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Our approach for more renewable energy

Our contribution to the SDGs

 

Renewable energies are an important element in avoiding greenhouse gases: By 2021, we want to obtain all of our electricity from renewable energies. To do that, we are sourcing more green electricity directly, acquiring corresponding guarantees of origin, or concluding power purchase agreements (PPAs), as is the case in the United States. Whenever possible and practicable, we invest in our own power plants – for instance in the construction of cogeneration plants and the installation of photovoltaic systems.

We have been recording the “Renewable Energy” ESG KPI since 2016. In addition, we have developed parameters that apply Group-wide and let us assess electricity procurement at our national companies in terms of sustainability aspects in order to further increase the share of electricity from renewable sources in the future.

Since 2019, we have also been testing alternatives for a climate-neutral power supply for mobile masts using fuel cells. They are economical, silent, low-maintenance, and, thanks to the use of bio-methanol, they are one thing in particular: carbon neutral.

Renewable energy ESG KPI KPI

The Renewables ESG img KPI  is calculated based on the share of renewable energy in the total electricity consumption. We are committed to increasing our reliance on renewable energy throughout the Group. The new climate protection target includes obtaining 100 percent of energy requirements from renewable sources. To this end, all national companies can purchase renewable energy directly as well as through certificates (guarantees of origin for electricity from renewable sources)  if needed.

In 2019, Deutsche Telekom obtained 64 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. 

The average share of electricity from renewable sources in the country mix across all countries where Deutsche Telekom is active was 31 percent. This was based on the supplier-specific electricity mix, the residual mix or the average country mix according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, depending on the statistics available. The residual mix uses country-related residual factors (based on the RE-DISS project of the European Commission, which assessed the national share of renewables following subtraction of declared quantities of electricity). The share of renewable energy in the residual mix is typically lower than the share in the country mix. For Germany, the EEG surcharge paid is taken into account when calculating the share of renewable energy.

The share of electricity obtained from renewable sources based on the country mix amounted to 24 percent (“remaining” country mix). b)

Share of renewable energy in the total electricity consumption (in %)

Renewable energy in the group KPI

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.

 

Renewable energy in the national companies KPI

Our contribution to the SDGs

Group-wide, we have set ourselves the goal of using electricity from renewable energy sources alone from 2021. In the reporting period, the share of renewable energy at our national companies was an average of almost 30 percentage points above the respective country mix*. To achieve this, the national companies can also consider acquiring certificates (guarantees of origin) and concluding power purchase agreements (PPAs) for electricity obtained from renewable energy.

Our national companies in Greece (OTE), Croatia, the Netherlands, Austria, and Hungary are already pioneers in this field and cover 100 percent of their electricity needs with renewable energies. Due to the EEG levy, 50 percent of the electricity purchased in Germany already consists of renewable energies. As a result of the current market situation, the rest will be covered by the purchase of guarantees of origin. T-Mobile US is planning on procuring its electricity entirely from renewables by 2021 – predominantly from wind power. In order to achieve these targets, T-Mobile US has concluded long-term agreements (12-15 years) with wind and solar park operators. That gives the power producers security of investment. As a result, in the United States, two new wind farms have already been set up and a further wind farm and four solar parks are to follow by 2021.

We have been reporting on the Renewable Energy ESG KPI img since 2016. It is calculated based on the share of renewable energy in total electricity consumption, and is compared here to the share of renewable energy in the national energy mix (country mix) for all national companies.

 

* In the calculation of the share of renewable energy in electricity procurement, the provider mix, the residual mix, or the country mix is used as available, according to the IEA factor (in this order). The share of renewable energy in the residual mix is typically lower than the share in the country mix. For Germany, the EEG surcharge paid is taken into account when calculating the share of renewable energy.

Andreas Kröhling

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