Climate-friendly mobility.

  • CO2 emissions reduced: New company cars emit an average of 131 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
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  • 7,600 employees trained in eco-driving courses.
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  • 23,700 employees use discount season tickets to commute to work.
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With around 30,000 cars and service vehicles in Germany alone, our company fleet is one of the largest in Europe. Our fleet's carbon footprint reflects approx. 10 percent of our direct and indirect emissions (Scope 1 and 2 according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol) in Germany. By working toward a more sustainable mobility approach and lower emissions, we are taking important steps toward achieving our climate protection targets.

Telekom pursues a three-pillar approach in developing a climate-friendly vehicle fleet:

  • Rightsize: By choosing state-of-the-art, efficient vehicles, we are working toward making our fleet more environmentally friendly. Telekom's mobility services provider, DeTeFleetServices, has always explicitly selected low-emission models for our service vehicles. Greater emphasis is now also being placed on this aspect for company cars. Our new Green Car Policy  is paving the way.
  • Economize: Our employees who use company cars learn how to drive as efficiently as possible in special driving courses.
  • Substitute: By testing different mobility concepts, we are promoting the use of low-emission, alternative drive systems.
CO2 emissions down to 131 g/km in new cars.

We were able to make further progress toward establishing a sustainable fleet [link to KPIs > Environmental indicators> Mobility] during the reporting period due to our strict Green Car Policy . The average CO2 emissions of our new company cars decreased from 136 g/km in 2010 to 131 g/km (based on manufacturers' standard mileage information). If we include service vehicles in this calculation, the average CO2 emissions of all new vehicles were down to 125 g/km.

For 2012, our target with new cars is an average emission level of 121 g/km.

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On April 1, 2010, Telekom Deutschland introduced its new Green Car Policy  for company cars and revised its previous car procurement strategy to include environmental aspects. The policy sets forth a CO2-based selection procedure when purchasing new company cars. These include vehicles provided by Telekom to employees on account of their position or function that can also be used privately.

The intention is to reduce standard emission levels of all new fleet vehicles to an average of 110 g/km by 2015, an objective that is also supported by purchasing energy-efficient service vehicles. This corresponds to an average consumption of 4.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers. This fuel consumption rate will put us well within the EU climate protection target limit of 120 g/km for new cars applicable from 2015. Even today, DeTeFleetServices only provides cars with a maximum CO2 emission level of 190 g/km.

Bonus/penalty program for company cars adjusted.

We introduced a bonus/penalty program on April 1, 2010 as part of the Green Car Policy  in order to motivate employees to choose low-emission cars. Employees share the costs of both increased mobility and greater strain on the environment in the form of a penalty if they choose a car with a high CO2 emission level. Users who choose a low-emission car receive a bonus in relation to the savings in fuel costs. In the reporting period we increased our bonus/penalty amounts for company cars by 10 (bonus) and 20 (penalty) cents per gram of CO2 because of rising fuel costs.

Proceeds go to environmental organizations.
In 2011, our employees who chose high-emission cars made penalty payments in the amount of EUR 300,000. This amount was donated to nine environmental organizations. Deutsche Telekom employees were invited to decide how much money would be given to which organization. More than 4,000 employees participated in an internal vote and decided to give EUR 45,000 to One Earth – One Ocean e. V., which was the highest donation amount given to an individual organization. One Earth - One Ocean develops technological solutions for cleaning up plastic waste in oceans. The organization Naturparadies Grünhaus came in second place (EUR 42,500) and CO2-freie Schule third (EUR 40,000).

Telekom fleet TÜV-approved.

The Telekom fleet in Germany received the Bluefleet certification from the technical inspection agency TÜV Rheinland for their low-emission fleet at the end of 2010. This certification is based on TÜV Rheinland's GRPD BLUEFLEET® standard and the company's CO2 reductions of 1.9 kilotons in 2010. Due to the fleet's decreasing CO2 reductions, Telekom expects to receive TÜV Rheinland's certification for 2011 as well.


Fig: TÜV Rheinland's Blue Fleet logo

CR Report from the previous year

Critical assessment by Deutsche Umwelthilfe.

The German environmental organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) checked the CO2 emissions of different vehicle fleets in Germany and presented them with a red, yellow or green card in 2011. Together with nine other companies, Deutsche Telekom was presented with a yellow card despite its exceptional car fleet. According to DUH, this assessment was due to Telekom's recognizable but still insufficient efforts to protect the environment. The high emissions produced by the company cars used by Telekom Board members, which in some cases clearly exceed 230 g/km, are inconsistent with a low-emission fleet. Company cars for Board members have gradually been replaced with more efficient cars that boast an average of 183 g/km, which is below the company emissions cap.

7,600 employees receive driver training.

The eco-drive program, a training course designed to teach participants to adopt a more efficient and safe driving style, was extended significantly in coordination with the Group units in Germany. A total of 7,600 users of company and service cars from Deutsche Telekom Technik, the Technical Service and T-Systems International participated in the program. We were able to exceed our original goal of 6,000 participants by more than 25 percent.

We will continue to offer the eco-drive program. The training program is an important and effective tool to reduce our fleet's fuel consumption and a significant contribution by DeTeFleetServices to achieving Telekom's climate protection objectives.

Using alternative drive systems.

The number of DeTeFleetServices' vehicles powered by natural gas has been significantly reduced over the last few years because manufacturers have not been offering suitable cars. Telekom still uses 150 natural gas-powered cars, which emit less CO2 and other pollutants than other vehicles.

We have also been testing the use of alternative drives for years. We advanced various projects and explored new opportunities during the reporting period.

  • Since spring 2011, we have been conducting a test run with two electric cars from Renault. We will be collecting and evaluating the results at least until mid-2012. Based on our current knowledge, electric cars can only be used to a limited extent as service vehicles. User feedback has been positive if the driving distance per day did not exceed 100 kilometers and if they were able to charge them during the night.
  • Deutsche Telekom has been supporting the e-Mobility-Berlin project, which is one of the most extensive field tests with electric cars worldwide, since 2010. In this project, DeTeFleetServices and other Group units have been testing the use of four electric Smart cars.
  • Since September 2010, our employees at Group headquarters in Bonn have been able to rent two electric Smart cars for short periods of time. In 2011, we added an electric car by Volkswagen in Berlin as a test car.
Green business trips.

We are trying to make employee business trips within Germany as green as possible in cooperation with Deutsche Bahn. In February 2010, we signed an agreement with Deutsche Bahn AG to eliminate the carbon footprint caused by employees traveling by train.

In January 2011, we introduced a flight ban for trips between Frankfurt and Munich. Exceptions to this ban are only made under special circumstances. With this and other restrictive measures, we were able to reduce the number of flights on this route by 93.5 percent. The CO2 emissions associated with such trips in 2011 decreased from 735 (extrapolated) to 48 metric tons.

23,700 employees choose a climate-friendly way to commute.

Some 23,700 employees in Germany used a discount season ticket to get to work in 2011. The number of users increased by 500 compared to the previous year.

A regional season ticket offer is available at all Telekom offices located in large conurbations in Germany. We signed new contracts with regional public transportation providers in 2011. These new contracts make it possible for employees in three additional cities—Aachen, Magdeburg and Chemnitz—to get discount season tickets. Some 155 employees took advantage of the new offers in 2011.

We are planning to introduce discount season tickets in the German cities of Hamm, Erfurt, Trier and Kassel as well. As of 2012, we are also planning to compensate for CO2 emissions generated by our employees' use of public transportation with emissions certificates.

CR Report from the previous year

Award for discount season tickets.
Deutsche Telekom received an award from the "Aachener Initiative für saubere Luft" (Aachen clean air initiative) for its commitment to low-emissions mobility in 2011. The jury was particularly impressed by the introduction of the discount season ticket for employees from the Telekom and T-Systems branch offices in Aachen. The mayor of Aachen, Marcel Philipp, presented the certificate on November 22.

The city presents the award each year in collaboration with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Aachen chamber of trade (Handwerkskammer Aachen) and the trade association Einzelhandels- und Dienstleistungsverband Aachen-Düren e.V.

GPS guidance system saves over 90,000 liters of fuel.

After a three-month installation phase, 300 Slovak Telekom company cars have been connected to a GPS  monitoring system since April 2011. The intelligent route planning and control enabled by this system should decrease fuel consumption by 10 percent, thereby saving some 50,000 liters of fuel per year. Slovak Telekom also participated in the European Mobility Week in September 2011.The company introduced an internal tool for using carpools and called on all employees to carpool or use public transport. A total of 400 employees participated in the initiative.

The subsidiaries in FYRO Macedonia, Makedonski Telekom and T-Mobile Macedonia, also installed GPS  systems in 380 cars in company fleets during the reporting period. That enabled the companies to save 41,500 liters of fuel compared to the previous year. The companies also provided their employees with information on fuel-saving driving practices, which are also included in the user guidelines.

Efficient fleet management at Greek subsidiary OTE.

The Greek subsidiary OTE developed and piloted a real-time guidance system for driving routes in 2010. The system should be fully operational by 2012 and is part of a program to significantly reduce transport-related emissions. The Fleet Management department has been ISO 14001  certified since 2007.

Electric cars at several international subsidiaries.

PTC was the first telecommunications company in Poland to include three electric cars into its vehicle fleet in August 2011. They are used by employees for service calls in Warsaw. A charging station was installed at the entrance to the corporate headquarters.

The Hungarian subsidiary Magyar Telekom also integrated two electric cars into its fleet in 2011. The cars have been in operation since January 2012, one in the technical customer service area and the other as a "key car" for employees. Besides a five percent reduction of fuel consumption, the Sustainability Strategy for the 2011-2015 period defines two basic objectives: by the end of 2015, the average CO2 emission of the vehicles must not exceed 157.7 g/km, and the ratio of hybrid and electronic cars among all vehicles of personal use should be increased to 20 percent. In order to promote the achievement of the above objectives, in July 2011 Magyar Telekom issued a new group directive on benefit cars and subsidizes the procurement of hybrid benefit cars by a special allocated budget and has elaborated a system of incentives (bonus-malus) aimed at encouraging people to opt for low-CO2 cars.

The subsidiary Globul in Bulgaria launched a pilot project to promote sustainable mobility by purchasing an electric car in April 2011. As one of the first electric cars in the country it has already been presented at several green transport forums. In a profitability calculation Globul also describes the conditions under which switching the majority of the company fleet over to electric cars would pay off financially.

Successful bicycle campaign in the Czech Republic and Croatia.

T-Mobile Czech Republic conducted a campaign in 2011 to motivate its employees to ride their bikes to work. During the one-month campaign period, the 36 participants logged over 9,440 kilometers on their bikes, saving 1,038 kg of CO2 on their commutes.

T-HT Hrvatski Telekom conducted an internal communication campaign from March through September 2011. The theme was environmentally-friendly mobility, e.g., riding a bike to work. The company also offered discounts on bikes and accessories at different sporting goods stores. Many employees took advantage of these offers.

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