Expanding efforts in renewable energy
Acutely aware of the impact of high energy consumption on society and the environment, Türk Telekom attaches importance on investments and work in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energy with the aim of efficient use of energy resources, widening the use of renewable energy resources and minimizing negative impacts on the environment. The activities carried out and achievements obtained in this context are summarized below.
- Türk Telekom systematically reduces carbon emissions through its efforts to use renewable energy and through efficiency projects. Türk Telekom uses solar power in approximately 2,000 locations with the system having a total installed capacity of about 2.5 MW.
- Cooling and sound communication systems with a low level of efficiency have been replaced with high efficiency equipment. Air conditioning units used in the system rooms have been replaced with new generation, low energy consumption free-cooling air conditioners, thus contributing to efforts to reduce carbon emissions. With the Smart metering project, energy consumption can be monitored in detail and in real-time when necessary.
- Services in the old generation systems that have completed their technological life cycle have been replaced with new generation transmission systems, thus enhancing service quality by providing ease of maintenance and operation and energy saving.
- In Türk Telekom offices, space savings have been achieved through the building / system hall optimization projects, bringing about a significant reduction in energy consumption in cooling.
- In addition, savings and also reduction in carbon emissions have been achieved with the use of energy saving light bulbs, heat insulation and sheathing, public transportation, building automations, an environmentally friendly vehicle fleet, paper recycling, the electronic document and ocumentation system (EDİTT), central printing systems, distance learning, telepresence and video conferencing.
Since December 2011, Türk Telekom has been providing all employees with online training on climate change, risks and the simple changes that can be made on the Daily habits to reduce these risks. Türk Telekom also conducts in-class training on energy efficiency and occupational health and safety legislation.
At the same time, Türk Telekom has the accolade of being the first telecommunications company to have rolled out the e-billing system in Turkey.
Türk Telekom promoting the efficient use of resources with Smart Cities
Türk Telekom has implemented a number of initiatives for sustainability. Türk Telekom Smart Cities is one of these initiatives, and aims to develop integrated solutions tailored to the needs of each city with a new generation approach to urbanism as well as new generation urban technologies, thus serving the sustainable society by achieving resource savings.
Türk Telekom Smart Cities initiative, which has been implemented in order to bring lasting ease to the lives of citizens and public authorities by using information and communication technologies, enabling forward-looking decision making by processing the data that is collected from different channels such as sensors and vehicles on the Company’s IoT platform.
Ease is brought to city life by new generation applications offered under the headings of smart traffic, smart environment, smart health, smart security, smart energy and smart management.
Turkey’s first integrated new generation city project
Within the scope of the Türk Telekom Smart Cities initiative, Turkey’s first integrated new generation city project was implemented in Karaman. This was followed by Antalya and Kars Smart City projects. With these projects, the smart applications developed by Türk Telekom have been integrated into public services and urban life.
With the scope of the projects aimed at saving energy in all public services concerning smart life, encompassing traffic, health, irrigation and lighting, over 20 applications such as smart transportation, environment, health, safety, irrigation and energy have become manageable through a single interface offered by the Smart City Operation Centers.
The new generation cities projected aim to provide public benefit in locations where smart systems are available. With the new generation city applications, savings of up to 40% in electricity and 30% in irrigation were achieved. The decrease in the time spent in traffic resulted in a 28% fall in carbon dioxide emissions and as much as a 45% fall in fuel consumption.
Türk Telekom is engaged in efforts to rollout the Smart City projects, with work continuing in Antalya, Kırşehir and Mersin, and which eventually to be brought to 81 provinces. Introductory activities have been continuing in many municipalities.
Efficiency and Human Health at Base Stations
Main measures and solutions of Turk Telekom at base stations for efficiency and human health:
- In order to increase energy savings, equipment with high energy consumption is replaced with lower energy consuming models.
- Environmentally friendly air conditioning gas is used in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from base stations. At the same time, Turk Telekom puts fan systems in its base stations and reduces the rate of air conditioner usage to minimum levels.
- DC Inverters which have high energy losses are replaced by high-efficiency models (97%). The old type DC Inverter units, which are replaced with new ones, are recycled in a nature-friendly way in recycling facilities.
- Unexpected energy losses are minimized with regular maintenance and repairs of base stations.
- Energy saving is achieved by using renewable energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines in suitable base stations.
- Electromagnetic field measurements are made before and post the installation of base stations to ensure safe operation for public and the environment.
- In the planning, design, installation and operation phases, maximum attention is paid to minimize human and environmental intervention factors at our base stations and all necessary precautions are taken.
- As human health and environmental safety is considered to be the first priority, all necessary safety equipment is used to ensure that the base stations are not affected by natural disasters and do not endanger the environment and public health.
- Base stations are monitored 24 hours for emergency situations and natural disasters. The affected base stations are intervened very rapidly in order to ensure maximum operational competence.