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2022 Corporate Responsibility Report

Sustainability targets in remuneration


Our investments in the network build-out make us one of the biggest investors in the industry. In 2022, we invested around EUR 21 billion Group-wide, primarily in building and operating networks to meet the growing demand for faster, full-coverage data services. However, the network build-out cannot be allowed to lead to an increase in CO2 emissions and thus accelerate climate change. For this reason, we use energy from renewable sources to decouple CO2 emissions from energy consumption. In Europe, we have set ourselves the goal of doubling the energy efficiency of our networks by 2024. Above and beyond this, we want to further increase energy efficiency – for instance at our data centers – and thus reduce energy consumption in the medium term despite the expected rise in data consumption (2024 against 2020, excluding T‑Mobile US). The two non-financial performance indicators “energy consumption” and “CO2 emissions” (Scope 1 and 2) were incorporated into the variable component of our Board of Management’s remuneration in 2021, and in 2022 were also made relevant for our
executives (excluding T‑Mobile US).

In the United States, we are forging ahead with the highly intensive build-out of our 5G network, in particular in rural areas. This initially drives up power consumption. T‑Mobile US, like the Group as a whole, has covered 100 percent of its electricity requirements from renewable energy sources since 2021. There are strong fluctuations in T‑Mobile US’ carbon footprint owing to unforeseeable natural disasters and the associated temporary use of equipment such as diesel generators to restore and back up damaged network infrastructure. Consideration must be given to the special national situation in this key market, which is why the decision was taken, in respect of short-term variable remuneration in 2023, not to include T‑Mobile US in these two non-financial performance indicators. This step ensures that the right incentives are set for the Board of Management toward the sustainable development of the business, while safeguarding the stability of network operations at the same time. This applies equally to Board of Management managers and executives. The annual ambition for the performance indicators “energy consumption” and “CO2 emissions” will continue to be set, managed, and reported for the entire Group as before, including a target value for T‑Mobile US. In the reporting year, Group-wide energy consumption remained stable year-on-year at 13 253 GWh (prior year: 13 323 GWh). Due in particular to the Group-wide use of electricity from renewable energy sources, CO2 emissions (Scope 1 and 2) are at a low level and dropped further as a result of our measures to 233 kt CO2e (prior year: 247 kt CO2e). The values given for total energy consumption and Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions img are based in part on estimates, assumptions, and extrapolations, and, in part, on data provided by our external energy service providers.

Moreover, achievement of these ESG img KPIs has been embedded in the remuneration system for executives in Germany and Europe as well as for employees not covered by collective agreements in Germany since 2022.

Reporting against standards


Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

  • GRI 2-19 (General Disclosures)