Peter Lenz
Managing Director
T-Systems Alpine

At the end of 2020, we planted a large T-Systems Alpine Forest in Cameroon, which is now growing and thriving. The 700 trees make a good contribution to improving our carbon footprint and they provide a regular source of income for a lot of local farmers. On the ground, we always take care to operate our business buildings and especially our datacenters in an energy-efficient way. We are striving to optimize our carbon footprint with ongoing modernization measures. 

We were able to maintain and even expand our long-standing commitment to the Mediabox in the Theodor Körnerhof residential building in Vienna in 2021. We are delighted that purchasing state-of-the-art printers has given children and young people access to new technologies.


Key facts at a glance

Markets, business areas and market share  

As of  1 January 2020, the businesses of T-Systems Schweiz AG and T-Systems Austria GesmbH were combined under the new T-Systems Alpine brand. This business is headed by Peter Lenz, Regional Managing Director of T-Systems Switzerland and Austria. He has a workforce of200 employees and is responsible for the region with the highest revenue outside Germany.

Number of customers   400 companies
Number of employees   approx. 1 200

ISO 9001:2015 
ISO 14001:2015
ISO 45001:2018 
ISO 50001

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Environmentally friendly data centers

Operating a datacenter requires a lot of energy. In Austria, we therefore continuously strive to increase the energy efficiency of our datacenters and operate them in harmony with our environment.

We make use of current technologies such as free cooling. In winter, the cold outside air is used to cool the servers. Furthermore, all the electricity from the entire T-Center including the datacenter is supplied from renewable energy sources, mainly hydropower.

Further optimization measures included the conversion of our cooling system with controlled recirculation motors, which regulate their speed depending on load and temperature, and the enclosure of the cold aisles in order to optimize the air flow for cooling the servers. As a result, we have been able to reduce our energy consumption used for cooling by over 60 percent in recent years. We use this approach to ensure that our datacenter remains one of the most advanced in Austria.

Conversion work began at our datacenter in October so that we could obtain certification according to EN50600 VK3. A completely new, separate cooling center is being built just for the datacenter. This will separate the air-conditioning technology for the ventilation areas from the datacenter. This process involves four new cooling machines with 831 kW each being installed according to the n+1 principle (three active, one reserve), which will then only be responsible for cooling the server rooms.

Our fire extinguishing system is equipped with an early detection system and 136 argon-filled cylinders and this was also developed in compliance with environmental principles. Argon is harmless to humans, leaves no residue and is 100 percent environmentally neutral.

Recirculating air-cooling units are used to cool the server rooms in the Swiss datacenter. At the end of 2020, the old units were replaced with new ones. The old recirculating air-cooling units had reached the end of their life cycle after more than 16 years and were no longer state of the art in terms of energy technology. To ensure operational reliability at all times, a decision was taken to replace them with new high-efficiency units. Subsequently, the old pumps were also replaced with new energy-efficient ones. This has reduced the electricity consumption here as well.

A further step involved equipping all server rooms with cold aisle containment systems to ensure that the cooled air is also directed to the right place. This increased the air temperature generated and the chilled water temperature. This now enables the free-cooling operation to be increased from the previous three degrees Celsius to the current 14 degrees Celsius. The goal is to get to at least 18 degrees Celsius after the chiller upgrade.

In order to achieve savings in the electrical system too, the old system for the uninterruptible power supply was replaced some time ago. This is now highly efficient thanks to the e-boost mode.

Replacement of the refrigeration system is currently being planned, since this is already reaching the end of its useful life. The aim here is also to become more efficient and more cost-effective at the same time.

Municipal Building 3.0 – T-Systems Mediabox

The “Mediabox” project was launched by T-Systems Austria in 2007 in the “Körnerhof” as a social project. The Körnerhof is one of the largest municipal buildings in Vienna, mainly housing migrants or socially disadvantaged families. The Mediabox is a container with 14 laptop workstations, printers, beamers and WiFi access. It is located on the premises of a youth center and is currently used primarily by children and young people.

At the end of 2020, we purchased another 13 laptops to enable more students to engage in distance learning during the pandemic. According to the youth center management, the laptops were very popular with the children and young people during the lockdown phase and helped to keep them connected in class.

We bought a 3D printer and a plotter as a further expansion of the Mediabox equipment. The supervisors have requested this so that young people can work with the latest technology.

Launch a new life with coding skills

Powercoders is a coding academy for recognized refugees, dedicated to helping talented young refugees get started and relaunch their lives with the help of coding skills. In 2020, T-Systems Switzerland accepted two young programmers from Afghanistan and Eritrea for a one-year internship in PU MIS & PC in the area of Unix, Linux & MCS Alpine. After their internships, the two young people were hired as young professionals at T-Systems Switzerland. The transition into a permanent position is a real possibility. Currently, the company is looking to employ new refugees from the Powercoders program in the security and SAP sectors.

T-Systems benefits from participating in this program in the same way that we benefit from apprenticeship training and the Young Professional Program: promoting young talent and cultivating team spirit by assuming social and societal responsibility. It’s a win-win situation! The refugees get the chance to live independently here in Switzerland. We as a company benefit from the skilled workers who are already well trained in their home country and can then integrate them into our growth areas with the appropriate program.

Project week of the Swiss apprentices with a social character

The T-Systems Switzerland apprentice camp was held in Lenk during the second week of August 2021. The apprentices gave a helping hand to the municipality of Lenk and the farmers there by carrying out various tasks such as splitting wood, mending hiking trails, and clearing rocks, branches and grass from the fields. The young people also conducted cellphone courses with the senior citizens at the retiree facility.

Donation to the Ronald McDonald Children’s Foundation in Switzerland and the Austrian Ronald McDonald Children’s Aid Association

The two organizations run houses where relatives of sick children can live near the hospitals and specialist clinics while their children are receiving treatment. In Switzerland, there are six parents’ houses with a total of 52 rooms. These are run in close cooperation with the partner hospitals in Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lucerne, and St. Gallen. Every year, around 1 200 affected families find a “temporary home” in the five Ronald McDonald Houses in Austria.

We have donated 5 000 euros in each country to sponsor an apartment for a period of 500 days.

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