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2022 Corporate Responsibility Report

Additional taxonomy activities (e-mobility)

The economic activity Infrastructure enabling low-carbon road transport and public transport (6.15) covers the construction, modernization, maintenance, and operation of such infrastructure. This also includes electric vehicle charging stations. This means that the business areas of our subsidiary Comfort Charge can be assigned to this taxonomy-eligible activity. As the Comfort Charge business is still under development, no material taxonomy-eligible turnover was generated for economic activity 6.15 in the 2022 financial year.

According to the technical screening criteria, electric vehicle charging stations alone make a substantial contribution to the environmental objective “Climate change mitigation.” The further regulations largely constitute elements of current EU legislation that we apply within our environmental management system. The charging infrastructure is constructed and maintained by service providers. It has not yet been possible to demonstrate that their activities comply with the circular economy criteria. We have therefore reported the Comfort Charge business as non-taxonomy-aligned for the reporting year. 

Deutsche Telekom has a vehicle fleet that includes both company cars and service vehicles. The economic activity Transport by motorbikes, passenger cars, and light commercial vehicles (6.5) is therefore relevant as a cross-cutting activity with a supporting function for our core business. 

As we are pushing forward with the transition to a fully electric fleet, especially in Germany and the EU, the majority of new vehicles purchased already meet the CO2 thresholds set in the EU taxonomy img. We were also able to provide evidence of the alignment of these vehicles with the other key EU taxonomy requirements, which are based on current EU legislation for new vehicles. As the choice of tires is left to the vehicle users themselves, we could not provide evidence of the taxonomy alignment of tires for the reporting year. We therefore report capital expenditure associated with our vehicle fleet as non-taxonomy-aligned.