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Water consumption KPI

As a service provider, we almost exclusively use water within the scope of our office activities. Water consumption also plays but a minor role along our supply chain. For that reason, water is not a main focal area in our CR management activities. Nevertheless, reducing our water consumption is part of our environmental guideline. We measure our annual consumption by means of our water consumption indicators.

In 2019, Group-wide water consumption decreased by 21 percent. For detailed comments on the figures for each individual company, please refer to the interactive benchmarking tool.

Protecting biodiversity

Our contribution to the SDGs

One major cause of species extinction is the fact that more and more space is being taken up by industry, agriculture, and transportation. 

Deutsche Telekom’s business operations primarily impact the biodiversity at our suppliers’ premises at the start of the value chain. The space taken up by our core business is also significantly lower than in other industries.

Nevertheless, we are concerned about protecting biodiversity wherever we can. ICT img solutions can help preserve biodiversity, such as through our “Bee and Me” project, which helps beekeepers protect their bees.  Deutsche Telekom also emphasizes the protection of biodiversity as it expands its network and complies with relevant nature conservation regulations. Environmentally friendly measures helped us provide the famous Eltz castle with mobile coverage without disturbing the habitats in the nature reserve.

In addition, we also cooperate with environmental and nature conservation organizations to financially support nature and species protection. Proceeds from the used mobile device collection campaigns benefited the following organizations, among others: Landesbund für Vogelschutz Bayern e.V., Pro Wildlife e.V, projects for the protection of gorillas of the Frankfurt Zoological Society, and species protection projects of the Hellabrunn Zoo, Munich.

In 2019, there was increased public discussion on possible negative effects on animals and plants due to electromagnetic fields img from mobile communications. The Federal Office for Radiation Protection held an international workshop on this topic in 2019 and determined that, based on the current state of scientific knowledge, there is no scientifically reliable evidence of a risk to animals and plants from high-frequency electromagnetic fields below the threshold.

Land use KPI

The property used by Deutsche Telekom in Germany covers most of our demands for technology, office and storage space as well as providing space for other needs. Total take-up decreased year-on-year with a total of 7,598 square meters of space being used.

Reporting against standards

This data is relevant for criterion 11 (Usage of natural resources). It is also used for reporting on the Global Compact principles 7 (Precautionary approach) and 8 (Promoting environmental responsibility).