BT’s newly-formed Global Services sustainability practice has launched a service to help large organisations reduce their energy consumption.

BT claims its carbon impact assessments will enable organisations to accurately calculate the amount of CO2 emissions produced by their IT networks. It also provides a set of workable solutions to help customers reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint.

Initially available in the UK and US, the BT carbon impact assessment takes into account the way people’s work patterns (such as their travel and IT use) contribute to CO2 emissions, and how business operations, shared services, and building infrastructure add to an organisation’s carbon footprint.

The approach allows a number of business scenarios to be tested and an assessment made of the associated energy and carbon reductions, providing projected answers to questions like: "what if I virtualised all or part of my call centre?" or "what if I introduced agile working?"

Dinah McLeod, head of sustainability practice at BT Global Services, said: “Large organisations have many activities that can directly or indirectly cause the emissions of carbon. BT can credibly and demonstrably help a customer understand the role networked IT services plays in both producing and reducing carbon footprint. When looking at clients’ carbon emissions, we explore both the required behaviour change as well as any adjustments to their infrastructure.”