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O2 has become the first UK mobile network operator to have its carbon footprint independently verified by the Carbon Trust.

Achieving independent certification of O2’s telecom services shows the mobile broadband provider's commitment to understanding the environmental impact of its operations.

This is in line with the company's sustainability plan, Think Big Blueprint, which was unveiled earlier in 2012.

Over the next three years, O2 will aim to deliver carbon benefits to customers that are ten times the impact of the network.

Gareth Rice, Head of Environment at O2, said the firm's aim is to develop the UK's most carbon-efficient network, putting operations under the microscope and looking for ways to reduce the footprint it leaves on the world.

"By evaluating our impact in conjunction with the Carbon Trust we feel we are doing just that," he stated.

Darran Messem, Managing Director of Certification at the Carbon Trust, said O2 should be congratulated for becoming the first mobile network to have telecommunication service carbon footprints independently verified.

"We look forward to supporting O2 in its Think Big ambitions," he stated.

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