- Reducing average CO2 emissions to 110g CO2/km by the end of 2015
- Green Car Policy
- Using alternative drives
- Offering discount season tickets for commuters
- Fuel consumption
We achieved our goal of reducing the average CO2 emissions generated by all newly procured cars (company cars and service vehicles) to 110 g CO2/km by the end of 2015. These results come in below the EU requirements of 120 g CO2/km. Due to the lack of established alternative methods, we had to refer to the manufacturer standard CO2 values in our calculations. We are aware that this method has been widely criticized for some time now and are closely following public discussion of the issue.
In order to make our fleet management climate-friendly, Telekom MobilitySolutions pursues a strategy based on three pillars:
- Rightsizing: selecting appropriately sized, energy-efficient, low-emissions cars. By introducing our Green Car Policy we have also created incentives for drivers of company cars to select smaller, more efficient cars.
- Economizing: encouraging a fuel-efficient, low-emissions driving style with driver training courses
- Substituting: piloting and testing alternative mobility concepts.
We can further reduce our fleet's carbon footprint by purchasing vehicles with alternative drives and fuel systems. We have been turning to natural gas and electric vehicles for some time now to help us achieve this goal. Medium-term, we are especially planning to continue to keep tabs on developments in electric mobility and employ these effectively.
Natural gas vehicles
We 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. 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. The Green Car Policy penalty budget is partly used for this purpose.
We also encourage our commuting employees to actively protect the climate by enabling them to buy discount season tickets for local and regional public transportation.
The Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) environmental organization has awarded the Green Card to Deutsche Telekom's company car fleet. DUH surveyed 194 listed companies and SMEs for the study. The organization asked these companies about the average CO2 emissions produced by the company cars of the Chairman and members of the Board of Management and by the company car fleet as well as about the details of the mobility strategy. A total of only 12 companies received the Green Card for their credible climate awareness.
Deutsche Telekom served as an excellent example with its Green Car Policy and target of reducing standard emissions of new cars within the entire vehicle fleet to an average of 110 g CO2/km by 2015.
Since 2015 Deutsche Telekom has been offering its employees the chance to purchase a bicycle or e-bike as a green and healthy alternative using deferred compensation. With the support of Telekom MobilitySolutions, employees can lease a bicycle through their employer for three years. The monthly payments are subtracted from the employee's gross salary. The new offer has met with tremendous response right from the off. Several hundred employees are already taking advantage of the offer.
We provide shuttle service between different locations, e.g., to the Cologne/Bonn airport or the Siegburg ICE train station to reduce the carbon footprint of business trips. Roughly 117,000 passengers used this service in 2015. Employees can use an app or the intranet to book a seat.
Our employees can use bicycles available at eight major Deutsche Telekom locations to get to their business appointments within the city.
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 Deutsche 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 additional new-generation electric/plug-in hybrid rental cars have been available for business trips since November 2015. With proceeds from the Green Car Policy penalty budget, we purchased two additional cars to complement the two electric cars in our fleet (BMW i3 and VW eGolf): a Mercedes-Benz B Class Electric Drive and an Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid.
- 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 been 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.