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2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

CO2 emissions

Carbon intensity ESG KPI Deutsche Telekom Group

The Carbon Intensity ESG KPI img was a new addition to the reporting this year. In contrast to the existing CO2 Emissions ESG KPI, the new ESG KPI shows the CO2 emissions in proportion to the transmitted data volumes. Using data volume as a reference parameter makes it possible to create a direct link to the performance of our networks. The KPI is reported for DT Group EU and T-Mobile US.

Carbon intensity ESG KPI Deutsche Telekom Group

  Data assured by PwC. For detailed assurance comments see "DT Group in Germany".

The ESG KPI figure also takes into account total CO2 emissions for all energy sources – fuel, gas, district heating and electricity, The data volume is composed of the transmitted IP img data volumes (including Voice over IP, Internet, IP-TV). 

Reporting against standards

The Carbon Intensity ESG KPI img is relevant for the GRI indicator GRI 305-4 (Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity). This information is relevant for EFFAS KPI E02-01 (Greenhouse gas emissions Scope 1-3). It is furthermore relevant for criterion 13 (Climate-relevant emissions and objectives) of the German Sustainability Codex. It is also used for reporting on the Global Compact principles 7 (Precautionary approach) and 8 (Promoting environmental responsibility).

Carbon intensity ESG KPI DT Group in Germany

The Carbon Intensity ESG KPI img was a new addition to the reporting this year. In contrast to the existing CO2 Emissions ESG KPI, the new ESG KPI shows the CO2 emissions in proportion to the transmitted data volumes. Using data volume as a reference parameter makes it possible to create a direct link to the performance of our networks.

Carbon intensity ESG KPI DT Group in Germany

  Data assured by PwC. Data is partly based on estimates, assumptions and extrapolations. The calculation method was adjusted in 2017. Values cannot be directly compared to the previous year.

The ESG KPI figure also takes into account total CO2 emissions for all energy sources – fuel, gas, district heating and electricity, The data volume is composed of the transmitted IP img data volumes (including Voice over IP, Internet, IP-TV). 

Reporting against standards

The Carbon Intensity ESG KPI img is relevant for the GRI indicator GRI 305-4 (Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity). This information is relevant for EFFAS KPI E02-01 (Greenhouse gas emissions Scope 1-3). It is furthermore relevant for criterion 13 (Climate-relevant emissions and objectives) of the German Sustainability Codex. It is also used for reporting on the Global Compact principles 7 (Precautionary approach) and 8 (Promoting environmental responsibility).

Total CO2e emissions (Scope 1 - 3)

Since the CR report 2016 we provide the first general overview of all CO2 emissions by Deutsche Telekom (Scope 1-3). To ease comparisons with the shown Scope 3 emissions img presented in CO2 equivalents img, the Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions img were converted into metric kilotons of CO2 equivalents. Emissions are presented along Deutsche Telekom's supply chain. This allows for an overview of where most of the emissions are produced.

CO2e-Emissionen (Scope 1-3)

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  • 48%
  • 1%
  • 16%
  • 35%
  • Emissions from upstream activities

    Scope 3

    9.418 kt CO2e

    Transportation services, purchased products and services, capital goods, production waste, upstream energy and fuel supply chains, business travel, and employee commuting.

    Emissions from Deutsche Telekom's own activities

    Scope 1

    284 kt CO2e
    Operating the systems, buildings, and vehicles belonging to Deutsche Telekom.
    Emissions from purchased energy

    Scope 2

    3.114 kt CO2e
    Generation of district electricity and heating purchased by Deutsche Telekom.
    Emissions from downstream activities

    Scope 3

    6.889 kt CO2e
    Transportation of products sold to customers, use of sold and rented products and disposal and recycling of sold products.
Please click on the percent values for further information.

Reporting against standards

By measuring progress based on our CO2 Emissions ESG img  KPI img , 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 GRI 305-1 (Direct GHG emissions), GRI 305-2  (Energy indirect GHG emissions) and GRI 305-3 (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).

Total CO2 emissions (Scope 1 & 2)

Our CO2 emissions are largely driven by our electricity consumption. That's why the table below contains very detailed information about the Group numbers for the Scope 2 emissions img resulting from our electricity consumption.  We differentiate between the established market-based and location-based methods, thereby adhering to the GHG Protocol img Scope 2 Guidance. 

The market-based method is the leading method in the CR report starting this reporting year. This method is used to calculate emissions with a specific emissions factor (provider factor) per DT company. This factor depends on a company's actual energy procurement (electricity mix); procuring renewable energy (direct purchase, certificates) reduces emissions. a)

In contrast to the market-based method, with the location-based method the emissions factors for the respective country are used (the country mix factor of the International Energy Agency (IEA). A company's actual energy procurement (electricity mix) is hence not taken into account, so neither is the procurement of renewable energy.

For reasons of continuity, we also report the emissions calculated with the previous method. This means that - just like with the location-based method - the IEA factors were used, but that emission reductions from the procurement of renewables (direct purchase, certificates) were also taken into account.

Change compared to last year: The Scope 2 emissions calculated according to the market-based method are about 30% less compared to last year. The decline is primarily due to more favorable supplier factors, the direct purchase of renewables from our national companies in Croatia, the Netherlands and the U.K., and the in part additional recognition of energy certificates (RECS img, GOO, PPA) b) at our national companies in Greece, Hungary Germany, Austria as well as in Poland and Slovakia.

Reporting against standards

By reporting our direct and indirect CO2 emissions (Scope 1 & 2) in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, we fully cover the GRI 305-1 (Direct GHG emissions) and GRI 305-2 (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).    

Total CO2 emissions (Scope 3) Deutsche Telekom in Europe*

The majority of our total emissions can be classified as Scope 3 emissions img. This includes emissions generated along the value chain ‘upstream’ by the supply chain, business trips, commuting or ‘downstream’ by the use of products and services through customers. The chart shows Scope 3 emissions from 2015 - 2017, clustered by emission source. In 2017, upstream emission represented approximately 43% of Scope 3 emissions whereas downstream emissions accounted for about 57%. The basic data used to calculate Scope 3 emissions is covered in the benchmarking tool. You will find more information on recording Scope 3 emissions along the value chain here.

Reporting against standards

By reporting this data, we fully cover the GRI 305-3 (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).