beans, your elderflower cordial, your chocolate bar. In fact, OPRL’s award-winning label is recognised by 3 in 4 consumers and used by more than 570 businesses, including Hotel Chocolat, Nestle and Costa Coffee. Every day there are new innovations in recycled materials, from clothing to pencils and milk containers, but these climate-friendly activities only work if consumers know exactly what can and cannot be recycled.

Inside Action

Alongside their labelling scheme, OPRL is using Veolia’s Procycle Service to enable employees to send back hard to recycle biscuit and sweet wrappers, and is offsetting travel and commuting related emissions. In addition, through carefully chosen Reserves and pensions investments, OPRL has dedicated the equivalent of 25-30% of its annual turnover to climate action, all while maintaining their external mission of demystifying recycling for the benefit of the planet.

This story shows how OPRL supports Goal 13: Climate Action, specifically Target 13.3: “improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.”

About OPRL

OPRL is an independent, not-for-profit company that aims to help people recycle packaging more often and correctly, through a simple labelling scheme for hundreds of brands. Any surplus income is reinvested in the recycling-promotion activities that enable them to support the Sustainable Development Goals.

Find out more about how OPRL is supporting the goals.

Ecopence, an emerging online marketplace for ethical and environmentally friendly products, aims to accelerate the shift in consumption habits through incentivising responsible consumption.

(Ir)responsible consumption

The economic and social progress seen across the world over the last century has been followed by a vast increase in the number of products consumed on a daily basis. In fact, if the global population reaches 9.6 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets would be needed to provide enough natural resources to sustain our current lifestyles. Ecopence is committed to creating a much-needed change in our everyday habits to reduce our impact on the planet.


Ecopence’s mission is to give customers as well as businesses an incentive to reduce waste, pollution and become more energy efficient. They aim to educate on responsible consumption and production practices and provide simple solutions that are available to businesses and consumers alike. By promoting and selling sustainable products and solutions, and then rewarding consumers for their choices, Ecopence hopes to inspire more people to contribute to building a better future.

Rewarding good behaviour

To date, Ecopence has developed a number of partnerships with eco-friendly businesses, advising them with clear actions plans and solutions to make their operations more sustainable. When customers use Ecopence’s marketplace to shop for eco-friendly products, they receive a discount as part of their loyalty program. This allows Ecopence customers to purchase discounted eco-friendly products from Ecopence, or any of their partners, and encourages them to continue to shop more sustainably.

This story shows how Ecopence supports Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, specifically Target 12.5: “By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.”

About Ecopence

Based in Malta, Ecopence is an emerging online marketplace for ethical and environmentally friendly products that encourage consumers to shop more sustainably.

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Woodland Burial Company provides environmentally-friendly resting places, within beautiful woodland surroundings, that protect people and the planet.


Woodland Burial Company from Woodland Burial Company.

A place to rest

After losing a loved one, it’s natural to feel unsure about where to put them to rest. Churchyards and communal gardens are becoming overcrowded and cannot offer a permanent home, whilst many council Gardens of Remembrance require renewed payment every 5 years. Woodland Burial Company’s mission is to provide green burials for loved ones’ in a way that protects their future and the future of the habitat surrounding them.

A lasting promise

Woodland Burial Company promises that all of their woodlands are protected for a minimum of 199 years, with the site under the management of the Woodland Burial Trust it will never be redeveloped or built on. This ensures that their woodland spaces become managed habitats for an exceptional variety of animals, birds, plants, and trees. This lasting legacy helps to restore the natural environment and creates an oasis of life in which the natural world can truly thrive.

Returning to nature

Woodland Burial Company’s plan is to fully restore the woodland to its natural state. Each time they remove a pine tree, to create a bench or bird box, they allow a little more light to creep through the canopy, encouraging the smaller oaks and other trees to thrive. Through the sustainable management of the woodland, they support new fauna growth and the return of native wildlife, increasing biodiversity. Woodland Burial Company is also able to offset the carbon impact of every family they work with. Whether they choose a traditional burial or cremation, Woodland Burial Company’s 11.5 acres of trees at Granville’s Wood creates just under a metric tonne of carbon offset.

This story shows how Woodland Burial Company supports Goal 15: Life on Land, specifically Target 15.1: “By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements.”

About Woodland Burial Company

Woodland Burial Company was set up by the green initiative Faunus Group to provide environmentally-friendly resting places, within beautiful woodland surroundings.

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Go Zero is an all-electric, zero-emission, transport platform powered by 100% renewable energy. Their goal is to create a nationwide network of electric cabs and grow their App-based platform to help reduce CO2 emissions and noise pollution, with 15,000 drivers by 2030.

About Go Zero from Go Zero Earth.

Really black cabs

The UK is the first major economy to pass a net-zero emissions law, setting “net-zero” greenhouse gases by 2050. The taxi industry is a major contributor to CO2 emissions, with some of the older models of London’s world-famous black cabs emitting up to 30 times as much pollution as personal cars the same age. With CO2 emissions showing no signs of slowing, Go Zero plans to lead an entire industry to electric travel and expand across the UK.

Go Zero

Go Zero, launched in 2017, began by offering a zero-emission electric cab service to and from London airports in Tesla vehicles. Providing their passengers with a door to door service that was more sustainable, more energy-efficient and kinder to the environment. To date, Go Zero has completed over 10,000 zero-emission journeys covering over 600,000 electric miles which has saved an impressive 174 tonnes of CO2. But they aren’t stopping there, their aim over the next seven years is to expand to 10 major cities and international airports across the UK and Ireland, operating 8,000+ vehicles and transporting over 14 million passengers annually.

Fewer wheels, more travel

Go Zero doesn’t just use electric cars and charge them with renewable energy, they are also committed to many other sustainable travel options. In fact, they plan to make commuting more environmentally friendly – and efficient – through their eBike and eScooter options. Ric Boullemier, Chief Product Officer at Go Zero, has stated: “The way we travel and commute has to change and Go Zero aims to provide sustainable transport solutions across the UK with eBikes, eScooters and electric cars all leading the way.”

This story shows how Go Zero supports Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, specifically Target 11.2: “By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.”

About Go Zero

Founded in 2017, Go Zero is an all-electric travel network powered by 100% renewable energy. Based in Bracknell, England Go Zero offers a zero-emission, ride-hailing and pre-bookable cab service in a range of electric vehicles.

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Softcat, an award-winning IT solutions and services provider, assembled a host of channel executives to take part in 2019’s World’s Big Sleep Out.

1 in 200

One in every 200 people in Britain are homeless and sleeping on the streets, or stuck in temporary accommodation. In 2017 alone, over 4,000 people were sleeping rough – that’s a 50% increase from 2010. In fact, homeless people are 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence and over nine times more likely to take their own life than the general population.

World’s Big Sleep Out

The World’s Big Sleep Out was established by Josh Littlejohn to bring the Sleep in the Park concept worldwide. In 2019, the World’s Big Sleep Out took place in a number of cities worldwide, including Los Angeles, New York, Brisbane and Edinburgh. In fact, more than 60,000 people, including well-known celebrities, took part across 50 countries globally. In London’s Trafalgar Square, those camping out faced temperatures of about 10C and heavy rain – conditions rough sleepers face every day.


The CEO of Softcat, Graeme Watt, was joined by 11 channel execs, as well as friends from other industries to raise money to help end homelessness worldwide. The team, which included Softcat directors Al Wynn, Richard Lecoutre and James Baker, raised over £100,000 by taking part in the London event. Softcat said, “the event has captured the imagination of people who want to help address homelessness but are not sure how to go about doing so.”

This story shows how Softcat supports Goal 1: No Poverty, specifically Target 1.3: “implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable.”

About Softcat

Founded in 1993, Softcat is an award-winning IT solutions and services provider founded by Peter Kelly. Based in Marlow, they have over 1,300 employees.

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noissue is an online platform for designing and ordering custom, sustainable packaging for a business or brand. They are committed to making sustainable packaging solutions attainable to all businesses – no matter the size. 

Sustainable Packaging For Your Business from noissue

Back and forth

noissue was founded in late 2017 by Josh Bowden and Auguste ‘Augie’ Gruar. Having started a business themselves, and in need of high-quality custom packaging, they found themselves disappointed by the current state of the packaging industry. Facing high minimums, long wait times, and a not-so-transparent methodology, coupled with endless emails back and forth with account managers for quotes, the idea for noissue was born. 

No issue

Sustainable, custom packaging was noissue’s mantra from the beginning. Starting with eco-friendly printed tissue paper, available in low minimums and designed online, no issue has now branched out to offer custom compostable stickers, custom compostable packing tape and compostable mailers. All their ink is soy-based and their tissue is completely acid-free and FSC Certified. They strongly believe that sustainable packaging doesn’t have to be unattainable. 

Eco Alliance 

All noissue packaging is eco-friendly, but they also wanted to include a more hands-on way for their customers to get involved in protecting the environment. The Eco-Packaging alliance is an initiative started by noissue to help further offset the impact of its customer’s packaging needs. With every order, trees are planted in deforested regions across the world to help revive biodiversity. In fact, to say thanks for contributing, they give every customer their very own eco-alliance badge to put on their website. 

This story shows how noissue supports Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, specifically Target 12.5: “By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse.”

About noissue

noissue is an online platform for designing and ordering custom, sustainable packaging for a business or brand. Founded in 2017, they chose the name ‘noissue’ because of their commitment to eliminating the unnecessary issues that can crop up with custom production. 

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BrewDog, a multinational brewery and pub chain, have released a beer to shake the world by the shoulders. The ‘Make Earth Great Again’ beer was created to remind global leaders to prioritise issues related to climate change, with all proceeds donated to 10:10, a charity lobbying for legislative changes relating to global warming.

Make Earth Great Again from Brewdog.

Brew who?

BrewDog was founded in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickie. In the last decade, it has become the largest and fastest-growing craft-beer producer in Europe, now representing five of the top seven UK beers. BrewDog was born on the singular mission of helping people to love craft beer as much as its founders do, and its story is all the more remarkable for the way in which it became a $1 billion brewery through crowdfunding as opposed to using traditional financing methods. 

Make Earth Great Again

BrewDog not only campaigns for craft beer, but for sustainability and social causes. One example is the recently launched Make Earth Great Again. It is a protest beer created to remind global leaders to prioritise issues related to climate change, with all proceeds donated to 10:10, a charity lobbying for legislative changes relating to global warming. It is a 7.5% ABV saison containing ingredients from areas of the world most affected by our changing planet, it is brewed with water from melted Polar ice caps and cloudberries from the threatened Arctic. We then fermented the saison at a higher temperature than their other beers as a metaphor for global warming.

Polar bears in Shoreditch

In a further attempt to raise awareness of climate change, BrewDog decided to serve their Make Earth Great Again beer in BrewDog Shoreditch from a replica life-size polar bear. In fact, the campaign overall reached over 2 billion people, with 12 countries covering the campaign as national news – they even sent a case of beer to the White House. 

This story shows how BrewDog supports Goal 13: Climate Action, specifically Target 13.3: “improve education, awareness raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and early warning.”

About BrewDog

In 2007, James and Martin started BrewDog with a mission to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as they were. From an industrial estate in northeast Scotland, BrewDog came howling into the world. Over a decade later, the company has become the fastest-growing Food & Drinks company in the UK, one of the Times Top 100 Best Employers, and has broken into markets across the world. 

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With an estimated £140m worth of clothing going to landfill in the UK each year, British supermarket Asda is helping to find new homes for unwanted clothes with a trial of an in-store ‘Re-Loved’ charity clothing shop.

Closet costs

In the UK, the value of unused clothing in wardrobes has been estimated at around £30 billion. It is also estimated £140 million worth of clothing goes into landfill each year. In fact, during 2015, greenhouse gas emissions from textiles production globally totalled more than the emissions of all international flights and shipping combined. As a whole in the UK, the average lifetime for a garment of clothing is estimated as 2.2 years. Extending the active life of clothing by nine months can significantly reduce its environmental impact.


In September 2019, the ‘Re-Loved’ pop-up shop in Asda’s Milton Keynes store featured donated second-hand clothes from a number of different brands, as the retailer looks at ways to encourage customers to reuse, repurpose or recycle their unwanted clothes. The move is part of a drive by George, Asda’s fashion brand, to improve the environmental impact of its clothes and operations, following the launch of its new sustainability strategy and the first range of recycled polyester clothing. It already has a zero-tolerance policy towards incineration of clothing waste and its surplus products are donated to be repurposed or recycled by a number of different charities. It also has clothing recycling points for customers at almost 500 stores.

Tickled Pink

All proceeds from the shop will go to Asda’s Tickled Pink campaign, which supports Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now. Asda founded Tickled Pink in 1996 to raise awareness and funding for the treatment of breast cancer in the UK. To date, the Tickled Pink partnership has raised over £64 million for vital breast cancer research and support.

This story shows how ASDA supports Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, specifically Target 12.5: “By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse.”

About ASDA

Founded in 1949, Asda is a British supermarket retailer, headquartered in Leeds, West Yorkshire. They have more than 140,000 employees serving more than 19 million customers who shop in their stores every week.

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Every child deserves an education. But around the world, millions of children are not in school because of conflict, natural disasters, and other emergency situations. These children are vulnerable to the risks of child labour, early marriage, and recruitment into militia groups. To help tackle this critical issue, Pearson and Save the Children UK joined forces in 2015 to launch Every Child Learning.

#EveryChildLearning – Pearson & Save the Children from Pearson.

A lost education

The Syrian conflict has led to over 2.8 million Syrian children to be out of school. In Jordan, there are 655,365 Syrians registered, with 261,000 of school age. Only 61% of them attend school. Many in school are still not learning — they often haven’t been in a classroom in months or even years, making learning at the appropriate level particularly challenging.

Investing in education

To help tackle this critical issue, Pearson has been working with Save the Children on Every Child Learning, a partnership to deliver high-quality education to Syrian refugee and host community children in Jordan. Working with children, parents, teachers, school leadership, and the Ministry of Education, the partnership aims to secure improvements in overall academic performance, build resilience, and strengthen child wellbeing.

Space Hero

Pearson has committed £4.5m to support an in-school program, led by Save the Children, that focuses on after-school learning, psycho-social support, teacher professional development, and school-community relations. They have also developed a math learning app called Space Hero, which is deployed through the program. Space Hero (Batlalfada) is a fun and engaging math learning app, designed by Pearson in collaboration with refugee and Jordanian children, aged 9–12, to strengthen their math skills. In addition to being used in the in-school program, it is available to the public to download for free on Google Play. In 2018, the app had over 28,000 new users and it is Pearson’s highest rated app in the Google Play Store.

This story shows how Pearson supports Goal 4: Quality Education, specifically Target 4.5: “By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.”

About Pearson

Pearson plc is a multinational publishing and education company headquartered in London, England. It was founded as a construction business in the 1840s but switched to publishing in the 1920s. It is the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries – and was once the largest book publisher in the world.

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