Bell Canada achieved status as the first North American communications company to achieve ISO 50001 certification for energy management. In a release, Bell, the largest communications company in Canada, announced plans to be carbon neutral across its operations by 2025.
“Bell’s goal is to advance how Canadians connect with each other and the world, a purpose enabled by consistent execution of the highest environmental, social, and governance standards across the company’s operations,” said Gordon Nixon, Chair of the Board of BCE Inc., which owns Bell.
ISO 50001 standards require companies to adopt a strict set of energy management objectives, guidelines, and practices, enabling energy efficiency and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the compliance with ISO 50001, Montréal-based Bell has optimized facility and equipment heating and cooling, cut electricity usage through LED lighting conversion, and other operational innovations. It has also reduced fuel consumption with ongoing fleet modernization and invested in solar and other renewable energy options for cell sites and other installations.
Additional information on the commitment is highlighted in the BCE 2020 Annual report to shareholders. The report outlines ESG targets and metrics for environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusion, privacy and information security, and community investment.
“Bell is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s greenest employers and most sustainable operators, and today’s announcement of our industry-first ISO 50001 certification is a welcome acknowledgment of our active focus on environmental leadership,” said Mirko Bibic, President and CEO of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada.
Bell also plans to accelerate the rollout of fiber, rural Wireless Home Internet, and 5G networks over the next two years. The company will invest $1 billion to $1.2 billion in capital to achieve the goals.