“JT will be neutral in its own carbon emissions and will help our stakeholders to dramatically reduce their own carbon footprint by 2030”.
Our planet ambition focuses on a series of targets, under three key pillars of focus:
Power Consumption & Energy Efficiencies >
Travel – to work and at work >
Circular Business Model >
Power Consumption & Energy Efficiencies
Electricity usage and cooling refrigerants are the primary drivers of Scope 1 and 2 Carbon emissions and are a key focus for reduction for JT within our 10-year strategy. Power consumption and energy efficiencies cover everything we do, from our high-tech Data Centres, Fixed and Mobile Networks to our various office buildings across the Bailiwicks. We have reviewed our portfolio and set some very ambitious targets centered around a reduction of property, increasing our use of renewable energy and enabling our customers to consume less power. Ambitions of this scale will not be achieved overnight but plans are in place for significant reductions with some short-term commitments that will contribute to real meaningful change going forward.
Working with our suppliers to change their source of energy to a sustainable, renewable source and locally generated where achievable
We will complete the proof of concept to power all JT Mobile RAN Technology on the island of Sark, via renewable and sustainable energy sources. Learning from which will be applied to JT Channel Islands future business.
Reduce and repurpose our footprint, through a review of our property portfolio that is based on our long-term future needs.
Reduce the impact
Use technology to enable the smart use of energy, to reduce our cooling requirements and in turn the use of refrigerants which are harmful to the environment.
Travel – to work and at work
The reduction of travel is one of the most obvious commitments to make. In 2020, COVID-19 halted local, national and international travel for most of the world's population making us re-think how to structure our working ways. Technology became the main enabler of collaboration and our planet thrived with the reduction in air pollution as a result. People everywhere found a new passion in cycling and walking as life slowed down in many ways. As the vaccination programme begins to roll-out, our challenge is to remind each other of the benefits of sustainable travel. At JT we have launched a cycle subsidy scheme to do just that. From a business perspective we intend to reduce all travel to that of essential business only and have already begun the transition of converting our fleet to electricity.
impact from on Island
JT CURRENTLY HAS 20% OF ITS FLEET ELECTRIC
During 2021 we aim to reduce the pan-island fleet number by a further 20% and continue with our introduction of electric vehicles.
Improve employee travel
to and from
In 2020 we launched our Cycle Back to Work subsidy scheme and in 2021 we will be engaging with local public transport suppliers to offer discounted rates for our employees.
Wherever possible we will use remote servicing for our customer, to reduce our on island by engineers.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, JT ensured all employees were able to work from home, providing IT and leading video conference systems to ensure everyone could stay connected.
All essential travel is offset through a “Gold standard verified” carbon offset scheme “Rwanda Borehole Clean Drinking Water”.
Circular Business Model
The importance and benefit of a circular business model is evident. It encourages consumers around the world to reuse, repair, recycle - but in order for habits to change, then businesses must allow and champion the change. The ethos is to keep waste to a minimum and by doing so, increasing the life cycle of the products we sell. That is why we offer all our devices over a three year payment plan, which encourages our customers to keep their devices for longer than the status quo. Our commitment to a circular economy is far broader and greater than this, as we’re also committed to a single-use plastic free future, supplier recycled packaging and the repurpose of our larger product portfolio, including PBX systems.
IN THE NEXT YEAR
At the end of 2020 we changed our bag supplier, our shop bags are now made from recycled paper and we no longer pre-produce customer instore brochures.
Currently over 60% of the products we stock support recyclable packaging.
We’ve recently launched a process to look at ways we can encourage customers to on-gift their legacy products to charities who could still benefit from their use and our JT engineers are reinstalling these items for free.