Home
 » ISP News » 
Sponsored Links

Virgin Media O2 UK Cut Carbon Emissions by 23 Percent in 2023

Tuesday, May 7th, 2024 (12:01 am) - Score 1,040
Virgin-Media-O2-UK-Electric-Van-on-Leafy-Street

Broadband, mobile and TV giant Virgin Media O2 has this morning revealed that they reduced their carbon emissions by 23% last year (or 45% since its baseline in 2020). At the same time, they also increased their fleet of Electric Vehicles (EV) to 281 – edging them toward their target to transition to a fully EV fleet by 2030 (c. 4,300 vehicles).

The figures were released as part of VMO2’s update to their sustainability strategy (Better Connections Plan), which among other things aims to achieve Net Zero Carbon (i.e. removing as many emissions as they produce) across their operations, products and supply chain by 2040 – some 10 years ahead of the UK’s goal.

NOTE: The 23% reduction in carbon emissions reflects VMO2’s Scopes 1 and 2 targets.

In addition, the company has supported consumers to carry out 4.7 million ‘circular actions’ (e.g. recycling old tech or buying refurbished smartphones), against its 10 million goal by the end of 2025, and the O2 Recycle scheme saw almost 250,000 devices saved from landfill last year.

The operator also claims to have helped improve the digital skills of 2 million people in 2023 and is on track to reach 6 million by 2025. Elsewhere, the National Databank has provided a total of 41,933 O2 SIM cards and 188,149 of O2 data (mobile broadband) vouchers since launch. The company’s workers have also supported more than 100,000 people across the country with their five annual paid volunteering days.

In addition, VMO2 said they’ve removed 65 tonnes of single-use plastic since 2021, while also adding that 11 million routers and set-top boxes have now been refurbished and reused since 2014.

Lutz Schüler, CEO of Virgin Media O2, said:

“Our Better Connections Plan makes clear that we are a business that aims to deliver for our customers, for our communities and for our planet, and we made further strong progress across the board last year.

We are on track to meet our targets to cut Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 60% by 2025 and deliver net zero carbon by 2040. We are supporting decarbonisation through the products and services we provide, encouraging circular actions among consumers, cutting our own use of plastic, and stepping up to support the communities we serve through initiatives designed to boost skills, tackle digital exclusion and provide free data and devices to those in need.

As a major UK business, we’re committed to reducing our environmental impact as we continue to provide fast and reliable connectivity to our millions of customers.”

Finally, it’s noted that the take-up of social broadband tariffs – Essential Broadband and Essential Broadband Plus – increased by 285% last year, although that will be starting from a fairly low base given how relatively young they are.

Share with Twitter
Share with Linkedin
Share with Facebook
Share with Reddit
Share with Pinterest
Mark-Jackson
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 .
Search ISP News
Search ISP Listings
Search ISP Reviews
Comments
7 Responses
  1. Avatar photo anon says:

    What about improving their third-world customer service?

  2. Avatar photo RightSaidFred says:

    I assume that pollution from vehicles is outside of “Scope 1 and Scope 2”, since there’s no way that they reduced their total by so much when their EV uptake is so low relative to fleet size.

    Do we even know what is withing “Scope 1 and Scope 2″….? Without knowing then this is a pointless article.

    1. Avatar photo Chris says:

      Scope 1 would include their vehicle fleet.
      The scope definitions are actually a very well used and standardised framework used by organisations, governments and researchers
      https://www.epa.gov/climateleadership/scope-1-and-scope-2-inventory-guidance#:~:text=Scope%201%20emissions%20are%20direct,boilers%2C%20furnaces%2C%20vehicles).

  3. Avatar photo GigabitsAnts says:

    Think of all the Carbon Emissions saved from moving from their Old, Slow, Crappy Coaxial Copper cables that need to be power via electrical signal to Fiber Optical Fibre Connection. Wonder how many of the useless Super HUB end in landfil

    1. Avatar photo anonymous says:

      They want you to concentrate on the success story of their claim, not to examine in detail, stuff not included in the claim. 🙂

  4. Avatar photo Name says:

    They’ve managed to achieve this by not showing up at customer’s place 😉

  5. Avatar photo spurple says:

    That’s good to see. Doing more with less is always a positive.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment moderation is enabled. Your comment may take some time to appear.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

NOTE: Your comment may not appear instantly (it may take several hours) due to static caching or random moderation checks by the anti-spam system.
Javascript must be enabled to post (most browsers do this automatically)

Privacy Notice: Please note that news comments are anonymous, which means that we do NOT require you to enter any real personal details to post a message. By clicking to submit a post you agree to storing your comment content, display name, IP, email and / or website details in our database, for as long as the post remains live.

Only the submitted name and comment will be displayed in public, while the rest will be kept private (we will never share this outside of ISPreview, regardless of whether the data is real or fake). This comment system uses submitted IP, email and website address data to spot abuse and spammers. All data is transferred via an encrypted (https secure) session.

NOTE 1: Sometimes your comment might not appear immediately due to site cache (this is cleared every few hours) or it may be caught by automated moderation / anti-spam.

NOTE 2: Comments that break our rules, spam, troll or post via known fake IP/proxy servers may be blocked or removed.
Cheap BIG ISPs for 100Mbps+
Community Fibre UK ISP Logo
150Mbps
Gift: None
NOW UK ISP Logo
NOW £25.00
100Mbps
Gift: None
Virgin Media UK ISP Logo
Virgin Media £26.00
132Mbps
Gift: None
Vodafone UK ISP Logo
Vodafone £26.50 - 27.00
150Mbps
Gift: None
Plusnet UK ISP Logo
Plusnet £27.99
145Mbps
Gift: None
Large Availability | View All
Cheapest ISPs for 100Mbps+
Gigaclear UK ISP Logo
Gigaclear £17.00
200Mbps
Gift: None
Community Fibre UK ISP Logo
150Mbps
Gift: None
BeFibre UK ISP Logo
BeFibre £19.00
150Mbps
Gift: None
YouFibre UK ISP Logo
YouFibre £22.99
150Mbps
Gift: None
Hey! Broadband UK ISP Logo
150Mbps
Gift: None
Large Availability | View All
The Top 15 Category Tags
  1. FTTP (5708)
  2. BT (3563)
  3. Politics (2595)
  4. Openreach (2340)
  5. Business (2318)
  6. Building Digital UK (2273)
  7. FTTC (2060)
  8. Mobile Broadband (2038)
  9. Statistics (1826)
  10. 4G (1723)
  11. Virgin Media (1671)
  12. Ofcom Regulation (1491)
  13. Fibre Optic (1423)
  14. Wireless Internet (1416)
  15. FTTH (1383)
Promotion
Sponsored

Copyright © 1999 to Present - ISPreview.co.uk - All Rights Reserved - Terms , Privacy and Cookie Policy , Links , Website Rules , Contact
Mastodon