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Alcatel-Lucent issues eco-friendly 2008 Corporate Social Responsibility report

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Alcatel-Lucent released its 2008 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

report, posting it on the company's web site rather than printing thousands of

paper copies. Alcatel-Lucent also is taking this virtually paperless approach

with its 2008 financial report as one step to help the company reach its

aggressive goal of cutting its 2008 carbon emissions in half by 2020.

The CSR report is a comprehensive review of the company's goals and

achievements in meeting its obligations to operate as a responsible and involved

corporate citizen in the communities around the world where its employees and

customers live and work. The report includes detailed descriptions of its

actions through 2008, a month-by-month timeline of the activities undertaken

throughout the year to support CSR initiatives and the goals it is setting for

itself for future years.

The report highlights actions taken in five areas, reducing the impact of

Alcatel-Lucent products on the environment and enabling the deployment of

eco-sustainable networks for its service providers and enterprise customers;

minimizing the company's carbon footprint and improving its overall

environmental, health and safety performance for more efficient and

eco-sustainable operations; fostering a corporate culture that opens up

opportunities for employees; working with suppliers to create a socially

responsible supply chain and; ecoming involved in the communities where

Alcatel-Lucent employees and customers live and work.

Alcatel-Lucent has a long history of commitment to eco-efficient operations.

In 2008 the company measured its CO2 emissions and committed to reducing its

current global annual output of about one million metric tons of CO2 emissions

by half by 2020. To reduce energy use it is improving insulation in its

buildings, installing more energy-efficient lighting, consolidating facilities

where possible, initiating waste recycling programs and minimizing the need for

travel by enhancing the company's videoconferencing capabilities at many of its

facilities. By eliminating the mass printing of the CSR and financial annual

reports this year, the company will avoid using 748,000 sheets of paper, the

equivalent of a stack as high as a 40-story building. Responsible management of

hazardous and electronic waste is a keystone of Alcatel-Lucent's commitment to

protecting the environment and the health and safety of employees, customers and

communities. In the US, the company was honored by the US Environmental

Protection Agency for recycling customers' lead-acid batteries and preventing 1

million kilograms of hazardous materials from entering the nation's waste

stream.

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