AT&T to Enable Carbon Savings 10 Times the Footprint of the company’s operations by 2025

Telecommunications company AT&T announced goals for 2025. The goals represent the company’s first long-term roadmap for its citizenship and sustainability work, and focus on three areas: networks and customers, supply chain, and communities.

The three corresponding goals for 2025 are: Enable carbon savings 10 times the footprint of the company’s operations; Collaborate to transform the environmental and social impact of technology supply chains; and Team up with stakeholders to close the skills gap, by increasing the number of Americans with post-secondary degrees or credentials to 60 percent.

AT&T says the goals are intentionally somewhat flexible to accommodate the world’s changes over the next decade. For example, the carbon savings goal is based on the company’s 2025 footprint. The company intends to continuously measure its impact and “build out a flexible measurement methodology;”

“We want to work with other companies and experts to create a methodology for measurement, especially regarding our carbon savings goal. We are looking to make an impact beyond our own company. That’s part of why it’s a long-term goal, and an exciting challenge since nothing like it exists yet,” explained Jenny Robertson, Director of Sustainability, AT&T. “We also know that a methodology built on industry expertise and stakeholder consensus is more meaningful than what we can produce on our own. It helps ensure apples-to-apples measurements and fosters collaboration.”

On the other hand, the company recognizes that minimizing the impact of its operations will be important in reaching their carbon savings goal, so it set an interim target to reduce the company’s direct emissions by 20 percent by 2020 based on a 2008 baseline. Other more specific targets include integrating sustainability performance metrics into sourcing decisions for 80 percent of company spend by 2020, and investing an additional $250 million by 2017 in education-related initiatives.