Caring for future generations
Minimizing our environmental impact in everything we do
A deep commitment to environmental protection is essential to Bell’s corporate goal to be recognized by customers as Canada’s leading communications company. It aligns with our sustainability vision and with our strategic imperative to achieve a competitive cost structure. Just as important, the commitment to minimize our carbon footprint and instil stewardship of the environment into every aspect of our operations reflects Bell’s values. And finally, it is simply the right thing to do for our fellow Canadians and for our planet.
We make every effort to be environmentally responsible when deploying and maintaining networks, building our offices and consuming energy and other resources. Bell team members save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by minimizing the time our vehicles are left on idle, increasing energy efficiency at Bell facilities and using Smart Meeting tools such as VideoZone an alternative to travel. As well, we are visible supporters of broader environmental initiatives such as Earth Hour when most Bell buildings across Canada go dark, along with signs on major venues such as the Bell Centre in Montréal.
For more than 20 years, Bell has implemented and maintained numerous programs to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. Bell has achieved ISO 14001 certification for our environmental management system, the only Canadian telecommunications company to be so certified. Bell also receives many commendations every year for our environmental performance.
For more information on our environmental initiatives, view our Corporate Responsibility Report.
We maintained our ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management System for 5th straight year.
- Since 2008, the Bell team has prevented the release of nearly 40 kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions by reducing electricity consumption at Bell facilities, improving fuel efficiency in company vehicles, and using phone-, video-and web-conferencing tools to curtail business travel
- In 2013, Real Estate, Network and IT energy efficiency projects saved 40.36 million kWh of electricity at Bell facilities, enough energy to heat 4,340 homes for a year
- In 2013, we achieved a 2% decrease in net vehicle energy consumption compared to 2012, amounting to 627,000 fewer litres of fuel consumed. That was due in part to consolidation of our fleet which removed 329 net vehicles from the road
- Our 2013 anti-idling campaign resulted in a reduction of 2% in idling rates, representing a saving of 220,000 litres of fuel, or about 386,000 kg of reduced CO2 emissions
- Through consolidation and virtualization, we optimized 50% of physical servers; 30% were transformed into virtual machines and an additional 20% were decommissioned
- We reused and recycled 150 tonnes of computers and peripherals and 9.9 tonnes of toner cartridges, an increase of 43% and 25% respectively over 2012. In 2013, we donated to charitable organizations a total of 101 tonnes of recovered furniture valued at $186,290.