Energy efficiency and climate protection strategy
We have committed ourselves to contribute to a low carbon society both directly, by reducing our own CO2 emissions and indirectly, by providing services and products with a low carbon footprint over their life cycle which can also support our clients to reduce their own emissions.
To support the implementation of our Climate Protection Strategy, we are constantly monitoring our performance regarding energy consumption and CO2 emissions using a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) developed to cover all aspects of our operations.
Our strategy, part of Deutsche Telekom Climate Protection strategy is focusing on long and middle term goals on 4 pillars: reduction of energy consumption through efficiency measures, increasing the percentage of energy used from renewable sources, reduction of direct CO2 emissions and increase portfolio of sustainable products.
We calculate our CO2 emissions on the basis of standards such as the internationally recognized Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, which distinguishes between three CO2 emissions categories: GHG Scope 1, 2 and 3.
We are measuring our direct (scope 1) and indirect (scope 2) CO2 emissions based on the methodology of GHG Protocol and we plan to extend our measuring, monitoring and reporting to Scope 3 within the next 2 years.
The CO2 emission calculation is based on our environmental indicators data base, covering all types of energy we consume in our operations: electricity, fuels, heating energy and natural gas.
In 2015 our total CO2 emissions, direct and indirect (scope 1 + scope2) dropped with 23.9% compared with 2014, from 122,578.1 t CO2-eq to 93,317.97 t CO2-eq. One of the most relevant aspects which determined the reduction was the introduction of energy efficiency measures in the telecommunication network.