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  • 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report

Mobility

Our strategy for climate-friendly mobility in Germany

Our contribution to the SDGs

Since 2008, we have been able to reduce CO2e emissions caused by our vehicle fleet by more than 40 percent or 74 kt CO2. Two factors were chiefly responsible for this: the increased use of CO2-optimized vehicles and reduced vehicle demand. Each year, our fleet shrinks by some 1,000 vehicles, as modern technologies allow us to make fewer service calls to our customers.

The transition to climate-friendly mobility requires not only environmentally friendly drive systems (such as electric/natural gas) but also intelligent connectivity of all existing and new forms of mobility – for instance, we want to combine company and public transport on one digital platform for employees commuting between home and work. The key terms here are “sharing” and “Mobility as a Service” (MaaS).

To achieve our goal, we are pursuing a three-pillar mobility strategy:

  • Improve: establish a more efficient and continuously sustainable fleet and integrate methods of micro-mobility (e.g., bicycles)
  • Connected fleet: link existing and new mobility services, and expand digital pooling and sharing solutions 
  • Innovate: build an “MaaS” platform for Deutsche Telekom employees and develop additional supporting products and services  

Last year, we were able to significantly increase the number of alternative drives. We started regular operation of electric and eco-friendly natural gas vehicles, or are about to do so, for various fleet segments. 

Through our involvement in a nationwide funding project sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), we will add further locations for electromobility in the next two years. We are working together on this with other units in the Group: ComfortCharge as the operator of the charging infrastructure, the Deutsche Telekom field service as a partner for installation and support, and Get Charge as charging current and billing service provider. 

Nevertheless, the high acquisition costs of electric vehicles compared with combustion vehicles and the required charging infrastructure significantly limit their use. Despite subsidies and lower fuel and maintenance costs, the vehicles are still substantially more expensive than diesel or gasoline-powered vehicles. Also, the available range of models is still smaller compared to models with conservative drives.

Number of vehicles KPI

The total number of vehicles at our company decreased year over year by around 1 percent.
For detailed comments on the figures for each individual company, please refer to the interactive benchmarking tool. You can read more about our Green Car Policy img, alternative engines and our goals for climate-friendly mobility here.

The total number of our vehicles with alternative drive systems has more than doubled compared to the previous year. When purchasing company and business vehicles, we continue to use alternative or low-consumption drive systems wherever economically feasible.

Reporting against standards

Logistics and transport are carried out by service providers at Deutsche Telekom. The environmental impacts of transportation are influenced by the contractual arrangements with service providers. This data is also relevant for criterion 11 (Usage of natural resources) of the German Sustainability Code.

Fuel consumption KPI

Overall fuel consumption fell by approximately 4 percent, and by 3 and 6 percent respectively for company cars and service vehicles. For detailed comments on the figures for each individual company, please refer to the interactive benchmarking tool.

 
You will find more information on Deutsche Telekom's climate friendly fleet management policies here.
 
Reporting against standards

Logistics and transport are carried out by service providers at Deutsche Telekom. The environmental impacts of transportation are influenced by the contractual arrangements with service providers. This data is also relevant for criterion 11 (Usage of natural resources) of the German Sustainability Code.

Job ticket KPI

In 2019, 14,000 employees of the Deutsche Telekom Group in Germany used a discount season ticket provided by their employer to commute by public transport. This reduction is due to relocation of sites.

We offer regional discount season tickets (monthly or annually) to our employees at many of our German Deutsche Telekom sites, especially in high-density population areas. The offer encourages our employees to use climate-friendly public transportation and helps them keep their commuting costs down.

 

Reporting against standards

By reporting on the use of discount season tickets, we partially cover the V04-13 (Percentage of services to reduce impact on climate) EFFAS indicator. This data is also relevant for criteria 2 (Implementation of the sustainability strategy) and 10 (Innovation and product management) of the German Sustainability Code. It is also used for reporting on the Global Compact principles 7 (Precautionary approach) and 8 (Promoting environmental responsibility).