With the adoption of the new climate targets, the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management issued a mandate in early 2019 to further expand our existing commitment to environmental protection and resource conservation. We then identified ten areas along our value chain in which we can improve resource efficiency. Initial measures have already been developed and summarized in the “We care for our planet” program. In October 2020, the Board of Management commissioned the implementation of the program. It is managed by the GCR department.
Enabling a “green customer experience” at Telekom Shops
Circular network and infrastructure at Deutsche Telekom
Switching to recyclable components.
Energy consumption and efficiency
Reducing CO2 emissions, waste volume, and water consumption at properties. Our activities and achievements to date on this topic can be found here:
Energy efficiency in buildings
Green DT mobility
Converting the company vehicle fleet to alternative drives, and measures for more eco-friendly commuting or avoiding travel. Our activities and achievements to date on this topic can be found here:
Our strategy for climate-friendly mobility in Germany
Paperless and paper-saving work
Switching to paperless processes. Our activities and achievements to date on this topic can be found here:
Online billing for mobile and fixed-line customers in Germany,
Other recycling indicators (print-on-demand),
Resource efficiency at the workplace
Sustainable product packaging
Development and use of sustainable product packaging.
Sustainable business model for devices
Refurbishing used smartphones. Our activities and achievements to date on this topic can be found here:
Continued analysis of our products’ sustainability benefits
Our national companies are committed to reducing our ecological footprint too. For example, many of our national companies are committed to reducing plastic waste, by no longer handing out plastic bags or replacing them with reusable tote bags and tote bags made from paper or recycled material. Plastic waste can also be reduced in product design and packaging, e.g. OTE and Cosmote Greece reduced SIM cards to half their size in 2017. Part of the # Zeroplastic initiative by OTE and Cosmote is also a specially developed digital game that offers employees the opportunity to win reusable bottles as an incentive to replace single-use plastic bottles. So far, more than 5,000 employees have participated. Another good example is set by IT Services Hungary: Used IT devices are sold to employees on an in-house developed electronic platform. Equipment that is not required is donated to schools.
Further information on the commitment of our national companies can be found here.