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Our approach to more renewable energy

Our contribution to the SDGs

By the end of 2021, our goal is to source all of our electricity throughout the Group exclusively from renewable sources. This represents more than 80 percent of our total energy requirements. We have joined the global RE100 initiative to underscore this commitment, which aims to advance the purchase of electricity from renewable sources.

We have already reached our goal in Germany, Greece, Croatia, the Netherlands, Austria, and Hungary.

In this context, we are sourcing more green electricity directly, acquiring corresponding guarantees of origin, or concluding special power purchase agreements (PPAs), as is the case in the United States. Whenever possible and practicable, we invest in our own power plants, such as cogeneration plants or photovoltaic systems.

We use the “Renewable Energies” ESG KPI to measure our progress. In addition, we have also introduced parameters throughout the Group that are used to assess electricity procurement at all of our national companies in terms of sustainability.

Since 2019, we have been testing a climate-neutral power supply for mobile masts by using fuel cells instead of diesel generators. 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 2020, Deutsche Telekom obtained 58 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 30 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 25 percent (“remaining” country mix). b)

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

Reporting against standards

 

Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

  • The most important key figures for measuring and managing climate-related opportunities and risks

Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)

  • Code TC-TL-130a.1 (Environmental Footprint of Operations)

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

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 mixa). In determining the amount, the national companies can also include certificates (guarantees of origin) and power purchase agreements (PPAs) for electricity obtained from renewable energy.

Our national companies in Germany, Greece, India, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain and Hungary are already pioneers in this field: They cover 100 percent of their electricity needs with renewable energies. Deutsche Telekom in Germany purchases its electricity as part of a green tariff. Around 60 percent comes directly from renewable energies. The rest is covered by guarantees of origin, power purchase agreements (PPAs), and a small proportion by in-house generation.

T-Mobile US intends to reach our Group target primarily with wind power, but with solar energy as well. To that end, the American national company has concluded long-term contracts (12-15 years) with wind and solar farm operators, Which gives the power producers security of investment. As a result, five wind farms and three solar farms in the U.S. already feed their energy into the grid or will do so by 2021.

We use the “Renewable Energies” ESG KPI to measure our progress. 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)a) for all national companies.

Andreas Kröhling

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Reporting against standards

 

Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

  • The most important key figures for measuring and managing climate-related opportunities and risks