Techem takes responsibility

In a time of overlapping geopolitical and pandemic crises, climate change remains one of the greatest challenges of our time: achieving the 1.5-degree target is the key challenge here. That is why quick action is required from all of us – including concrete measures and binding targets. For a future in which we can live healthier, greener and smarter. CEO Matthias Hartmann explains the goals that Techem is pursuing in a video.

Key figures at a glance

313.760 t
90 %
CO₂e-reduction until 2045
78 %
Wireless and remotely readable Techem devices
Corruption cases

Techem Sustainability Stories

Our contribution to the SDGs

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the centerpiece of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 17 goals with their 169 sub-goals are intended to guide policymakers, companies and civil society in meeting the greatest economic, social and environmental challenges. Techem is committed to the SDGs and contributes directly to their achievement with its business model. 

Access to renewable, safe and widely available energy sources for all

Techem’s focus goal is SDG7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. With products and solutions such as consumption-based billing of heating costs, intra-year consumption information, as well as submetering and its contracting offering, Techem contributes to awareness and change.

Relevant sub-target: 3.9 

Techem services such as legionella testing or the smoke alarm service contribute to the residential health of tenants*. In doing so, we research innovative solutions to further increase safety and health in homes in the future.

Relevant sub-targets: 6.3, 6.4 

Techem creates transparency on water consumption – the basis for efficient use of the resource. Through legionella testing and drinking water technology for filter systems or decalcification systems, for example, we also ensure the quality of water in apartment buildings and protect the piping system.

Relevant sub-target: 9.4

With around 60 million devices worldwide for recording heat, water, cooling and electricity, as well as smoke alarms, Techem is creating an infrastructure for sustainable buildings. The wireless rate of our devices is already around 80 percent. We are constantly investing in the maintenance and future viability of our device infrastructure. The Techem portfolio also includes complete solutions for the charging infrastructure of e-cars in real estate – so we are also contributing to the success of the mobility transition.

Relevant sub-targets: 11.3, 11.6

Techem is increasingly focusing on neighborhood solutions, which is highly relevant, especially with regard to a sustainable heat supply and sustainable mobility solutions. We also research and cooperate on innovative concepts for modern quarters.

Relevant sub-targets: 13.3

Techem sees it as its task to create awareness in society for the careful use of resources and thus to avoid CO₂e emissions. On the one hand, we contribute to the proper use of heat and hot water through public relations work. On the other hand, tenants receive transparency on consumption during the year – combined with the offer of additional consumption information during the year. We also sensitize our employees to climate-friendly behavior.

Our fields of action and sustainability program

We bundle our sustainability activities into three priority areas: “For the Climate and the Environment,” “For the Individual and the Community,” and “For Ethical Business Behavior.” The seven Techem fields of action are assigned to them. Together they form the framework for our sustainability program.

This program brings together all the goals that Techem has set itself as part of a strategy process based on a materiality analysis. Key objectives have been achieved since the 2020 Sustainability Report.

All information on the fields of action, measures, targets and KPIs can be found in the Sustainability Report.


With our decarbonization plan, we intend to reduce our total CO2e emissions by at least 42 percent by 2030 and achieve a long-term emissions reduction of at least 90 percent by 2045. To achieve this, Techem has committed itself to overarching measures:

  • Conversion of the existing building portfolio to hybrid heating systems consisting of heat pumps and gas-fired peak-load boilers.
  • Emission-free growth in new construction
  • Conversion to green electricity for customers
  • Circular design for Techem appliances
  • Zero-emission mobility, green power for our own use and zero-emission heat in Techem buildings          

By involving many internal stakeholders, Techem Germany has addressed diversity and inclusion in the company and initiated steps on greater diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities.

  1. Survey among employees
  2. Supplementary in-depth interviews
  3. Analysis of results
  4. Development of a diversity roadmap
  5. Implementation    

We take environmental and social criteria into account when choosing our suppliers and require them to comply with our Code of Conduct. To implement the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG), we will expand our quality audits of suppliers to include specific sustainability audits in the future – based on the results of our risk analysis. We are thus advancing Germany’s Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG) and going beyond the legal requirements in some areas.