CO2 emissions

ESG KPI „CO2 Emissions“

The CO2 Emissions ESG  KPI  indicates the development of absolute as well as relative emissions compared to the base year 2008. The comparative value from the base year is 3,118,353 metric tons of CO2. The CO2 Emissions ESG  KPI  recorded a slight year-on-year decrease of 1.8 percentage points. Since our CO2 emissions are largely driven by electricity consumption, the year-on-year development is the result of the effects described under the Energy Consumption ESG  KPI . The ratio between actual emissions and our climate target base year 2008 also improved as a result of extending the scope for the CO2 Emissions ESG  KPI  to include 10 more international T-Systems local business units (LBUs). For detailed comments on the figures for each individual company, please refer to the interactive benchmarking tool.

We extensively reviewed the ESG  KPIs in terms of relevance for management practices and updated some of them. We adjusted the CO2 Emissions ESG  KPI  to our international climate protection target. We expanded the KPI  to include all Group entities that participate in helping us realize our climate protection target. The extended scope affects the current volume of CO2 emissions as well as the figure recorded in 2008, on which our climate protection target is based.

We calculated our CO2 emission values based on different energy and fuel consumption data. Calculation complied with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol and was based on emission factors set forth by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and/or the GHG Protocol calculation tools. The total value reflects direct (Scope 1) and indirect (Scope 2) emissions.

Since our CO2 emissions are largely driven by our power consumption, the resulting positive trend is similar to the development described for the Energy Consumption ESG  KPI . We will also strive to achieve a slight reduction in our CO2 Emissions ESG  KPI  for the years 2015 and 2016. Our expectation for the Group units participating in the climate protection target is that, in 2020, CO2 emissions will lie 20 percent below the rate of the base year 2008 (excluding T-Mobile USA). The CO2 Emissions ESG  KPI  figure will, however, also include emission figures for T-Mobile US. Since strong business growth will continue to drive power demand in the foreseeable future, the KPI  will only improve slightly in the period up to the year 2016.

By measuring progress based on our CO2 Emissions ESG  KPI , we report our CO2 emissions in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol together with our self-defined CO2 reduction goal, thereby complying with criterion 13 of the German Sustainability Code (Greenhouse gas emissions). By reporting this data, we fully cover the G4-EN15 (Direct GHG emissions), G4-EN16 (Energy indirect GHG emissions) and G4-EN17 (Other indirect GHG emissions) GRI indicators and partially cover the E02-01 (Scope 1-3 greenhouse gas emissions) EFFAS indicator. This data is also relevant for criteria 7 (Rules and processes), 11 and 12 (Usage of natural resources) and 13 (Greenhouse gas emissions) of the German Sustainability Code. It is also used for reporting on the Global Compact  principles 7 (Precautionary approach) and 8 (Promoting environmental responsibility).

Because the majority our CO2 emissions are generated by electricity consumption, the slight year-on-year increase in our emissions of around 1 percent can be primarily attributed to the inclusion of additional national companies in our reporting processes. Emissions would have decreased by around 3 percent without inclusion of these companies. This decrease can primarily be attributed to reduction in electricity consumption and associated emissions at Makedonski Telekom, T-HT Hrvatski Telekom and T-Systems UK. For detailed comments on the figures for each individual company, please refer to the interactive benchmarking tool.

We took reductions in emissions resulting from purchasing certificates for renewable energy into account when calculating our emissions. Certificates were purchased for the following national companies: T-Mobile Netherlands, Magyar Telekom Hungary, OTE, Cosmote Greece, T-Mobile Polska and Slovak Telekom. The emissions value for 2013 was corrected compared to the information published in the previous year's report. Please see the comments on the national companies for details.

By reporting our direct and indirect CO2 emissions (Scope 1 & 2) in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, we fully cover the G4-EN15 (Direct GHG emissions) and G4-EN16 (Energy indirect GHG emissions) and partially cover the E02-01 (Total Scope 1-3 greenhouse gas emissions) EFFAS indicator. This data is also relevant for criteria 11 and 12 (Usage of natural resources) and 13 (GHG emissions) of the German Sustainability Code. It is also used for reporting on the Global Compact  principles 7 (Precautionary approach) and 8 (Promoting environmental responsibility).

The Deutsche Telekom Group was able to significantly reduce Scope 3 emissions  in Germany during the reporting period. This can particularly be attributed to reduced emissions from flights. Reducing Scope 3 emissions  is part of Deutsche Telekom's climate protection strategy which aims to systematically minimize all CO2 emissions (Scope 1-3).

 
 

By reporting this data, we fully cover the G4-EN17 (Other indirect GHG emissions) and the E02-01 (Total Scope 1-3 greenhouse gas emissions) EFFAS indicator. This data is also relevant for criteria 11 and 12 (Usage of natural resources) and 13 (GHG emissions) of the German Sustainability Code. It is also used for reporting on the Global Compact  principles 7 (Precautionary approach) and 8 (Promoting environmental responsibility).