Digital technology and innovative ICT solutions can contribute significantly to reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Companies from the ICT sector are not the only ones that can make a contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions. Intelligent use of information technology can reduce emissions considerably in other industries as well. This primarily applies to all aspects of smart buildings, smart logistics, smart grids, smart motors and dematerialization. These were the findings of two studies that were supported by Telekom over the last few years:
- the SMART 2020 global study, which was conducted by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative in 2008 and
- SMART 2020 Germany Addendum, which was published in 2009.
Based on these findings, we have integrated the promotion of a climate friendly society into our CR strategy. We are involved in different initiatives outside our company walls as well to promote climate protection at a national, European and global level. Additionally, our innovative products and services are already making an important contribution to creating a climate-conscious society. One example of these are our phone and web conference offers, which reduce CO2 emissions considerably compared to real-life meetings. The Telekom Group is also constantly working to reduce its own CO2 emissions.
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Telekom in Germany plans to make a contribution to creating a low carbon society by 2020. Our goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 percent by 2020 compared to 2008 levels. That will be the equivalent of more than 40 percent compared to emissions recorded in 1995.
CO2 reductions at the Telekom Group will primarily result from the transition to the more energy-efficient Internet protocol (All-IP) over the next couple of years. The new Green Car Policy and reductions in the area of facility management will also make a major contribution to achieving this goal. Emissions reductions are measured using the CO2 Emissions key performance indicator (KPI) Telekom generated emissions totaling 2,138,039 metric tons of CO2 throughout the Group in 2011.
40 percent fewer CO2 emissions than in 1995: Telekom in Germany has set itself this ambitious climate protection goal to help create a low carbon society.
We started to expand our climate protection strategy to include 13 European subsidiaries and 11 T-Systems LBUs in 2011. The goal is for these units to approve their own climate protection strategies by May 2012. These strategies will include specific targets and measures to be realized by 2020. We determined the base values from 2008 for all units and identified specific measures during the reporting period. The plan is to specify and approve reduction targets for the individual units in 2012.
These will be expanded to cover our non-European subsidiaries once the climate protection strategy has been implemented at the European units.
An internal group of experts, the Climate Change Group, is developing and initiating specific measures that we can use to curb our CO2 emissions in the time period between 2011 and 2015. These include:
- Climate friendly network infrastructure solutions
- The LOLA (Load Adaptive Networks) project
- Planned introduction of Green DSL
- The Green Car Policy
- Teleconferencing and web conferencing
Additional measures are being developed at our Energy Camps. Employees from our subsidiary, Power and Air Condition Solution Management GmbH (PASM), DFMG Deutsche Funkturm GmbH, experts from different Telekom areas and representatives of the Climate Change Group attend these camps, which are held annually. The following activities were decided upon for 2012 and 2013 at the Energy Camps in September 2011:
- Continuing to dismantle old network technology
- Optimizing the temperature in equipment rooms
- Increasing the energy efficiency of office buildings
Telekom compensated for the CO2 footprint left behind by events, products and services totaling at 12,126 metric tons of CO2 during the reporting period.
We reworked our event policy in September 2011 in consideration of climate protection. Climate certificates must now be purchased for all events that generate more than 10 metric tons of CO2 in order to eliminate their CO2 footprint. CO2 compensation for events with emissions below this limit is voluntary. Project managers responsible for events need to take climate protection-related issues into account even during the planning phase. They can use an emissions calculator to calculate values such as the emissions that will be generated by participant travel to and from the event.
We also compensate for CO2 generated by products and services such as teleconferencing technology or software for downloading videos and music.Find out more
We are also increasingly making up for unavoidable CO2 emissions by investing in certified climate protection projects such as a biomass energy project in Brazil and a small water power plant project in Costa Rica. 30 percent of the climate certificates comply with the Gold Standard, the strictest requirements for emission reduction projects worldwide, and 70 percent comply with the Voluntary Carbon Standard, which is recognized internationally as well.
At the annual meeting of the European business association, Business Europe, which was held in Brussels in May 2011, the environmental protection organization asked companies to support EU-wide legislation calling for a 30 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. At the event Greenpeace selected Telekom to be one of ten European Climate Leaders, thereby recognizing them as a role model when it comes to supporting the ambitious EU climate policy.
We have introduced the measurement of our Scope 1 and 2 emissions at international level over the past few years. To do this, we use the data provided by our international units in the Group-wide CR database, in which each company records the number of kilometers driven, consumption of fossil fuels and electricity consumption. Based on this data we calculate the Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions using a coefficient.
We are aware that this only reflects part of our impact on the climate. Additional emissions are generated in particular during the production and transport of the goods that we purchase from our suppliers as well as when customers use our services. In the past we have only recorded part of these emissions, which are referred to as Scope 3 emissions. We intend to record them in their entirety in the future.
We will continue to work on a new ICT Greenhouse Gas Standard for Scope 3 emissions along with suitable measurement methods in collaboration with other companies in 2012. We conducted workshops with two selected strategic suppliers during the reporting period in order to learn more about the emissions generated by our suppliers. Initial measures for estimating emissions generated by customers are scheduled for 2012.
At the end of January 2012, Telekom challenged its employees to get artistic to show what they themselves or Telekom are doing to protect the climate and the environment. The aim of the campaign was to actively involve employees in reporting and raise awareness of climate and environmental issues. In total, 55 works of art were submitted by 40 employees. All contributions are exhibited in a digital picture gallery as part of the CR Report 2011.
|Sub-targets||Status of implementation/measures|
|Develop a Group-wide climate change strategy and revise the specific target for reducing CO2 emissions||Implementation underway. |
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