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Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment Studies

Türk Telekom prepares and documents risk and environmental impact assessment tables to determine potential hazards and related risks arising from its activities, products and services; and to evaluate environmental impacts and dimensions, so as to systematically define the methods and principles for controlling potential risks and minimizing occupational accidents, occupational illnesses and environmental risks.

The aim of the work is to identify the risks that may cause occupational accidents and occupational illnesses before they occur, and to take appropriate measures.

Türk Telekom continues to take part in the Carbon Disclosure Project

In its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Türk Telekom supports various sectors with its low carbon emission product and service solutions. The Company considers greenhouse gas management and efforts to combat climate change as important issues and includes them in its overall strategy. Türk Telekom’s goal at this stage is to continue to stand as an example to the sector in combating climate change and to support companies in other sectors.

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an international organization with the largest climate change database in the world, reporting globally on how climate change risks are being managed by companies every year. The responses of the companies participating in the project regarding the management of environmental risks are evaluated in accordance with the CDP environmental data rating methodology.

Environmentally sensitive companies share their greenhouse gas emission records, management of water resources and climate change strategies with investors through the CDP in order to set their mitigation targets and enhance their performance.

Türk Telekom participates in the CDP organization, where high performance companies report worldwide. Türk Telekom, which completed its first reporting to the CDP in 2011, was the first Turkish telecommunications company to participate in this global initiative.

In the 2018 CDP reporting, Türk Telekom disclosed projects aimed at increasing energy savings and renewable energy use, reducing fuel consumption and carbon monoxide emissions, annual energy saving targets, Smart City projects, Cloud Eye technology and projects which positively support the efforts to tackle climate change. With the report prepared in this scope, the Company increased its score by two notches from D+ level to C+ (Awareness).

Within the scope of CDP reporting carried out by Türk Telekom in 2019, calculations of emission resulting from the Company’s activities have been verified by the authorized independent organization. The score in the CDP report, prepared in accordance with the 2018 data, improved again to reach B + (Management), thus the Company achieved the highest score among telecom operators in Turkey.

The departments throughout the Türk Telekom organization are all given annual emission reduction targets and their realizations are regularly monitored. Türk Telekom aims to set strategic emission reduction targets that will cover 5 and 10 year periods until the next reporting, and further reduce the carbon emissions that can be managed across the Company.

As Türk Telekom, we will continue to share water saving, electricity consumption and energy consumption data by reporting CDP in 2021.

Afforestation campaign organized within the scope of “Senin de Dikili Bir Ağacın Olsun” the project

In order to demonstrate Türk Telekom’s sensitivity to the environment, an afforestation campaign was organized at the Ankara Central Campus with the slogan of “Senin de Dikili Bir Ağacın Olsun (Leave behind a tree)”. A total of 220 trees were planted by determining which tree species would be most suitable for the city’s climate. By participating in this campaign, Türk Telekom employees took steps to leave a beautiful world to future generations.

Significant support from Türk Telekom to a “Breath for the Future” with 38,540 saplings

Within the scope of the “Breath for the Future” campaign implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in order to leave a greener Turkey to the future generations, Türk Telekom donated 38,450 saplings on behalf of all employees. Contributing to the country’s digital transformation with numerous projects, investments and cooperation, Türk Telekom stood out with its support for leaving a better and greener Turkey to the future generations with this donation.

Türk Telekom takes initiatives to contribute to the environment in its sales channels as well

E-invoice application

Türk Telekom takes initiatives to support the sustainability of the world and aims to increase the rate of customers using e-invoices for this purpose. Türk Telekom, which currently has an e-invoice ratio of 75%, organizes new campaigns to increase this rate. In this context, the prerequisite for becoming an SMS e-invoice subscriber has been added as a condition for participation in the existing “Sil Süpür” campaign in the mobile segment, which offers customers a range of significant advantages. Türk Telekom not only saves money through these efforts, but also provides a key contribution to the environment. Thanks to the use of e-invoices in 2019, Türk Telekom’s contribution to the environment can be summed up as approximately;

  • 66 thousand trees,
  • 16 million Kwh energy,
  • 125,000 m3 water conservation.

Digital document application

With a new application launched in 2019, Türk Telekom has started to receive legal documents from its customers through digital media with tablets and biometric pens, which it distributes to dealers. This new improvement has enabled the following;

  • Dealers have been able to focus on customer satisfaction by facilitating paperwork processes,
  • Dealers have been able to carry out the paperwork process, which is a legal requirement for recording customer information, in a digital environment much more rapidly and easily, thus increasing customer satisfaction.
  • Savings in paper and cargo and courier costs related to the transportation of documents have been achieved.

Türk Telekom Technology Center and Türk Telekom Esentepe Campus received the “LEED GOLD Certificate”

Environmentally friendly / sustainable buildings are gaining importance in today's world where environmental problems such as global warming and supply of clean water have become increasingly serious.

Türk Telekom İstanbul - Ümraniye Technology Center Building and Esentepe A Block were built in accordance with LEED GOLD certificate criteria. Accordingly, Türk Telekom Ümraniye Technology Center and Türk Telekom Esentepe A Block received "LEED GOLD Certificate”, and became one of the leading office projects in the world.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmentally Friendly Design (LEED) is an environmentally friendly “Green Building Certificate System", developed by the Green Building Council in the USA. LEED is the most preferred certification in the world and Turkey. The aim is to make our world more livable by creating green buildings and premises that respect humanity and nature.

Sustainability projects developed in Türk Telekom Technology Center and Türk Telekom Esentepe Campus projects within the scope of LEED System are as under these headings;

  • Energy efficiency and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions,
  • Water efficiency,
  • Indoor air quality,
  • Selection of all Materials and Resources used in buildings,
  • Sustainable Land and Location selection,
  • Waste management in buildings,

With these efforts, water and waste pollution have been reduced, and environmentally friendly features have been preferred in building location and construction materials selection.

Briefly, via buildings with LEED GOLD Certification factors that have a direct impact on human health such as indoor air quality, natural lighting, waste management, temperature and humidity control are taken into consideration and via methods used in building construction, a cleaner environment for the end user are facilitated. In addition to energy and water savings, Türk Telekom also contributed to the health and comfort of its employees.​​​​​​​​​

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