Approach

A message from Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch

A message from our Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch

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Arts

£30,000

Each year Sky provides five young people with bursaries of £30,000 each.

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Environment

£1million
£1 million

We have raised more than £1 million to help save 1 billion trees in the Amazon.

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Sport

1 million

We are targeting 1 million more people cycling regularly by 2013.

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Sky day to day

£600 million

We invest over £600 million on UK commissioning, production and journalism.

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Sport

Colin Montgomery

More than a third of UK secondary schools have joined Sky Sports Living for Sport.

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Environment

30

Key actions we've taken to reduce our environmental impact.

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30 things we've done to reduce our environmental impact

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  • 1. Carbon calculator: Re-launched our online carbon calculator for customers
  • 2. Efficiency: Increased server virtualisation for our IT services from 12% to 56% reducing the need for on-site servers
  • 3. Efficiency: Reduced energy use in our data centres by 50%
  • 4. Efficiency: Utilisation of technology has enabled the expansion of our HD service without needing to expand bandwidth and therefore energy use
  • 5. Efficiency: Transferred our taped recordings to a digital format in order to eliminate the 1.64 million tapes moving around the business at a rate of 4,000 a day
  • 6. Efficiency: Increased the reliability of our set top boxes and enabling more fixes to be undertaken remotely, reducing the amount of engineer visits needed
  • 7. Finance: Ring-fenced capital expenditure funds to invest in projects that will reduce carbon emissions across the business
  • 8. Products: All our new satellite dishes are now made from recycled car parts
  • 9. Products: Colour-coded the cables that come with our set top boxes, in order to make self-installation easier for our customers and enabled 350,000 selfset-ups of customer boxes reducing the number of calls into call centres, engineer visits and transport emissions
  • 10. Products: Brought the manufacture of our set top box in house, reducing the number of box types from 60 to 10, and the number of hardware variances from 476 to 10. This reduced components needed, transportation, and energy use during production
  • 11. Products: Reduced the size of the set top box, enabling more boxes to be shipped at one time
  • 12. Products: Introduced a passive standby state of only ½ watt in our Sky+HDbox
  • 13. Products: Increased the energy efficiency of our new Sky+HD box by 30% compared to the previous model and introduced an off switch on the front of all new boxes
  • 14. Products: Removed SCART cables from the packaging when delivering set top boxes. These are now provided separately by engineers if required during install
  • 15. Transport: Installed telematics in all of our 2,000 engineer vans to improve their miles per gallon performance.
  • 16. Transport: Achieved a 3% reduction in CO2 emissions within the first six weeks
  • 17. Transport: Moved our repair centres into one facility in the UK, eliminating the need to transport the boxes 3,000km to Poland
  • 18. Travel: Developed a comprehensive transport intranet that enables employees to access cycling and walking maps, and public transport timetables, in order to plan their route to Sky
  • 19. Travel: Opened an on-site Evans cycle centre at our Osterley campus, where employees can hire bikes, get free repairs and buy discounted bicycles and accessories. Made further investments in shower facilities and lockers across the campus
  • 20. Travel: Extended the amount of public transport users with free shuttle buses to nearby stations when travelling to and from our sites in London and Scotland
  • 21. Travel: Enabled alternative ways of working to reduce the need for employee travel, including four HD video conferencing suites, desktop video conferencing software, webinars and remote access to the network.
  • 22. Travel: Over 3,000 employees now regularly work remotely
  • 23. Waste & recycling: Rolled out the composting of organic waste across the business
  • 24. Waste & recycling: Eliminated paper invoices by rolling out our online purchasing system, Ariba, to all suppliers
  • 25. Waste & recycling: Replaced the 96 page printed user manual included with set top boxes with an online version, saving over 16 truckloads of paper a year
  • 26. Waste & recycling: Trialled new reusable packaging for set top boxes which will enable 6 boxes to be shipped together, and a new reusable wrapper for replacement boxes
  • 27. Waste & recycling: All set top boxes taken back from customers are now either reused or recycled in their entirety
  • 28. Waste & recycling: Extended online and interactive billing for our customers, and removed cheques as a method of payment, reducing the number of paper bills sent to our customers
  • 29. Waste & recycling: Reduced the amount of promotional materials posted to our customers by publishing all of our best offers online
  • 30. Waste & recycling: Introduced our monthly customer SkyMag magazine in an online format – we now only send out printed magazines quarterly – and we no longer produce our monthly Sky Sports and Sky Movies magazines

Arts

63,000

Over 63,000 people experienced Sky book festival shows and events.

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