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  • 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report

Climate protection from 2020 onward – new climate goal and revised climate protection strategy

Our contribution to the SDGs

In 2018, we revised our integrated climate strategy, devising a new Group-wide climate goal for the period beyond 2020, our current target year. The main difference between the new climate goal and the previous one is that the former takes into account emissions produced by T-Mobile US and arising from the upstream and downstream elements of the value-added chain (Scope 3 emissions img). We calculated this goal based on the methodology recommended by the Science Based Targets initiative.

In light of growing data traffic and the network build-out, we expect energy consumption to continue to rise over the coming years. To fulfill the requirements laid down by the Science Based Targets initiative, however, we are taking measures to boost efficiency and using electricity generated by renewable power sources. We have decided to switch to using 100 percent renewable energy for our entire power consumption by 2021. As things currently stand, we already derive 52 percent from renewable sources. We have set ourselves the additional goal of cutting our emissions by 90 percent (compared with 2017) in the period to 2030.

Our goal for emissions arising from the upstream and downstream elements of the value-added chain is to reduce the emissions generated per customer in the most important categories (purchased goods and services, capital goods, and product lifecycle) by 25 percent per customer. Among other things, we also plan to run workshops with our key suppliers in a bid to derive measures and agreements for reducing CO2 emissions.

In addition, we are examining how we can boost the potential of Deutsche Telekom’s products and solutions (“enablement”) to protect the climate even further – for instance by developing new sustainable products.