The ICT industry plays a key role when it comes to curbing climate change. This was proven by scientific studies such as the SMARTer2020 study, which was published on December 3, 2012. Telekom played a decisive role in designing this study, especially the Germany addendum. The study was presented by Luis Neves, Chairman of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Board Representative for Climate Protection and Sustainability at Deutsche Telekom, and Christiana Figueres, UN Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, at the 18th UN Climate Change Conference in Qatar.
According to the study, a total of 16.5 percent of the annual emissions expected to be generated globally by 2020 could be avoided by employing smart information and communications technologies. That comes to a total of 9.1 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions, which is about ten times the amount of total greenhouse gas emissions produced in Germany and about seven times the amount produced worldwide through the use of ICT. The study identified smart agriculture as another new potential area for emissions reduction.
We believe that Germany, and therefore Telekom, needs to assume a leading role when it comes to fighting climate change through the use of ICT. We are developing our products and services within the scope of our "low carbon society" action area, making it possible for our customers to engage in green consumption with our innovative ICT services and solutions. We are also investing heavily in the expansion of a climate and environmentally friendly network infrastructure.
What's more, we take a host of measures to continuously reduce the impacts that our own business activities have on the climate and environment. Reducing the Group's CO2 emissions is a focal point of our climate protection strategy. During the reporting period we concentrated on implementing our climate protection strategy throughout Europe.