By Gary Thomas
Türk Telekom, a communication and convergence technologies company, has become the leading telecom company in Turkey for reporting to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). In 2011, it became the first company in Turkey to measure and report its carbon emission to the CDP.
The company intends to manage the risks related to environmental sustainability and climate change. Towards achieving this, it has identified the sustainability targets that it has to attain. It has commenced the process for developing a strategy for greenhouse gas management.
Türk Telekom has involved its employees, suppliers, customers and the public in its "Environment Friendly Communication" campaign. The company had initiated its development programs for sustainability in early 90s through installation of solar energy panels for energy backup. In 2010, it had set up a sustainability committee.
The companies reporting to the CDP were evaluated based on their transparency and methodology, and based on the evaluation Türk Telekom stood one among two of the best two companies. The company performs feasibility studies for sustainability and low carbon in its business applications using its buildings and 24,000 strong work force. The company is performing projects on utilizing wind and solar energy, videoconferencing technology and other alternative energy usage. Türk Telekom utilizes energy saving products, services, e-training, and the Ecofont as part of its initiatives.
By 2014, Türk Telekom intends to complete its energy transformation program. Through this it will be able to avoid carbon emission that will be equivalent to reduction of carbon emission of a forest covering 5.400 ha.