Deutsche Telekom signs Copenhagen Communiqué
* A call for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to adopt ambitious climate protection commitments
* Deutsche Telekom is seeking to convince additional companies to become committed to climate protection
On behalf of Deutsche Telekom, Reinhard Clemens, CEO of the T-Systems, the Group’s corporate customer unit, has signed the Copenhagen Communiqué of the European Leaders Group on Climate Change (EU CLG). The initiative, launched by the Prince of Wales, calls for an ambitious and fair agreement for global reduction of CO2 emissions. The purpose of the Communiqué is to marshal the business community’s support for climate protection, in order to boost policy-makers’ efforts at the UN Climate Change Conference in December 2009.
“We must not permit the current difficult economic situation to push climate protection issues into the background”, Clemens warned. “If we don’t act now to provide the basis for sustainable economies, global warming will further exacerbate the economic problems in the world’s markets.”
Clean technologies not just for industrialized countries
With this focus, the EU CLG calls on UN climate conference participants to adopt clear goals and strategies for drastic reductions in greenhouse emissions. The Communiqué signatories also call for strengthening emissions trading schemes and for promoting development and use of low-carbon technologies. In the view of the EU CLG, industrialized countries have a responsibility to support developing countries, both financially and technologically, in phasing in cleaner technologies.
Environmental protection as part of the company’s strategy
Deutsche Telekom acted early - a full ten years ago - to commit itself to sustainability and climate protection goals. As a result, for example, the Deutsche Telekom Group now sells climate-friendly telephones in both the U.S. and Europe. To business customers, Deutsche Telekom offers specific solutions for ways of using information technology to enhance resources efficiency and cut costs. “Our signing of this Communiqué is a logical outgrowth of our many years of ecological commitment”, Clemens explained. “We encourage other companies to join the EU CLG and to add their support to efforts toward environmentally compatible business.”
Deutsche Telekom has supported the EU CLG since its inception, and it signed earlier communiqués for the climate conferences held in Bali and in Poznań (Poland). Both of those communiqués on climate protection were signed by some 150 companies. Further information about the Communiqué is available at: www.copenhagencommunique.com.
Drawing on a global infrastructure of data centers and networks, T-Systems operates information and communication technology (ICT) systems for multinational corporations and public sector institutions. On this basis, Deutsche Telekom’s corporate customer arm provides integrated solutions for the networked future of business and society. Some 46,000 employees at T-Systems combine industry expertise and ICT innovations to add significant value to customers’ core business all over the world. The corporate customers unit generated revenue of around EUR 9.3 billion in the 2008 financial year.
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