Smart Cities

The technology revolution is here – the future comes to Milton Keynes

Flying cars. Teleporting. Space suits. When we think of the cities of the future, the word ‘sustainable’ is not necessarily the first thing that springs to mind. And even if those ‘The Jetsons’ inspired predictions come true one day, the city of the future is already here, and it’s not only super hi-tech, it’s eco-friendly, too.

At BT, we are at the front of a movement towards a more intelligent, and more sustainable future. Working on the MK: SMART project will see Milton Keynes transformed through the creation of a city-wide open access Internet of Things (IoT) network. This will gather real-time information and provide innovative analysis tools to enable much more efficient use of transport, water and energy infrastructures. [Read more...]

Niall Dunne

Digital influence: the future of sustainability

By Niall Dunne, BT Chief Sustainability Officer

At BT, one of our core beliefs is that technology has huge potential to give everyone the power to live more sustainable lives. But can technology go beyond enabling, to actually encouraging and influencing our behaviour?

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Gavin Patterson

Technology: releasing people’s potential

By Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive Officer, BT Group

Our world is being transformed by communications, from how businesses operate, to how we educate our children and care for the sick. It also has a huge impact on our cities; it’s no surprise — these are the places we gather together to connect and trade, to share ideas, to create and innovate.

At BT, we’re deeply connected with many great cities around the world, whether that’s running New York’s Stock Exchange, powering Milan’s free wi-fi or enabling the Fiona Stanley hospital in Perth to become one of the most technologically advanced in the whole world. [Read more...]

Will Popham

Our mission to cut emissions

By Will Popham, Senior Propositions Manager, Devices – Connectivity and Sustainability, BT Consumer

Our Better Future Report shows how we’re progressing towards our 2020 Net Good goal.

The vision is simple: help society live within the constraints of our planet’s resources through our products and people — using and integrating technology creatively for a stronger outcome and a better planet. By 2020 (a mere six years away), we aim, as a responsible network provider, to reduce our customers’ carbon emissions by at least three times the end-to-end carbon impact of our own business.

Here at BT, we’re big on innovation — it’s the central chord of everything we do. It’s why we have our R&D facilities at Adastral Park. It’s why we’re leaders and not followers. And it’s why we give ourselves such ambitious targets. Within the world of sustainable business practice, innovation is the foundation of our progress, and the BT Home Hub 5, our latest broadband router, is a great example. [Read more...]

Niall Dunne

The Better Future Forum 2014: riding the wave

Sustainable. It’s a word that’s you hear a lot these days. More and more people are coming to realise the detrimental effect that the way we live and work is having on the world’s resources. As we outlined previously, here at BT, being a responsible and sustainable business is more than just our strategy; it’s who we are.

Not only is it built into everything we do, it’s a conversation. It’s a conversation that’s unique. It’s a conversation that’s ongoing. It’s a conversation with many voices. That’s why we’re excited for our second-ever Better Future Forum (hosted with our partners, GlobeScan), where, on 1 July, we’ll get to discuss the key issues around sustainability with global experts and leading thinkers. [Read more...]