We employ climate protection measures throughout the Group to reduce CO2 emissions, conserve resources and use energy more efficiently.
Digitization is changing our society. We are supporting this change, simplifying and enriching people's lives. However, increasing digitization requires a lot of energy, which is why we are committed to using energy more efficiently, reducing the energy consumption of our networks and sourcing our electricity group-wide completely from renewable energies from 2021 onwards.
We have set a Group-wide climate target to help us in these efforts: Until 2025 we want to be climate-neutral regarding our own emissions (Scope 1&2). To this end, we are going to reduce our worldwide emissions by up to 95 percent. We will neutralize the last five percent or so of our carbon footprint through high-quality carbon removal projects. By 2040 at the latest, the requirement of climate neutrality will then apply to the entire value chain from production to customer use (Scope 3). This target applies to the entire Group including T-Mobile US and raises again the ambition of our climate protection targets.
Major levers for achieving our climate protection target are, on the one hand, the efficient use of energy and the switch to new, energy-efficient technologies for network operation and data centers. The purchase of 100 percent electricity from renewable energies also ensures that no climate-damaging emissions are generated by the operation of our networks and data centers.
We are working to process data traffic from no more than a few, particularly efficient data centers. We also continue to optimize our current data centers through measures such as modernizing cooling systems and advancing the IT technology used there. Both of these are measures that can significantly reduce energy consumption.
We are also replacing legacy technology in our networks with new technology, i.e., by switching to IP technology in our fixed-line network.
We are particularly interested in helping our customers conserve resources and reduce their energy consumption through solutions such as our growing offer of sustainable products and services. These solutions help millions of Deutsche Telekom customers cut back on tons of CO2 every year. An example - cloud computing: By using software and IT infrastructure directly in the TelekomCloud, our highly efficient data centers consume up to 80 percent less energy compared to what happens when customers use their own infrastructure.