BONN, Germany -- Deutsche Telekom today shared its aggressive new timeline to address climate change, both within its own large communications footprint, as well as those of its partners and customers.
The article, written by DT corporate blogger Katja Werz, says:
Deutsche Telekom takes climate protection seriously and has adopted a new, ambitious climate target: The Group aims to achieve a 100% use of electricity from renewable energy sources as early as 2021. We will also reduce other emissions from gas, oil and other sources of energy.
By 2030, we plan to reduce our CO2 emissions by 90% compared to 2017. We are also focusing on emissions from the supply chain and those our customers generate when using our products and solutions (Scope 3): By 2030, the Group's objective is to reduce the CO2 emissions per customer by 25% compared to 2017. In the future, T-Mobile US will also be included in the Group climate protection target.
"We want to build the future, not obstruct it," says Tim Höttges, Deutsche Telekom CEO. "Climate protection is one of the key challenges of our age. With the new targets for the period 2021-2030, we are taking our responsibility seriously and are acting decisively, quickly and, at the same time, in a sustainable manner. Furthermore, this sends an important signal to our customers because sustainability is becoming increasingly important as a purchasing criterion."
"The effects of climate change on nature, people and companies are already apparent today. Broad segments of society are worried by occurring extreme weather events such as storms, flooding or heat waves. For many years, Deutsche Telekom has been working to make its business operations more climate-friendly by building new, more energy-efficient data centers for instance", says Birgit Klesper, Senior Vice President Group Corporate Responsibility.
Digital solutions: energy-efficient processes, conserve resources
In addition, climate protection provides Deutsche Telekom with business opportunities. Many of our digital solutions can promote energy-efficient processes and conserve resources for both corporate customers and private individuals. Thanks to cloud computing, customers can do without their own servers and storage media for instance. Small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) can use these solutions to curtail their emissions an average of 21 metric tons of CO2 a year.
Products such as smart household devices -- including thermostats, window blinds and water heaters -- can help people to contribute towards climate protection in their private lives for instance.
Our previous climate target of decreasing Group-wide emissions by 20% by 2020 compared to 2008 will continue to apply until next year. The Group is on track to meet this target.
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