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Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment Studies

In order to determine the potential risks and environmental dimensions arising from Turk Telekom's activities, products and services, assessing the environmental impact and size, by defining relevant principles and methods for the control of potential hazards in a systematic way, and the purpose of lowering to minimum level risk assessment and environmental impact assessment statements are prepared and documented.

Through environmental impact and risk assessment studies, it is aimed to identify the risks and take the necessary measures before environmental and work accidents occur.

Continued participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project

Türk Telekom strives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by offering products and services that support the low carbon economy, and extends support to various sectors with products and service solutions with low carbon emissions. Greenhouse gas management and efforts to tackle climate change are important issues for the company and are included in the company’s overall strategy. Goal of Türk Telekom at this stage is to set an example for the sector in fighting climate change and continue to be the facilitator to the companies in other sectors.

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an international organization with the largest climate change database in the world, which reports globally on how climate change risks are being managed by companies every year. It evaluates the responses of participating companies with regard to the management of environmental risks according to the CDP methodology, which is an environmental data rating methodology. Companies with high environmental awareness share records of their greenhouse gas emissions, their water resources management and their climate change strategies with investors through the CDP in order to determine their mitigation targets and to enhance their performances. This report provides guidance on how global investors can benefit from the climate data in order to make more accurate investment decisions.

Similar to high performance companies reporting worldwide, Türk Telekom also participates in the CDP. Reporting to the CDP for the first time in 2011, Türk Telekom was the first Turkish telecommunications company to take part in this global initiative. Türk Telekom reported to the CDP between 2010 and 2011 and started to report to the CDP in 2017. Türk Telekom report submitted to the CDP was assessed at the D (Disclosure) level in 2017.

In the responses of Türk Telekom for the 2018 CDP report, the company disclosed on the projects to increase its energy savings and renewable energy use, to reduce its fuel consumption and carbon monoxide emissions, and its annual energy saving objectives, Smart City projects, Cloud Eye technology and projects that have a positive impact on climate change. This reporting resulted in an improvement in the rating from D+ to the C+ (Awareness) level.

The departments throughout Türk Telekom have annual emission reduction targets and the realizations are regularly monitored.

Türk Telekom’s objective is to set the strategic emission reduction targets that will cover 5 and 10-year periods until the next reporting period, and further reduce carbon emissions that can be managed through the Company and to ensure that the emission calculations are verified by an authorized institution.

Türk Telekom has annual targets to reduce electricity and fuel consumption. Despite the increase in network capacity, the annual electricity consumption of the fixed network edged down from 800 million kWh in 2016 to 790 million kWh in 2017 thanks to the efficiency and savings projects implemented.

In 2018, targets for reducing annual electricity consumption were set by the senior management and relevant employees. Despite the growth in the number of customers, frequency bandwidth and capacity utilization, the Company decreased its electricity consumption by 2.2% yoy to 773 million kWh. Türk Telekom is amongst the few operators that decreased electricity consumption in the world in the past five years. In addition, Building Automation Systems were installed in ten buildings in 2018, with a target to cut fuel costs in the related units by 15%.

"Let You Have A Planted Tree" Project

In order to demonstrate the sensitivity of Türk Telekom to people and the environment, an afforestation campaign is organized at Ankara Central Campus with the slogan of “Lets’ You Have a Planted Tree”.

A total of 220 trees were planted by determining the most suitable tree type for the city climate.

By participating in this campaign, Türk Telekom employees both left a beautiful world for the future and contributed to the need for oxygen for a sustainable environment.​​

Sustainability in Offices

Within the context of sustainability in offices, building/hall optimization projects provide significant savings in space and consequently savings in energy consumption for cooling. In addition, with the use of energy saving bulbs, heat insulation and jacketing, public transportation, building automation, an environmentally friendly vehicle fleet, paper recycling, electronic document and documentation system (EDITT), central printing systems, e-learning, telepresence and video conference usage, recycling, savings and reduction in carbon emissions are ensured.

Türk Telekom takes various steps not only to control its own activities, but also to raise environmental awareness. Within the scope of environmentally friendly products, the e-billing application also offers an opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of customers.

With the DX Climatization Transformation project at Türk Telekom, air conditioning systems were replaced with new generation energy efficient air conditioning systems. As a result of this transformation, operating costs and energy consumption levels were reduced.

Türk Telekom runs efficiency activities and invests in newer technologies which could enable reduction in GHG emissions due to its operations.

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 environmentalyl 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 liveable 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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