Our environmental activities in 2019

During 2019, we made great strides towards meeting our 2020 target to reduce our CO2 emissions by 70% compared with 2010 levels. We have more than achieved this milestone and have consistently reduced our CO2 emissions every year since 2016.

These large reductions in our emissions are the result of dedicated work with a conscientious focus on minimising our environmental impact throughout the entire business and in every company operation: from our network and our fleet of vehicles to our offices.

We have achieved this while simultaneously delivering the necessary capacity to satisfy our customers’ increasing demand for data. To give some context to this growth, 98% of all the world's data was generated within the past two years, and in 2019, our customers’ own data consumption again rose by 10% compared with the previous year. 

Reducing our energy consumption

In 2019, we focused clearly on improving the efficiency of our datacentres through containment, virtualisation and consolidation of locations and platforms. For example, consolidating platforms, decommissioning legacy equipment across the whole network, and deploying energy efficient devices helped us to reduce the amount of energy (both electricity and vehicle fuel) that we have consumed over the year. In real terms, our total electricity consumption has reduced by 3% compared with 2018, which was 37% lower than in 2010; and our fleet fuel consumption fell by more than 12,000 litres com-pared with 2018, making 2019 34% lower than in 2010. In short, we are delivering more for our customers using less energy than ever.   

 



 

Reducing our environmental impact

In terms of waste reduction and recycling, it was a very successful year as we reduced the total volume of waste produced by 21% versus the previous year. We maintained a high recycling rate of 64% across all waste types. We also reduced paper use by 32% or 37 tonnes and reduced our water use by 10% or more than 6,000m3.

 



 
 
Committing to a low carbon future

In August, we became a signatory to the UN’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C Pledge, a public commitment for businesses to set emission reduction targets that align with the latest climate science, which will help to limit the worst effects of climate change. This pledge requires reaching net-zero emissions no later than in 2050 and requires both direct and indirect emission reduction tar-gets (Scope 1, 2 and 3). 177 companies from all around the world have now committed to the 1.5°C Pledge and together represent 5.8 million employees. We were proud to sit alongside 350 of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs, heads of state and CEOs during Climate Week in New York at the launch of the pledge during the Private Sector Forum on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly.

 

Certifying our Environmental Management System

Last year, we were also pleased to obtain the ISO 14001 certification in Environmental Management.   The ISO standard is an internationally recognised framework to help organisations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of natural resources. The certification encompasses all brands in TDC and is amongst the largest in Denmark covering our almost 7,500 employees and 10,000 addresses. Working to achieve this important certification has provided us with a clearer overview of our 

energy and environmental impacts, as well as a framework for continuous improvement, which will be a firm foundation for moving forward with our new target to become 100 % CO2 neutral in 2030.