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Establishing an Ecological Sustainability Strategy for Companies

Practice responsibility, enable sustainability – this should be the guiding maxim for all companies! Effective contributions to climate protection come in no small part from digital technologies that can help to reduce emissions and to conserve resources.

We support you as you establish a strong position for an ecologically sustainable future by following digital methods. Detecon itself is striving to be climate-neutral by 2030. We also want to offer this prospect to all our clients – as a concrete goal or as a positive secondary effect of our consulting activities.

Let us act together in the spirit of environmental sustainability so that we can ensure that all people of present and future generations can enjoy an intact environment.

Sustainability Advisory – Challenges and Possible Solution Approaches

We recommend a transparent approach along 6 essential key questions:

Scope Definition

How extensive should your environmental sustainability strategy be?

Common understanding regarding the definition and goals of environmental sustainability as well as identification of the areas (CO2, waste, resource efficiency, etc.) that will be the company’s focus. Determination of specific requirements (reporting standards, methods, etc.) within the action areas of the focus. Description of the scope of the sustainability strategy and definition of a timetable, including designation of key contacts.

Environmental Baseline

What is your present starting point for environmental sustainability?

Determining the environmental baseline is regarded as a prerequisite for an efficient sustainability strategy: definition of the analytical approach in terms of methods, standards, and tooling; definition of the relevant data sets, data collection, and data harmonization; data aggregation and calculation of the environmental baseline; and the associated current as well as future monetary costs.

Ambition Level

What is the right ambition level to reduce your negative environmental impact?

Screening of existing ambitions suitable for your own company: legal framework (Germany, EU, etc.) and future regulatory changes, competitors, NGOs, external stakeholders. Prioritization of ambitions and definition of a quantitative and company-wide ambition along with management commitment. Identification of the gap between the status quo and the company’s defined ambition level in terms of environmental sustainability.

Actions

What actions can you take to achieve the defined ambition level?

  • Identification of optimization levers for the potential to reduce the company’s negative environmental impacts.
  • What levers do experts regard as effective for each particular situation?
  • Definition and modeling of scenarios for target achievement.
  • Cost calculation for the measures and each scenario.
  • Selection of the desired scenario and definition of a road map for further steps.
  • Definition of KPIs and a monitoring process to track progress.

Governance

How is your sustainability strategy to be anchored as an element of corporate strategy?

  • Development of a strategic mission statement.
  • Creation of a dedicated department for sustainability issues.
  • Definition of key roles and responsibilities as well as multipliers in business units.
  • Support from top management.
  • Enhancement of employee awareness and creation of incentives.
  • Alignment of governance for risk and compliance with strategic objectives.

Change Management

How can all relevant stakeholders be convinced?

  • Reorientation of the corporate vision.
  • Team-based development of implementation scenarios.
  • High-impact executives serve as role models because of their commitment.
  • Community of sustainability ambassadors enables scaling to all areas of the company.
  • Continuous communication.
  • Promotion of a culture of continuous learning.

Sustainability Solutions of T-Systems

Find out how T-Systems Solutions are driving sustainable outcomes:

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Fields of Action

Acting instead of reacting to be able to play in the sustainably oriented business: External requirements and regulations regarding ecological sustainability have been increasing for some time and oblige companies to act. In addition to political resolutions such as the Paris Climate Agreement or the European Green Deal, many customers also demand clear climate protection efforts from suppliers and providers. Failure to comply could result in exclusion from market segments or loss of competitiveness. And last but not least, the company's own employees will be all the more enthusiastic about their employer if it takes credible action to protect the climate.

Green IT

Energy efficiency in data centers; cloud and office IT infrastructure for lower costs and a lower carbon footprint. The Green IT strategy covers the entire value-added chain: hardware and provider selection, make-or-buy decisions, renewable energy, security aspects, recycling.

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Sustainable Products

Evaluation of the ecological impact of products and solutions. Optimization based on the findings obtained during the evaluation and fact-based communication to customers and investors.

Supplier Management

Definition of environmental aspects and standards. Introduction of a supplier strategy focusing on the previously defined aspects for new and existing supplier contracts. Evaluation and monitoring of suppliers.

New Normal

Establishment of a “New Normal” in the workplace to respond to changing needs, to identify new opportunities, and to heighten employee engagement. In addition to positive ecological effects, the focus is on employee satisfaction, productivity, and cost reduction.

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Mobility

Definition of intelligent and sustainable mobility concepts that, for one, raise employee awareness of the issue of sustainability and, for another, avoid mobility emissions.

Smart Manufacturing

Optimization of power consumption based on production capacity/renewable energy sources. Efficient material use: tracking of material waste, identification of efficient processes featuring lower material consumption. Example augmented reality: maintenance and repair of machines without traveling.

Green Software Engineering

Efficiency of Data Flows / Green coding rules / Analysis of highest emission applications / Hotspot Analysis / Verification of load status on hardware components / Life cycle assessment of a product/solution as part of eco design

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