DGAP-News Tele Columbus AG: Tele Columbus AG makes progress in its sustainability strategy
DGAP-News: Tele Columbus AG / Key word(s): Sustainability/Miscellaneous
Lower greenhouse gas emissions, safe supply chains
Tele Columbus AG makes progress in its sustainability strategy
- 8.2% less CO2 from purchased electricity
- 31% less CO2 from mobility
- Measures for fair supply chains
Berlin, 29 April 2021. Tele Columbus AG is on track to achieving its sustainability targets for 2024. Those goals for 2024 include climate-neutral network operation and reducing the vehicle fleet's GHG emissions by 30% per kilometre.
2020 was heavily influenced by the coronavirus pandemic and led to advancements in digitalisation in many areas of life. The trend also had a noticeable impact on the Tele Columbus Group's networks, pushing data volume up by 40% compared with 2019. With annual increases in transfer volume of 35% already a regular occurrence prior to the widespread introduction of remote working and schooling, a mere five percentage points can actually be attributed to the effects of lockdown.
Despite this growth in data traffic, energy consumption as measured rose only slightly. A higher share of renewable energy made it possible to reduce CO2 emissions by 8.2% year on year. In 2020, the percentage of electricity purchased by the Tele Columbus Group from green sources increased to 69.5%, including the networks and data centres of the PŸUR Business B2B segment (HL komm Kommunikationsdienste GmbH), which already purchase their electricity entirely from renewable energy sources. The GHG intensity of the Tele Columbus Group's networks currently stands at 8.2 kg CO2e per transmitted terabyte.
The rapid roll-out of a comprehensive hygiene concept to prevent infection, which featured extensive remote working and the systematic reduction of physical person-to-person contact, helped to reduce travel significantly, resulting in a 31% decrease in GHG emissions attributable to the company's fleet of vehicles and air travel. In addition, the CO2 emissions in connection with business travel by air were fully offset through carbon credits for the first time in 2020 (-84 tCO2).