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22nd January, 2007

BT has become the latest company to proclaim its green credentials, pledging to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide by 80 per cent by 2015.

The announcement by the telecoms provider follows revelations by retailers Marks and Spencers and Tesco, who last week committed £200 million and £500 million respectively towards reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, reducing packaging and sourcing products more locally.

David Miliband, Secretary of State for the Environment, welcomed the move, telling the Guardian that: “All parts of our society must address the need to reduce carbon emissions.”

It remains to be seen exactly how ‘green’ these businesses will become. The Daily Mail revealed this weekend that Marks and Spencers’ new pledge to recycle plastic bottles into polyester fleeces will require shipping the compressed bottle waste to China, as facilities to reprocess the plastic do not exist in the UK.


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