Deutsche Telekom decided on a group climate target which was approved and published by the Science Based Target Initiative in 2019. It covers all emissions level from Scope 1 to Scope 3 and also considers the use of renewables.

Deutsche Telekom wants to reduce its Scope 1+2 emissions by 90% until 2030 based on 2017. One major part to achieve this target is the use of 100% power from renewables already from 2021 for the whole group. Furthermore, there is a relative target for Scope 3 emissions from the value chain which aims to reduce emissions by 25% per customer until 2030 based on 2017.

Latest by 2050 Deutsche Telekom wants to be carbon neutral covering all emissions from Scope 1 to Scope 3.

Lighthouse initiative

What with shopping online, having food delivered to your door and working mostly from home, Covid-19 has changed daily life significantly. One result is the growing amount of garbage.

How can we handle these garbage mountains intelligently? This is where the Internet of Things (IoT) comes into play. Used correctly, it can help to optimise garbage truck schedules and upgrade the cityscape and do so with much shorter routes and fewer emissions. Cities like Darmstadt or Bochum have paved the way.

That not only cuts operating and waste disposal costs; the environment benefits too. Optimised route planning helps reduce CO2 emissions by saving on mileage and road use. This approach also boosts the circular economy because glass and plastic waste can be recycled faster. A study of Fraunhofer Institute from 2020 shows that this Smart Waste solution can save roughly 27,000 tonnes of CO2eq emissions in Germany.