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  • 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report

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.