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New Guidance for UK Telecoms SMEs on How to Reach Net Zero

Tuesday, Nov 14th, 2023 (10:41 am) - Score 1,280

The Digital Connectivity Forum (DCF), an industry think-tank for the UK Government, has today published new guidance to telecoms SMEs on how they can reach Net Zero targets (i.e. the goal of an organisation to remove as many carbon emissions as they produce).

The new guidance – ‘Telco SME Net Zero Guidance‘ – is the result of collaborative efforts across the telecoms industry and provides practical steps businesses can take to adopt sustainable practices (e.g. accessing funding and switching to clean energy / generate renewable energy etc.), which is intended to help the industry reach the wider collective commitment to achieving Net Zero by 2050.

NOTE: The DCF’s sponsors are: BBC, BT, Cellnex CityFibre, Cornerstone, DSIT, Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited, Ericsson, Gigaclear, Giganet, Hyperoptic, Openreach, Sky, TalkTalk, TechUK, Three UK, Virgin Media O2, Vodafone, Vorboss, Wireless Infrastructure Group.

This guidance, which reflects a fairly high-level summary that largely just links to other resources, also offers easy-to-follow instructions on calculating a company’s carbon footprint and setting credible carbon reduction goals.


Alex Mather, Head of the Digital Connectivity Forum, said:

“The DCF is delighted to launch our new climate guidance for small and medium-sized telecoms enterprises. The UK telecoms sector is a thriving and competitive one, including hundreds of smaller participants. It is therefore essential that all parts of the industry commit to taking action to decarbonize to ensure that the maximum potential impact is realised.”

No doubt this sort of development will attract the usual comments about virtue signalling, as well as the odd climate sceptic. But it’s worth remembering that, for a business, it’s always nice to have virtues worth signalling and, no matter what your stance on the climate, ensuring a cleaner supply chain is usually a positive – assuming it can be done in a way that doesn’t burden suppliers with unviable costs.

The DCF also works closely with the Consumer Communications Panel, INCA, the Local Government Association and Ofcom.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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11 Responses
  1. Avatar photo The Facts says:

    Nothing in the report to save the world. Most people know about LED lighting, particularly as they are the only ones available.

  2. Avatar photo chris says:

    “But it’s worth remembering that, for a business, it’s always nice to have virtues worth signalling and, no matter what your stance on the climate, ensuring a cleaner supply chain is usually a positive”

    Well said Mark.

  3. Avatar photo Flame Henry says:

    Thanks ChatGPT for this innovative report full of fresh ideas.

    1. Avatar photo Tom says:

      Did they think about how much energy talking about, writing and publishing this fairly boring and obvious document would use?
      Did they calculate how much energy the comments and downloads it would trigger would use up?

  4. Avatar photo Big Dave says:

    Usual greenwashing then.

  5. Avatar photo John says:

    You are the carbon they want to reduce. That’s the ultimate goal of the netzero cult

    1. Avatar photo Winston Smith says:

      Oh dear.

    2. Avatar photo Andrew G says:

      More NetZero claptrap inspired by the insipid uniparty of Westminster.

      Meanwhile, the place we buy all out stuff from started construction on 37 GW of new coal generating capacity in the first six months of 2023, and issued permits for an additional 52 GW of coal capacity. There’s 136 GW of Chinese coal plants in construction and total coal capacity is around 12.5 TW. For those unfamiliar with such things, the UK’s peak electricity demand is now about 55 GW.

      The UK can keep following this expensive folly of NetZero, but it will make no difference to the global outcome, doubly so when all we’ve done is offshore our manufacturing to China.

    3. Avatar photo Patrick says:

      Many have argued that the the actual goal of the globalists with this is to achieve global equity: countries like China and India become not only energy independent but also make a huge profit with exporting energy, meanwhile the west shoots itself on the foot by importing energy, and because prices are much more expensive, productivity drops and people get poorer in these countries. This is why you don’t see Greta Thunberg attacking the actual most polluting countries. They can’t achieve a one world government while some countries are vastly richer than others

      The brainlets in Germany even went as far as shutting down nuclear energy. The UK and the US under demented Biden are going down the same path

    4. Avatar photo XGS says:

      Hinckley Point C is under construction. Sizewell C will be starting if it ever escapes planning hell.

      The UK is late with nuclear but it is being built. Alongside wind and solar should substantially reduce our reliance on fossil fuel imports.

      Neither China or India are energy independent. Both import oil from Russia and coal from wherever, believe they’re the two largest coal importers in the world. Their energy exports are refined oil products made with the oil acquired on the cheap from Russia.

      They’re also both busy building nuclear, too.


    5. Avatar photo Patrick says:

      The damage is already done. Egg prices have already ballooned 4x. Eggs are very simple to produce and very much tied to energy prices which have also rose far more than the inflation figure the state wants you to believe. It is an agenda of controlled decline even if there is some progress in nuclear (which is obviously not enough)

      It is no secret that china imports coal from Australia but it is also no secret that they sell energy. When there were crazy sanctions on Russia, China was reselling their OG at the detriment of the average European. The key fact is that while the west is following this weird religion of brainwashing the new generations to block roads because the sky will fall otherwise to create compliant voters, China is building more coal plants which vastly offsets any “gain” that other countries make

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