Türk Telekom stepping up work in the field of energy efficiency
Aware of the impact of high energy consumption on society and the environment, Türk Telekom attaches importance to investments and work in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energy. 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. The solar energy system is used in approximately 1,700 Türk Telekom locations. This system has a total installed capacity of around 2.3 MW.
- The Company’s low-efficiency cooling and voice communication systems are being replaced with high efficiency equipment. Air conditioning units used in the system rooms are replaced with next generation, low energy consumption free-cooling air conditioners, thus helping to lower carbon emissions. With the Smart Metering project, energy consumption can be monitored real-time and in detail when necessary.
- Services in older generation systems that have completed their technological useful life are transferred to next generation transmission systems, thus providing ease of maintenance and operation, energy savings and enhanced service quality.
- In Türk Telekom offices, space is being saved through building / system hall optimization projects, bringing about a significant reduction in energy consumption in cooling.
- In addition to recycling and savings, reductions in carbon emissions is achieved with the use of energy saving light bulbs, thermal insulation and sheathing, building automations, an environment friendly fleet of vehicles, paper recycling, the electronic document and documentation system, central printing systems, e-learning, telepresence and video conferencing.
Türk Telekom sets annual targets for reducing electricity consumption and fuel consumption. Senior management and related employees were given targets for reducing annual electricity consumption in 2019. Despite an increasing number of customers, frequency bandwidth and capacity, Türk Telekom succeeded in reducing its electricity consumption in the fixed segment by 3% in last two years and reached 770 MkWh in 2019. Türk Telekom is one of the few operators in the world to have succeeded in reducing its electricity consumption for the past four years.
Efficient use of resources increasing in Türk Telekom Smart Cities
Türk Telekom has launched many initiatives as a part of its efforts to attain sustainability goals. One of these initiatives is Türk Telekom Smart Cities, which aims to develop integrated solutions tailored to the needs of each city, thanks to next generation urbanism approach and next generation urban technologies. The initiative aims of a sustainable society by achieving savings in resources.
The Türk Telekom Smart Cities initiative, which has been implemented to permanently facilitate the lives of citizens and public authorities by using information and communication technologies, enables forward-looking decision making by processing data collected from different channels such as sensors and vehicles on the Company’s IoT platform.
The initiative aims to achieve increased efficiency, savings and interaction with citizens and energy savings in all public services related to smart life, from traffic and health to irrigation and lighting. In the projects, 50 different solutions can be monitored and managed in the areas of next generation transportation, the environment, health, safety, life and energy through a single interface from the operation center with the Next Generation City Management Platform.
The next generation city applications have paved the way for savings of approximately 40% in electricity and 30% in irrigation. Smart transportation applications have managed to reduce the amount of time spent in traffic by approximately 35% and brought fuel savings of 30%, reducing carbon emissions by 25% during the time spent in traffic. In addition, city life is facilitated by next generation applications offered under the headings of smart energy and smart management.
With smart health practices, the health status of over 400 chronic patients is monitored and periodic checks are carried out. With its smart environment practices, over 700 thousand people can benefit from open area WiFi services free of charge.
Modern, innovative and technological OSB solutions (Smart Organized Industrial Zones solutions) that provide substantial savings in terms of resources to the economy also offers important contributions in areas such as production quality, efficiency, safety, and environmental awareness.
Smart OSB applications aim to make production output more efficient by offering more effective solutions for the production lines of businesses and manufacturers. Organized Industrial Zones, which produce and distribute energy, are able to monitor information instantly with the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System) and Automatic Meter Reading System, and provide savings through the effective use of systems such as next generation lighting and irrigation.
The applications aim to eliminate risk factors by integrating next generation security solutions components with the existing systems of the Organized Industrial Zones, by making security elements traceable and manageable in each operation. Temperature, humidity, noise, smoke, flooding, air / water quality monitoring, pressure, gas and waste material measurements are performed to ensure reporting and control, while next generation waste management systems serve to prevent environmental pollution.
Within the scope of the Türk Telekom Smart Cities initiative, Turkey’s first integrated next generation city project was implemented in Karaman, with the Antalya and Kars Smart City projects then being commissioned. With these projects, smart applications developed by Group companies and domestic solution partners under the leadership of Türk Telekom were integrated into public services and urban life. Türk Telekom carries out efforts to expand Smart City projects in all the 81 provinces and continues introductory activities in numerous municipalities.
As well as the Smart City projects, Türk Telekom implemented Smart City Furniture solutions in the Bayburt Demirözü, Osmaniye, Giresun and Trabzon Municipalities; City Information Display solutions in the Yakutiye, Diyarbakır and Edirne Municipalities; Home Health Solutions in the Kadirli Municipality and the Smart City Mobile Application solution in the Artvin Metropolitan Municipality.
Türk Telekom takes measures to promote productivity and human health at its base stations
The measures taken and the solutions developed by Türk Telekom in order to achieve higher productivity at base stations and to protect human health are summarized below:
- Equipment with a high level of energy consumption in use at Türk Telekom is replaced with lower energy consuming models in line with the objective of increasing energy savings. This project, which is currently being carried out in the İzmir and Bursa regions, is planned to be completed in 2020.
- DC Invertor energy sources, with high energy losses, have been replaced with models that operate at high efficiency. The old type DC Invertor backup units, which later became redundant, have been recycled in an environmentally friendly manner at the recycling facilities.
- In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the base stations, environmentally friendly air conditioning gas is used. Air conditioning units in the field were dismantled in 2019 and old-type free-cooling devices were installed in the fields for trial purposes following the software updates. Their energy consumption has been monitored; the project is planned to be expanded in 2020, depending on the results.
- Energy losses are minimized thanks to regular maintenance and repair of the base stations.
- Electromagnetic field measurements are carried out before and after installation of base stations, ensuring that they work safely, both for the public and for the environment.
- During the planning, design, installation and operation stages, attention is placed on minimizing the human and environmental intervention factors at base stations and all necessary precautions are taken.
- In the interests of human health and environmental safety, which is considered as a primary priority, all necessary safety equipment is used and necessary updates are performed to prevent base stations from being affected by natural disasters and endangering the environment and public health. In 2019, 750 base station towers underwent detailed inspection and updates were made in line with requirements.
- Base stations are monitored 24 hours a day with the highest level of operational capability achieved by ensuring the fastest response to the site in emergency situations and natural disasters.