BT awards €9m contract to ESBIE

10 Jun 2008

BT Ireland has signed a €9m deal with ESB Independent Energy (ESBIE) that will see the telco’s carbon footprint be reduced by 618 tonnes of CO2 gas per year.

ESBIE, a subsidiary supply company of ESB, will supply electricity to 72 sites in the Republic and 189 sites in Northern Ireland. The contract includes supplying an additional 3,000,000KWh of green energy generated from renewable sources and is valued at close to €9m.

BT plans to cut its carbon footprint globally by 80pc by 2020, compared with 1996 levels.

ESBIE will source renewable energy for this contract primarily from its renewable portfolio, which will include 50MW of new windfarms being commissioned in 2008.

The recently established, all-island commercial team allows ESBIE to deliver a single point of contact and billing for sites in both Northern Ireland and the Republic.

“Apart from its international reputation as a networked IT services company, BT is at best practice in terms of its achievements in reducing its carbon footprint. I am pleased that ESBIE will be making its contribution to BT’s environmental policy through the provision of wind power from our growing renewables portfolio,” said Liam Molloy, managing director, ESBIE.

“BT is renowned globally for its work to reduce its carbon footprint and we’ve just announced our plans to cut our carbon intensity by 80pc across the globe by 2020 against 1996 levels. Awarding this contract in Ireland to ESBIE further underpins this commitment as it harnesses the local resource of wind power and immediately reduces our energy consumption,” said Chris Clark, CEO, BT.

By Niall Byrne