Virgin Media O2 cuts carbon emissions by 23%

Virgin Media O2 reduced its Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 23% in 2023, the equivalent of the annual energy use of 14,883 UK homes. It remains on track to cut such emissions by 60% by 2025.

Since launching its sustainability strategy in 2022 the company has reduced Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 45% against its 2020 baseline and is on track to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its operations, products and supply chain by the end of 2040.

Virgin Media O2’s Sustainability Performance Update shows that during 2023 the company’s products and services have now prevented almost 60 million tonnes of carbon from entering the Earth’s atmosphere.

It also increased its electric fleet to 281 vehicles as part of its overall target to transition to a fully EV fleet by 2030.

The company supported consumers to carry out 2.2 million ‘circular actions’ last year, which can include recycling old tech or buying ‘like new’ refurbished smartphones.

Through its partnerships with Internet Matters and digital inclusion charity, Good Things Foundation, Virgin Media O2 helped to improve the digital skills of two million people in 2023, and is on track to reach six million by 2025.

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.”

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