Aliant releases 2007 Sustainability Report



    Employee efforts contribute toward sustainability in Atlantic Canada

    HALIFAX, July 31 /CNW/ - Aliant, Atlantic Canada's leading information
and communications technology provider, has released its 2007 sustainability
report. Entitled What matters to me, the report highlights the social,
economic and environmental contributions made by Aliant to the well-being of
Atlantic Canada over the past year.
    Through the innovative use of technology and responsible business
practices, Aliant and its employees saved over 15,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide
equivalents (CO2e) and eliminated the use of over 4.6 million sheets of paper
this year. This is roughly equal to the energy used by 2,150 homes over a
one-year period, and 600 trees, respectively. These savings were achieved
through building energy efficiency upgrades, the use of alternative energy
such as solar and wind, along with employee paper reduction programs and our
paperless billing option for customers.
    "At Aliant, we're committed to helping the communities in which we live
and improving our environmental performance for future generations," said
Marcus Goodick, Manager, Environment & Sustainability, Aliant.
    This year marked the first time Aliant calculated its carbon footprint.
This carbon footprint calculation accounts for all of the fossil fuel energy
used to operate our business. This baseline footprint of 105,000 tonnes of
CO2e is being analyzed and will lead to the development of a comprehensive
emissions reduction plan.
    Aliant employees are also engaged in environmental stewardship. "As
employees and as an organization, it's our responsibility to care for the
natural resources around us and help protect them," said Shawn Harquail of
Moncton, New Brunswick, who is an active participant in Aliant's environmental
activities. These employee groups organize and participate in initiatives to
conserve energy, recycle, lead community clean-ups and also promote
sustainable business solutions such as paperless billing and teleconferencing.

    Here are highlights from the environmental section of the 2007 Aliant
Sustainability Report:

    
    - Over 22,000 megawatts of power were saved; this is roughly the
      equivalent of 11,000 tonnes of CO2e
    - Diesel fuel consumption was reduced by 1.6 million litres; this is
      roughly the equivalent of 4,000 tonnes of CO2e
    - Internal paper consumption was reduced by 2.2 million sheets of paper
    - Nearly 2.4 million sheets of paper were saved by customers and
      employees through paperless billing
    - 314 tonnes of lead acid batteries were recycled
    - Three hybrid vehicles were introduced to Aliant's vehicle fleet
    

    The report is now available online at www. aliant.net/sustainability.

    About Bell Aliant

    Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers
in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and
technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added
business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT
professional services in Canada and the US. Bell Aliant's 10,000 employees are
committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and
convenience. In Atlantic Canada, communications products and services are
delivered to customers through the Aliant brand.




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For further information: Peter Murchland, Aliant Communications and
Public Affairs, (877) 487-3165

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