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2016 Corporate Responsibility Report

Climate Protection

We pursue an integrated climate strategy, which means focusing not only on the risks that climate change poses for us and our stakeholders, but also on the opportunities it presents. ICT img products and services offer the potential to save up to ten times as much in CO2 emissions in other industries as the ICT sector itself generates (according to the GeSI img SMARTer2030 study). This creates an opportunity to save 20 percent of global CO2 emissions in 2030, and to maintain worldwide emissions at the level of 2015 with simultaneous economic growth. The additional revenue potential here amounts to USD 6.5 trillion, USD 2.0 trillion of which is for the ICT industry alone. Further, ICT solutions can save a total of USD 4.9 trillion in costs. To give a specific example: The broadband roll-out in Germany has the potential to save an aggregate amount of 19 million metric tons of CO2 between 2012 and 2020. What is more, the economic momentum triggered by rolling out broadband can create an aggregate number of 162,000 new jobs and increase GDP by EUR 47 billion between 2015 and 2020. We are supporting this trend by evaluating our product portfolio to identify sustainability benefits.

Among the risks that climate change harbors, meteorological extremes are one we are already experiencing. This is having a direct effect on our stakeholders, e.g., our customers, suppliers, and employees. We can take preventive action in this area by reducing our own CO2 emissions, which is one of the reasons we set ourselves the goal of achieving a 20-percent reduction in our Group-wide emissions – leaving aside our United States operating segment – by 2020 (baseline: 2008). Climate protection also carries financial risks, whether from the introduction of a levy on CO2 emissions or an increase in energy costs. The measures we are taking to counter these risks include measuring our own energy efficiency and finding ways to improve it. Beyond that, in 2015 three of our subsidiaries (Magyar Telekom in Hungary, OTE S. A. in Greece, and T-Mobile Netherlands) covered 100 percent of their electricity requirements with renewables, thus actively reducing climate risks.