Caring for future generations
A better future through environmental vigilance
Bell maintains a deep, unwavering commitment to protect the environment in every decision and action we take. We have long understood that our products and services fight climate change by helping reduce the carbon footprint within our operations and those of our customers. In fact, we were the first communications company in Canada to earn ISO 14001 certification for our environmental management system that operationalizes that commitment.
In 2015 alone, we saved 29.47 GWh or 3,500 tonnes of CO2 equivalent of electricity in our buildings, data centres and networks even as our company grew. The Bell network also generated approximately 450,000 kWh of renewable energy in 2015 from solar and wind power sources.
Bell has been recovering residual materials from operations for more than 3 decades. We reuse and recycle such things as telecommunications cable, cable reels, wood pallets, terminals, and lead-acid batteries. In 2015, we diverted 71.6% of all waste from landfill, including 2,900 tonnes of electronic waste.
Much of that electronic waste is a result of Bell-supported programs that make it easier for customers to recycle their products, including mobile phones, Bell Internet modems and Bell TV receivers. These are increasingly important as swiftly evolving technology, in particular in smartphones, is prompting more customers to change phones more often.
We maintained our ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management System for 7th straight year.
- We use virtualization and cloud computing to ensure optimal use of space, power and cooling resources by consolidating servicers and storage capacities.
- We use Teleconference to reduce travel needs
- We use social networks to facilitate carpooling and car sharing
- We use electronic controls coupled to the communications network to reduce energy consumption in buildings