CR facts: SMARTer 2020 study
As a dedicated proponent of climate protection, we also participate in research projects that study the impact of business activities on climate change. One of these is the SMARTer 2020 study, which was published in 2012. The CO2 emission reduction potential indicated in the study considerably exceeds even the results of its predecessor. According to the study, information and communications technologies (ICT) in 2020 could prevent the emission of around 9.1 billion metric tons of CO2 or around 16.5 percent of all global CO2 emissions. That is around ten times more than the total greenhouse gas emissions produced in Germany and seven times more than the emissions caused by ICT worldwide. Deutsche Telekom was heavily involved in developing the study. In Germany, one of the study's focal countries, the study examined greenhouse gas reduction potential particularly in the energy generation and industrial production sectors. The study also identified an important reduction source through ICT in the topic of smart agriculture, an area which had been previously underestimated.