Verizon Communications and AT&T have started to gain a lot of notice for environmentally-friendly network policies and service practices, but neither company is among the founding members of the non-profit Climate Registry organization, a distinction which goes to fellow former Bell company Qwest Communications. Qwest, in fact, is the only telco on the agency's list of members committed to voluntary public reporting of carbon emissions. The group has 243 founding members and more than 280 registry members total.
"Carbon reduction is likely a part of our collective future," said Dave Heller, Qwest's chief compliance and ethics officer, in a statement. "For us to understand the problem and set workable goals, we need to apply the kind of common measures that the Climate Registry provides."
Information for the agency's first report is due June 30, 2009, though it will not be publicly available until December 2009. The list of telecom companies in the registry is pretty short, with suppliers CommScope and Mitel Networks as the only other names we recognized.
- The Rocky Mountain News has coverage
Telcos have been aggressively promoting green strategies
Qwest recently reported a profit drop in the third quarter