With around 26,300 vehicles in Germany alone, our corporate fleet is one of the largest in Europe. Our fleet's carbon footprint reflects approx. 12 percent of our direct and indirect emissions (Scope 1 and 2 according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol) in Germany. That is why we encourage our employees to take a climate-friendly approach to mobility. We also focus on alternative and fuel-efficient engines - which of course must also be financially viable - when purchasing new company cars and service vehicles.
We plan to keep average CO2 emissions levels of all of the new company cars and service vehicles we purchase below 110 g CO2/km by the end of 2015. Compared to the EU requirement of 120 g CO2/km, which we had already achieved in 2012, we are clearly pursuing an ambitious goal. We came another step closer to our goal during the reporting period with our average dropping from 118 g CO2/km (2013) to 115 g CO2/km in 2014. Our internal mobility service provider, Telekom MobilitySolutions, is responsible for achieving this goal.
In order to tap the full potential of climate-friendly fleet management Telekom MobilitySolutions pursues a strategy based on the following three pillars:
- Rightsizing: selecting appropriately sized, energy-efficient, low-emissions cars. Through the introduction of our Green Car Policy as well as incentives for drivers to select smaller, more fuel-efficient cars, we continue to advance our fleet.
- Economizing: encouraging a fuel-efficient, low-emissions driving style with driver training courses
- Substituting: piloting and testing alternative mobility concepts.
We intend to further reduce our fleet's carbon footprint by purchasing vehicles with alternative engines and fuel systems. We have been turning to natural gas and electric vehicles for some time now to help us achieve this goal. In the medium term, we will keep tabs on developments in electric mobility and test out innovations.
Natural gas-powered vehicles still in testing phase
We still feel that low-emissions natural gas drives are the right approach toward effective green mobility. This technology is an effective aid in reducing pollution and the carbon footprint, particularly when renewable resources are used, e.g., natural gas obtained from residual materials and waste. However, long-range use of natural gas vehicles is still very limited due to an insufficient number of natural gas filling stations and sustainable natural gas options. We find the limited offer of suitable vehicles available from manufacturers particularly restrictive. Despite this, we continue to offer natural-gas powered cars to company car users and to do so at especially favorable terms and conditions. For example, employees choosing natural-gas powered company cars can benefit from funds from our Green Car Policy penalty budget.
We also encourage our employees to actively protect the climate by offering them discount season tickets for local and regional public transportation.
On the go and green
We offer our employees driver training courses to teach them how to drive safely in a way that conserves resources. A total of 111 of these training courses were conducted in 2014. They were attended by a total of 1,800 participants, roughly 300 of whom were trainees. The majority of the driver training courses featured combined driver safety and green driving training. Until June 2015, we are also offering our employees 5,500 subsidized spots in the ADAC basic driver training in collaboration with the Unfallkasse Post und Telekom accident insurance fund. The main objective of the campaign is to keep Telekom employees healthy and safe by teaching them how to avoid accidents using defensive driving techniques.
We also assume responsibility for the carbon footprint left behind by employee business trips. We offer different shuttle services as an alternative to driving one's own car, including shuttles to the Cologne/Bonn airport and the Siegburg ICE train station. Roughly 110,000 passengers used this service in 2014. Employees can use an app or the intranet to book a seat. In early April 2014, we set up the service to run between Darmstadt and Bonn and Frankfurt and Bonn.
Testing the performance of electric cars
We continue to encounter hurdles when it comes to extensive use of electric cars. Limited range, insufficient charging infrastructure and high costs make these cars unattractive in many usage scenarios. To date, our electric car projects have only been possible because the charging stations at Telekom locations have been set up with the help of project partners. We participate intensively in selected electric mobility pilot projects to test the medium-term potential of electric mobility:
- Two new-generation electric rental cars have been available for business trips since December 2014. Funds from the Green Car Policy penalty budget were used to purchase a BMW i3 and a VW eGolf to replace our two older Smart electric drives.
- We have been participating in an e-mobility funding project ("Wirtschaft am Strom") in Hamburg together with Deutsche Telekom Technischer Service since April 2014. In this project, we are using seven Renault Zoe and three Smart ed models as service vehicles.
- In spring 2014 we added a Tesla electric car to our vehicle fleet for Board of Management members as a chauffeured vehicle for trips in the Cologne/Bonn area and to Darmstadt. Charging stations for the car were set up on-site.
- A few selected hybrid cars have become available in our company car segment since summer 2014. The offer only applies to the upper vehicle classes as the high costs involved exceed the defined budgets in the other categories. We have also begun offering electric cars as company cars for the first time in selected regions.
Climate-friendly substitute for cars
We continue to expand our bicycle offer for employees as a healthy, green mobility solution. Bicycle pools featured a total of 167 bikes at 31 locations during the reporting period. We are planning to purchase an additional 93 bicycles for a total of 16 locations in eight cities in 2015.
Employees from our Bonn offices tested 15 e-bikes as part of a pilot project that was successfully completed in 2014. The project was well-received and we are currently planning to expand it to a number of different locations.