TDC and other business leaders recognised for their ambitious climate targets and commitment to the Business Ambition for 1.5°C Pledge at the UN Private Sector Forum during Climate Week 2019. Photo credit: UN Global Compact

Moving forward - CO2 neutral in 2028

Our work towards this new target has already begun. We have established the internal structures needed to drive success towards achieving our ambitious target. Working both top down and bottom up, we are harnessing the passion and knowledge of all employees to deliver climate action at TDC. More than 300 employees across the Group, Nuuday and TDC NET have signed up to promote, give insights, and kick-off new initiatives that will help us fulfil our new ambition. 

This commitment covers our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. It includes the oil in our back-up generators, the gas heating in our offices, the fuel propelling our technicians around the country, and the electricity powering our network. We intend to tackle our impacts head on with the biggest culprits deserving our focus from the start; electricity accounts for 72% of our Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions* and fleet for 23%*, which is where we have begun. 

During Q3 and Q4 of 2019 we ran 6 workshops with participants from all business units, and several workstreams have been established to develop initiatives from the more than 250 ideas generated during the workshop pro-cess. These initiatives focus on driving down our CO2 emissions to zero as well as reducing our overall environmental impact. The workstreams refer to our new CO2 Forum, which has been created with key management-level personnel from the departments responsible for consuming the most energy across TDC. Together with the CO2 Forum, with input from the employee workstreams and direction from our Sustainability team, we will deliver a roadmap of effective solutions to ensure that TDC becomes CO2 neutral in 2028. 

Our CO2 ambition is aligned with the Business Ambition for 1.5°C Pledge. We still have work ahead to set a Scope 3 target. Scope 3 emissions are all our indirect upstream and downstream emissions (excl. electricity) in our value chain. For TDC, these emissions include emissions from manufacturing our products, emissions from our products being used in customers’ homes, emissions from end-of-life treatments like recycling etc., employee commuting, and emissions from waste and water use. However, there are many more sources of Scope 3 emissions to be accounted for. In 2020, we will investigate these impacts and aim to set a comprehensive, science-based target no later than September 2021.

* As a percentage of CO2 emissions based on location-based calculation methodology