Climate protection initiatives.

  • Telekom supports the standardization of charging devices.
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  • Telekom positions itself at climate protection conference in Durban.
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  • 2°C Challenge Communiqué signed.
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Fighting global warming will be one of the main issues in our future. Close collaboration between the worlds of business, politics and society is very important in developing effective approaches to climate protection. That is why Telekom is involved in numerous initiatives to protect the climate and the environment.

We made efforts to drive the topic during our participation in the United Nations' COP  17 climate protection conference, which was held in December 2011 in Durban. At the conference, we emphasized the central role of the ICT industry in realizing CO2 reduction targets as well as the necessity of developing specific, mandatory objectives.

Telekom signs 2°C Challenge Communiqué.

As a founding member of the EU Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change , Telekom signed the initiative's 2°C Challenge Communiqué in November 2011. The Communiqué calls upon governments to put an end to the current standstill in international climate protection negotiations and to take the necessary steps for making the switch over to a sustainable economic approach at the national level without delay.

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The EU Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (EU CLG) initiative, which was founded by the Prince of Wales, is an association of 16 leading European companies from different industries. As a founding member of the EU CLG, Telekom is dedicated to an ambitious, fair agreement on the global reduction of CO2 emissions.

2°—German CEOs for Climate Protection initiative.

Deutsche Telekom supports the German federal government at a national and international level in creating an effective policy to protect the global climate as a member of the 2°—German CEOs for Climate Protection initiative . Prior to the United Nations' COP  17 climate conference, which was held in the South African city of Durban in December 2011, the initiative members wrote a letter to German Federal Minister for the Environment, Norbert Röttgen. The letter makes it clear that the companies that signed the letter are dedicated to climate protection and expect the German federal government to make every effort to reach an agreement on ambitious climate protection targets.

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The objective of the 2°—German CEOs for Climate Protection initiative is to limit average global warming to a maximum of 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels in the long term. The initiative considers its most important contribution to German climate protection policy to be the development of technologies, procedures and services that can be used worldwide to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Involvement in the Global e-Sustainability Initiative.

Telekom is a founding member of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). Telekom has chaired the board for the initiative since 2006 and became co-chair of the Supply Chain Working Group to develop criteria for sustainable procurement in April 2011. Company representatives were involved in all five current working groups during the reporting period:

  • Climate change: The plan for 2012 is to identify the potential for reducing water consumption in processes used to manufacture network infrastructure and end devices.
  • Supply chain: During the reporting period, the working group further advanced the standards for a transparent raw materials supply chain, for example under the Conflict-free Smelter Program.
  • Energy efficiency: An energy efficiency benchmark for fixed-network operators was initiated in November 2010. Deutsche Telekom also decided to participate in a relevant pilot project in June 2011.
  • e-Waste: The group is planning to conduct an e-Waste Academy for representatives from the political and administrative sector as well as for small and medium-sized disposal companies in Ghana in June 2012. The purpose of the Academy will be to raise awareness of how to handle electronic scrap effectively.
  • Public policy: GeSI used the United Nations' COP  17 climate conference, which was held in Durban in December 2011, as an opportunity to engage in numerous activities, in which Telekom also participated as a member of GeSI. For example, GeSI hosted an ICT Day in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Association and launched the Transformative Step of the Day initiative with the objective of initiating measures for reducing CO2 at a local level. GeSI presented an award to three governmental initiatives within this context: a Danish-Korean-Mexican public-private partnership as well as two Chinese environmental initiatives. The activities reflected GeSI and Telekom's dedication to climate protection and demonstrated solution options for the ICT industry.

Positioning at the COP  17 climate protection conference.
In addition to actively participating in the GeSI events, Telekom representatives also took part in numerous other panel discussions at COP  17. We teamed up with partners to effectively position ICT as a key technology to support CO2 reduction in industry and business.

Standardization process for universal chargers.
GeSI worked to develop a standard for universal chargers in the reporting period under the leadership of Luis Neves, head of Corporate Responsibility at Deutsche Telekom. The standard defines a comprehensive norm for chargers for cell phones, tablet computers, cameras, navigation devices, wireless headphones as well as MP3 and MP4 players. The chargers are comprised of a power pack with a removable cable, which means that users can use a single cable to transmit data and charge their device. Their universal application makes them compliant with policies for electronic scrap prevention. Transport costs for new devices are also reduced as specific chargers are no longer necessary. The International Telecommunication Union, a special organization of the United Nations, approved the standard in May 2011. The most important cell-phone manufacturers and mobile network providers, including Deutsche Telekom, have already agreed to introduce the standard.

Majority of EU Commission broadband code of conduct requirements met.
The European Code of Conduct on Energy Consumption of Broadband Equipment specifies limits for the energy consumption of broadband equipment. In 2011, Telekom informed the European Commission that its DSL modems had already fulfilled the requirements specified in version 3 of the code of conduct, which had been signed the previous year, in 2010. As to xDSL equipment, Telekom complied with the relevant limits in 2011. In 2012 we will be reviewing the more ambitious version 4 of the code of conduct for signing.

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Telekom has been involved in the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) since 2001 as a founding member. This industry initiative is dedicated to fully exploiting the global CO2 reduction potential that state-of-the-art information technology offers society. GeSI also works to make the extraction of raw materials more transparent and to improve social and environmental conditions in raw material extraction.

As a member of GeSI, Telekom participated in drafting the Guadalajara ICT Declaration at the COP  16 climate conference, which was held in Cancún in December 2010. The goal of the declaration is to more heavily use the potential that ICT offers for reducing CO2 in close collaboration between the private and public sectors.

An additional ten companies signed the European Code of Conduct on Energy Consumption of Broadband Equipment in 2011. That means that already 72 percent of broadband connections throughout the EU are subject to the code of conduct.

Platform for climate-friendly consumption.

As a member of the Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) project, Telekom has been helping set up a cross-industry platform to promote low-emissions consumption since 2008 This platform was developed into a dialog forum known as Platform for Climate Compatible Consumption in Germany during the reporting period.

Supporting the GHG Protocol Initiative.

As a member of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, Deutsche Telekom actively participated in 2011 in drafting the ICT Sector Supplement to the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, which is scheduled for publication in 2012. The supplement explains how to calculate CO2 emissions in the ICT industry and how to define relevant KPIs. With the supplement, we are making a considerable contribution to the international standardization of these calculations. Other participants included organizations such as Carbon Trust, the World Resource Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

In 2010 we participated in reviewing the standards developed by the GHG Protocol Initiative to calculate greenhouse gas emissions generated by products and companies. Based on this, the WRI and the WBCSD published standards for calculating product carbon footprints and recording Scope 3 emissions in October 2011. Companies can use these two standards to improve their CO2 efficiency along the entire value chain, to reduce risks and to thereby create competitive advantages.

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Statement drafted for Rio+20 conference.

As a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Telekom helped draft a statement for the 2012 Rio+20 conference during the reporting period. The statement identifies ways in which the ICT industry can help reduce CO2 emissions. The document is scheduled to be published in April 2012.

"Green with ICT" panel discussions.

We hosted the "Green with ICT" panel discussions during the reporting period. Representatives from environmental, business and consumer associations as well as research institutes met with Telekom representatives at our Headquarters in Bonn on October 10, 2011 to discuss "Green with ICT—contradiction or reality?"

Update on the 2010/2011 CR program.
Sub-targets Status of implementation/measures
Execute a carbon footprint project (CFP) for a uniform Group methodology   Implementation underway. Basic project carried out in 2009.
  • Collaboration in a GHG road testing project
  • Collaboration with the Product Carbon Footprint pilot project "Platform for climate compatible consumption" in Germany
  • Participation in the 2010/2011 platform symposium including presentation of the sustainability impact of Telekom's video conferencing platform
  • Restructuring the platform for climate compatible consumption
  • Additional support planned for 2012
 

2010/2011 CR program

The current 2011/2012 CR program can be found in the "Strategy & management" section.

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