Sky’s green progress is hit and miss

Sky is on track to hit its goal of halving its carbon emissions by 2020 but is falling short on adopting renewables and energy efficiency measures. According to the company’s latest […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Sky is on track to hit its goal of halving its carbon emissions by 2020 but is falling short on adopting renewables and energy efficiency measures.

According to the company’s latest sustainability report, they have achieved a 44% reduction in emissions since 2008.

Sky says it aims to make its fleet of vans 15% more efficient by 2020 as they currently make up a fifth of the company’s emissions.

However, the broadcaster seems to have faltered in its efforts to implement energy efficiency measures and adopt renewable energy.

It is falling short of its 2020 energy efficiency target of 20% across all its buildings. The company has so far only achieved 8%.

It has the same target for onsite renewable energy but has only reached 6%, a fall from three years ago when renewable energy made up 7% of the electricity used.

Currently, Sky’s head offices in West London use energy from a CHP plant, wind turbines, solar panels and biomass boilers but other sites are lacking in the technology.

A spokesperson said additional solar panels will be installed in the UK along with a CHP facility in Italy in the next year. Sky is likely to continue in this direction following its decision to join the RE100 initiative and commit to 100% renewable electricity.