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  • 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report

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

Our contribution to the SDGs

In 2018, we devised a new Group-wide climate goal for the period beyond 2020, our current target year. This was adopted by our Board of Management at the beginning of 2019.

The goal was developed on the basis of the “Science Based Targets Initiative” (SBTi), which officially confirmed in May 2019 that we are the third DAX-listed company to contribute toward implementing the Paris Climate Agreement through our climate protection targets. We have thus followed our national companies in the United States and Hungary, whose targets were already endorsed by SBTi in 2018 and at the start of 2019, respectively.

  • We have decided to switch to using 100 percent renewable energy for our entire power consumption by 2021 (Scope 2). As things currently stand, we already derive 64 percent from renewable sources. 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 are using electricity generated by renewable power sources. 
  • We aim to reduce our total emissions by 90 percent (Scope 1 + 2), including emissions from the use of gas and oil, by 2030.
  • 80 percent of our CO2 footprint arises from the production and use of our products. By 2030, we aim to reduce these emissions by 25 percent per customer in the main categories (emissions from the purchase of goods, services and capital goods, and emissions from the use of our products by our customers) (Scope 3). To achieve this, we have conducted initial workshops together with our key suppliers to develop measures and agreements for lowering CO2 emissions.

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).

In September 2019 we also joined an international industry initiative. Under this initiative we undertake to reduce our CO2 emissions (Scope 1 and 2) to “net zero” by 2050 at the latest and thus to make our business operations completely climate neutral.