Indirect emissions along the value chain, or Scope 3 emissions , make up the majority of our total emissions. Recording these emissions helps us design targeted measures to reduce our carbon footprint at a corporate and product level.
We have been fully disclosing the Scope 3 emissions generated throughout the Group since 2016. They came to 6,013,202 metric tons of CO2 equivalents in Germany, roughly 23 percent more than in the previous year. The reasons for this increase were more investment in network expansion and positive business growth: increasing client numbers as well as the sale of high-quality services (especially Triple play ) resulted in higher CO emissions during use of our services. T-Systems' emissions were included in the Group number for Germany in 2017.
Use of the consumer products we sold and leased as well as energy consumption of the devices used for our services account for the largest part of the Scope 3 emissions – both in Germany as well as Group-wide. Emissions generated by purchasing technology to expand our networks as well as the purchase of devices and other goods and services were significant as well.
Transportation services, purchased products and services, capital goods, production waste, upstream energy and fuel supply chains, business travel, and employee commuting.
The year 2017 marked the first time that, in addition to the national companies in Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro, we also recorded the Scope 3 emissions of T-Systems units, which also contributed to a 27 percent increase of the Group number compared to 2016. The numbers for the USA as well as for a few of the European countries from 2016 were revised upward due to recalculations regarding the purchase of products and services.
|Overview of Scope 3 emissions (t CO2e)|
|National company||2016||2017||Comparison year-on-year|
|Germany (incl. T-Systems)||4,879,850||6,013,202|
|Albania||7,507||Documented for the first time in 2017|
|Macedonia||33,028||Documented for the first time in 2017|
|Montenegro||20,535||Documented for the first time in 2017|
|T-Systems (without Germany)||239,195||Documented for the first time in 2017|