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2020 Corporate Responsibility Report

Ecological sustainability program at T-Systems

As part of the Deutsche Telekom Group, T-Systems has also committed itself to the Group-wide climate targets and integrated sustainability into its strategy, setting up its own program to support the Group goals. The fundamental areas and goals are:

Enablement of our customers
T-Systems wants to increasingly identify sustainability aspects and present them transparently to customers so that they can take them into account in their purchasing decisions. For example, to determine the carbon footprint of its products, T-Systems uses an impact measurement approach that also includes social and economic factors. It looks at the entire value chain. An important factor in impact measurement are the positive CO2 effects produced for our customers through the use of T-Systems’ ICT img products.

Reducing T-Systems’ own carbon footprint
T-Systems aims to consistently lower its own CO2 emissions. To that end, a baseline was established and the largest emissions sources were identified. Further analyses followed, including impact assessments for products and the inclusion of waste. These will identify areas that present particular potential for reducing the ecological footprint.

Reducing CO2 in operations
The Group-wide conversion of all our own buildings to renewable energy by the end of 2021 does of course also include the T-Systems data centers. We are also gradually making the data centers more energy-efficient and sustainable, for example, with the aid of innovative technologies, photovoltaic systems, and artificial intelligence. At T-Systems’ largest office location in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, a pilot project is currently underway to expand it into a sustainable development site. This will produce findings for other T-Systems sites.  

Raising employee awareness
Employees also play an important role in improving our carbon footprint at T-Systems. In this connection, we are reducing travel and making increasing use of digital meetings – and will continue to do so even after the coronavirus pandemic. T-Systems is also raising employee awareness for thinking and acting sustainably (e.g., by taking part in sustainability-related workshops or through tips on saving electricity). The goal is to establish the sustainable mindset and corporate culture among employees in all T-Systems countries and production sites.

International activities at T-Systems
The Mill Park building at IT Services Hungary in Budapest received LEED certification in 2020 and uses around 25 percent less energy than traditional office buildings. Employees at T-Systems Mexico can bring their private waste to the company for recycling. In 2020, this helped recycle around 60 metric tons of PET bottles, paper, and cans. In addition, laptops were donated and energy-saving measures implemented in T-Systems’ office buildings in 2020. In Spain, a new SmartCity platform was introduced that includes services such as air monitoring, lighting, and energy efficiency in buildings.

More information on the topic of green IT at Deutsche Telekom can be found here.