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2015 Corporate Responsibility Report

Energy

Energy Consumption ESG KPIa)

Deutsche Telekom measures the Energy Consumption ESG KPI img as the Monetary Power Efficiency Index (MPEI img) in which developments in energy consumption (in thousands of MWh) are indicated in relation to revenues (in billions of euros). The figure for the Energy Consumption ESG KPI img decreased in the reporting year compared with 2014, a positive trend that is even stronger than anticipated. As revenues increased, electricity consumption throughout the Group remained stable, and actually fell slightly in Germany, in 2015. In view of the lightning rise in worldwide data traffic and the continuing network build-out, this stable trend is a success and has only been possible due to the progress we have made in energy efficiency. For the years 2016 and 2017, we anticipate a positive trend, namely that our Energy Consumption ESG KPI will decrease over the next two years. This trend is based on the ratio between the slight savings in power consumption and increasing revenues. We expect the reductions in power consumption in particular as a result of our network migration to IP img technology in Germany, improved network utilization in general, and the consolidation of T-Systems data centers in various countries. These savings are expected to be partly counterbalanced by the expansion of T-Mobile US and the accompanying rise in power consumption.

Reporting against standards

By reporting our electricity consumption in relation to our revenues for the reporting period, we fully cover the G4-EN5 (Energy intensity) and the E01-02 (Energy consumption, specific) EFFAS indicator and we partially cover the E01-01 (Energy consumption, total) EFFAS indicator. This data is also relevant for criteria 7 (Rules and processes), 11 and 12 (Usage of natural resources) of the German Sustainability Code. It is also used for reporting on the Global Compact  principles 7 (Precautionary approach) and 8 (Promoting environmental responsibility).

Total energy consumption decreased slightly by approx. 3 percent year over year. While energy consumption increased at T-Mobile Czech Republic, T-Systems Iberia and T-Systems North America, Deutsche Telekom in Germany achieved a considerable decrease. For detailed comments on the figures for each individual company, please refer to the interactive benchmarking tool.

Data verified by PwC. For detailed audit comments see "DT Group in Germany" and "T-Mobile USA".

You will find more information on our climate protection measures here.

Reporting against standards

By reporting our energy consumption from primary energy sources, we partially cover the G4-EN3 (Energy consumption within the organization) GRI indicator and the E01-01 (Energy consumption, total) EFFAS indicator. By reporting fleet energy consumption, we also partially cover the EN 29 (Environmental impact of transportation) GRI indicator. This data is also relevant for criterion 11 of the German Sustainability Code (Usage of natural resources). It is also used for reporting on the Global Compact  principles 7 (Precautionary approach) and 8 (Promoting environmental responsibility).

We are committed to increasing our reliance on renewable energy throughout the Group. To this end all European national companies can also purchase renewable energy certificates if needed, a practice already in place in the Netherlands and Greece. Compensation certificates were also purchased in 2015 to make our national companies in Hungary and Austria climate-neutral. Data on renewable energy is being reported here on a Group-wide scale for the first time.

The data regarding the share of renewable energy in the electricity mix indicates the average mix in the relevant country from public sources (Eurostat/Global Status Report, IEA Report, etc.) as at May 2015.

Deutsche Telekom was able to reduce the emissions generated by its electricity consumption to zero from 2008 to 2012 by purchasing RECS img certificates (Renewable Energy Certificate System). However, we feel that these certificates have not had as positive an impact on the environment as we had hoped. Demand for certificates was generally limited. As a result, RECS certificates do not make a noticeable contribution to encouraging the expansion of renewable energy sources. That is why we feel it makes more sense both in terms of ecological and economic aspects to invest in reducing our energy consumption and increasing our energy efficiency than to purchase RECS certificates.

Reporting against standards

By providing this information, we fully cover the E16-05 (Alternative energy consumption) EFFAS indicator. This data is also relevant for criteria 3 (Strategic analysis, strategy and goals), 11 and 12 (Usage of natural resources) of the German Sustainability Code. It is also used for reporting on the Global Compact  principles 7 (Precautionary approach) and 8 (Promoting environmental responsibility).

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