14 November 2012 – T-Systems in South Africa has officially joined 49M, South Africa’s energy efficiency campaign. 49M is an Eskom initiative, endorsed by government and business partners such as T-Systems, which urges all South Africans to reduce their current energy consumption by at least 10% by changing the way they use electricity. The initiative aims to drive energy savings as a national culture and aid South Africa in creating a sustainable future.

Gert Schoonbee, managing director of T-Systems in South Africa, says, “By harnessing energy-efficient hardware and software, organisations can cut carbon emissions, save electricity costs and make business processes more cost effective and eco-friendly.”

T-Systems researches, develops, uses and sells solutions that save electricity, cut paper consumption, diminish the need for hardware, and ease traffic. Cloud computing, low-energy hardware or substituting time and cost-intensive business trips with video conferencing can substantially reduce energy consumption. Cloud computing based on virtualisation technologies and high-level standardisation reduce data centres’ electricity consumption by up to 80%. Using thin clients consumes only around 0.08 kWh per day per computer, slashing CO2 emissions by 54%. Video conferences reduce travel-related carbon emissions output by up to 10%.

Other technologies for sustainability developed by T-Systems include smart metering solutions to optimise prepaid utility usage, including electricity. Smart metering can help to drive down power usage and establish intelligent networks that manage electricity optimally, helping participants in the 49M campaign to achieve their 10% energy reduction targets more easily.

Schoonbee adds, “Deutsche Telekom and its corporate customer arm, T-Systems, are leaders in the emerging field of smart energy to ensure that this increasingly scarce and expensive resource is managed more transparently and sparingly. While doing so, we realise locally as well that smart energy is more than a technology or even a set of technology solutions. It is a mind-set. We are therefore excited that the 49M campaign can be used to mobilise all our people and partners to adopt this mind-set and believe it will pave the way to develop our smart energy offering even further.”

Since its launch a year ago 49M has signed over 60 partners who have pledged their support to the campaign. More than 14% of these partners are corporate companies listed in the JSE. 49M also has the support of the country’s top ten environmental non-government organisations.