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  • 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report

Scope 3 emissions - a building block for a new climate target

Indirect emissions along our value chain, or Scope 3 emissions img, make up the majority of our total emissions. For climate protection to be credible, these emissions must be recorded so that targeted measures can be implemented at company and product level to reduce our carbon footprint.

CO2e-Emissionen (Scope 1-3)

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  • 52 %
  • 2 %
  • 12 %
  • 34 %
  • Emissions from upstream activities

    Scope 3

    8,776 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

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

    Scope 2

    2,077 kt CO2e
     
    Generation of district electricity and heating purchased by Deutsche Telekom.
    Emissions from downstream activities

    Scope 3

    5,695 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.

  Data assured by PwC. For detailed assurance comments see „DT Group in Germany“ and „T-Mobile USA“. Values for 2016 have been adjusted retrospectively.

We have been disclosing the Scope 3 emissions generated throughout the Group since 2016. In 2018, these emissions amounted to around 14.4 million metric tons of CO2e, which is roughly equivalent to the level recorded for the previous year. At around 5.7 million metric tons of CO2e, emissions in Germany were also at the same level as the previous year. The majority of emissions can be attributed to procurement (in particular of devices and network technology) and the use of our products and services (for sold or rented) fixed-line and cell phones, routers, and media receivers, and for products such as laptops or television sets that our customers use so they can make the most of our services. Of equal importance are the emissions resulting from the manufacture and transportation of technology for establishing our networks.

In 2018, we modified the method for calculating Scope 3 emissions. To ensure comparisons can be made with the previous year’s values, we have recalculated the data for 2017 using this method.

Overview of Scope 3 emissions (t CO2e)
National Company 20161) 20172) 2018 Annual comparison (2017/2018)

Germany (incl. T-Systems)

4,860,747

5,664,571

5,698,724

 

Hungary

 565,804

436,463

470,090

 

Croatia

 318,982

256,846

207,131

 

Slovakia

 263,246

215,655

190,230

 

Greece

 1,239,494

963,630

1,156,680

 

Romania

 498,445

403,794

312,653

 

Austria

 116,802

124,952

172,127

 

Czech Republic

 185,775

183,248

113,912

 

Netherlands

 190,656

184,267

204,051

 

Poland

 362,078

463,699

448,032

 

Albania

 only recorded since 2017 

3,416

7,366

 

Macedonia

 only recorded since 2017

93,757

95,048

 

Montenegro

 only recorded since 2017

30,112

34,900

 

United States

4,217,941

5,118,509

5,156,652

 

T-Systems (without Germany)

only recorded since 2017 

207,039

166,709

 
Total

12,819,969

14,349,959

14,435,047

 

1)Corrections for 2016 led to some changes being made compared to the previous year’s report.

2)The 2017 rise resulted from the national companies in Albania, Macedonia, and Montenegro, and T-Systems units being recorded for the first time, which contributed to the 27-percent increase of the Group value compared to 2016.

Due to the large proportion of emissions in our supply chain, we have a responsibility to reward our suppliers for eco-friendly activities and thus also to reduce our Scope 3 emissions. Since as early as 2016, we have been disclosing our activities to bring on board suppliers under the auspices of the supplier engagement rating of the CDP img (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). This rating assesses how well companies have been able to integrate the topic of climate protection into their supply chain. In 2018, we once again improved on the previous year and achieved an “A”, as we did in 2016. This has secured our place on the Supplier Engagement Leader Board. An important step in achieving this was calculating the supplier-specific emission intensities based on supplier responses to the CDP Supply Chain Program. This involves calculating the ratio between a supplier’s overall emissions (Scope 1 and 2 and Scope 3 from the upstream supply chain) in grams and the supplier’s overall sales. As we know the procurement volume attributable to a given supplier, we can also calculate our proportion of the supplier’s emissions based on emissions intensity. Our calculations do, however, depend on our suppliers providing complete and correct information.

Employee commuting
In the reporting year, we carried out a Group-wide survey on commuting and more than 71,000 employees took part. In the year under review, we recorded a reduction in emissions arising from commuter traffic, with levels dropping from 762,000 in 2017 to 538,000 metric tons of CO2e. A more detailed analysis and a comparison with other companies will help us in 2019 to understand how we can reduce these emissions in the future while taking into account the mobility needs of our workforce.

Andreas Kröhling

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