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.

In March 2021 Deutsche Telekom adapted its Group Climate Targets making them even more ambitious. The Scope 1+2 emissions will be net-zero by 2025 and real reduction will be up to 95%. Residual emissions have to be compensated. One major part to achieve this target is the use of 100% electricity from renewables already from 2021 for the whole group.

Latest by 2040 Deutsche Telekom wants to be net-zero covering all emissions from Scope 1 to Scope 3.

Lighthouse initiative

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.

Making the Green Deal the Real Deal

As Deutsche Telekom we help our customers in Europe to save 331 percent – or four times – more CO2 than we emit as a company – with our networks, data centers and cloud offerings, with smart applications for cities, factories and homes.

Read more in this column by Dominique Leroy, Business in Europe in the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom AG.