Mar 12: Corporate Leader -Telstra

Responsible stewardship of the environment, according to Telstra, benefits their shareholders, their customers, their employees and the wider community.

Earth Hour provides Telstra with a great opportunity to engage their employees and motivate them to consider how their behaviour impacts the environment.

The key idea behind the approach to environmental stewardship is that efficient use and conservation of resources is the most effective way for business to contribute to environmental protection and at the same time reduce operating costs.

At Telstra, energy, water and waste management programs form the centrepiece of our environmental strategy.

In 2008/09 Telstra has committed to:

  • calculating the carbon footprints of all business units and corporate groups;
  • determining the carbon intensity (tonnes of CO2e/unit of service) of Telstra's Enterprise and Government service offerings;
  • completing a study on the hydrogen fuel cell facility and solar panels installed at our Melbourne headquarters to assess potential use in Telstra's network and buildings; and
  • enhancing Telstra's driver education program to encourage our fleet drivers to adopt green driving techniques to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

This year will be Telstra's third Earth Hour and they will be turning off the lights in the CBD areas of Sydney, Parramatta, Burwood, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth - (with the exception of our essential 24/7 services such as 000).

They will be encouraging Telstra employees to get involved and turn off lights in their own homes on Saturday 28 March 2009. See our Smarter Greener Together website for more details about Telstra's environmental activities.

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