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Türk Telekom Becomes Turkey’s Leading Telecom Company in Carbon Disclosure Project Reporting

Türk Telekom is the first telecommunication company which reports to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) by measuring its carbon emissions in Turkey in 2011. In terms of methodology and transparency, Türk Telekom has been elected as one of two companies submitting the best report, ahead of several other companies.

Istanbul, Turkey, June 05, 2012 --( As the leading communication and convergence technologies company in Turkey, Türk Telekom is continuing to work on environmental sustainability with the aim of creating a better future for the next generations. Acting with this vision, Türk Telekom has identified its sustainability targets and implemented the process for developing a greenhouse gas management strategy. Accordingly, Türk Telekom aims to become the leader in its sector in managing climate change risks as well as environmental sustainability. Türk Telekom is also implementing the “Environment Friendly Communication” campaign, involving Türk Telekom employees, their families, suppliers, investors, customers and the public.

Türk Telekom started its sustainable development program with the solar energy panels installed for backing up energy in the beginning of 90s. Today, there are 52 locations. Türk Telekom also established a “sustainability committee” at the CEO level in 2010. Aiming to create a better future for the next generations with the leadership of the committee, Türk Telekom has transformed its office applications and business processes according to the principles of sustainability. Accordingly, in 2011 Türk Telekom was the first telecommunication company reporting from Turkey to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)* by measuring its carbon emission. As a result of the evaluations carried out among the companies reporting to CDP, Türk Telekom has been named one of the best two companies reporting to CDP in terms of methodology and transparency.

Türk Telekom uses its headquarters and its network of 24 thousand employees and buildings all over Turkey to carry out large scale feasibility studies related to low carbon and sustainability in its business applications.

Türk Telekom carries out several sustainability projects including alternative energy use, employing solar and wind energy, employing videoconference technology Telepresence. Türk Telekom also use environment friendly font Ecofont, e-training, fleet optimization and energy saving products and services. Upon completion of this energy transformation program by 2014, Türk Telekom will be able to prevent an amount of carbon emission equaling to carbon emission reduction of a forest of 5.400 hectares.

*CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) is considered the most comprehensive environmental project in the world, with the aim of having all publicly listed companies in the world disclose their greenhouse emissions and risk management policies related to climate change to their corporate investors. The CDP project carries out its works in Turkey is hosted by the Sabancı University Faculty of Management Sciences.

What is carbon neutral?
For offsetting the greenhouse gases emitted as a result of any activity performed by any individual or company and having net “0” emission, to prevent/decrease the greenhouse gas emission equal to the amount emitted by the same individual or company or to assist in decreasing the carbon emission through another project by buying carbon credit equal to this emitted amount.

About Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş.
Türk Telekom is Turkey’s leading communication and convergence technologies company, with its modern network infrastructure covering the whole country. Offering a wide range of services to residential and commercial customers in fixed lines and broadband Internet, Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş has 15 million Fixed Access Lines, and 7 million ADSL connections (bulk) as of March 31, 2012. 55% of Türk Telekom shares belong to Ojer Telekomünikasyon A.Ş. and 30% belongs to Turkish Treasury.

About Türk Telekom Group
Türk Telekom Group, the leading communication and convergence technology group in Turkey, provides integrated telecommunication services from PSTN and GSM to broadband internet. As of March 31, 2012; Türk Telekom group companies have 15 mn Fixed Access Lines, 7 mn ADSL Connections and 12.9 mn Mobile Subscribers. Group companies have a modern network infrastructure covering the whole country and offer a wide variety of services to residential and commercial customers all over Turkey. Apart from 90 % shares in Avea, one of the three GSM operators in Turkey, Türk Telekom owns 100% of wholesale data and capacity service provider company Pantel International AG and its subsidiaries, 99.9% of broadband provider TTNET, convergence technologies company Argela, IT solutions provider Innova, online education company Sebit A.Ş., online gaming company Sobee and call center company AssisTT. Türk Telekom also has an indirect minority share in Albtelecom, the Albanian incumbent telecom operator. 55% of Türk Telekom shares belong to Ojer Telekomünikasyon A.Ş. and 30% belongs to Turkish Treasury. The remaining 15% is publicly traded. Türk Telekom shares are listed in Istanbul Stock Exchange since May 2008.

About Türkiye’ye Değer
Turkey’s leading communication and convergence technologies company, Türk Telekom, aims to create value to Turkey through investments in technology and infrastructure, as well as in human resources. Besides, Türk Telekom contributes value to the lives of people thanks to “Türkiye’ye Değer” social responsibility projects. In addition to extensive national social responsibility projects such as Books on the Phone, Türk Telekom Schools, Türk Telekom Internet Houses, Türk Telekom Sports Clubs, and e-Billing Forests. Around 100 local social responsibility activities realized by Türk Telekom provincial directorates have also been included under the scope of the “Türkiye’ye Değer” project. Türk Telekom has received over 80 national and international awards during last three year with the social responsibility projects it has implemented.
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