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Hanna Rieke

The new driving school

Mobility? Sure! But it has to be eco-friendly. Employees at Telekom get an opportunity to learn what that really means.

D eutsche Telekom sends its employees on driving courses. The company not only embraces mobility solutions that reduce CO₂, but is also providing the necessary expertise to reduce traffic-related emissions. Deutsche Telekom’s car pool counts around 26,000 vehicles just in Germany, which makes it one of the largest in Europe. In 2015, Deutsche Telekom achieved an important milestone: An emission of merely 110 g CO₂ per kilometer for all the cars that have joined the pool lately. That is even 10 gram less than required by the EU. A great success for Deutsche Telekom.

Deutsche Telekom's car pool achieves long-time goal of 110g/km CO₂ emission*

110 g CO₂/km 152 g CO₂/km
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110 g CO₂/km 152 g CO₂/km
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  • 2011

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* new cars

An emission of merely 110 grams per kilometer for all the cars that have joined the pool lately

Finally, the most important factor to protect the environment is an eco friendly driving behavior. That’s why Deutsche Telekom puts emphasis on eco-driving courses. We asked Hanna Rieke, managing Director of Telekom MobilitySolutions, about this program.

5 questions for Hanna Rieke

  • How do you coach an environmentally friendly driving style: in theory or on the road?

    Both are important. The training courses that we offer to company-car drivers take account of both the theoretical and practical aspects. It basically works like this: first of all, the participants drive along a defined route as they normally would. The theory then follows, looking at driving physics and vehicle technology. The participants then drive the same route again under the instructors’ guidance. The use of on-board computers or measurement devices helps quickly identify the sort of savings that can be achieved.

  • How much scope do Deutsche Telekom employees have when choosing their servibr vehicle or company car?

    Employees that are entitled to a company car for private use can put together a vehicle based on their budget according to the Car Policy. A portfolio of the latest vehicles is available whereby Telekom MobilitySolutions focuses on efficiency and sustainability. Service and fieldservice staff do not have any direct influence on the choice of their service vehicles. These vehicles are procured in accordance with user requirements, economic considerations and current environmental standards.

  • And to what extent are Deutsche Telekom employees then interested environmentally friendly alternatives?

    We have seen a notable change regarding vehicle orders over the past few years, reflecting the social trend that seeks to conserve natural resources. Company-car users compare the vehicles on offer very closely. They read up on the vehicles’ fuel consumption, as well as the alterna tive drive concepts and fuels that are available.

  • Do you also sometimes help out? Or maybe encourage them to opt for the models?

    The bonus/penalty system introduced with the Green Car Policy rewards those people that choose vehicles with very good fuel consumption figures. We have defined upper CO₂ limits and CO₂ guide values for the different vehicle categories, for example. When drivers come in below these values, they earn a type of credit, which they can use for additional equipment, for example. Vehicles that exceed the particular guideline attract a penalty, however, which means the driver has to indirectly contribute to the costs for the additional fuel consumption. To promote acceptance of alternative fuels and drive systems, we offer electric and natural gas-powered vehicles to company car users at special conditions.

  • How successful have these efforts been?

    In 2015, we significantly reduced the average CO₂ emissions of all new cars compared to previous years, according to manufacturer specifications. Emissions were reduced for the entire Deutsche Telekom fleet in Germany – in relation to the manufacturers’ standard specifications – from around 155 grams per kilometer in 2009 to 110 grams per kilometer in 2015. As a result, we significantly came in below the EU target of 120 grams per kilometer. We continue to promote sustainable drive concepts to lower the CO₂ emissions of the Deutsche Telekom fleet even more. We offer natural gas-powered vehicles in all segments. Telekom MobilitySolutions also uses electric vehicles in a variety of projects. Both “pure” electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids can be ordered as company cars.

5 rules of thumb for environmentally-friendly driving

So much fuel can be saved with little effort. Let's take a ride and have a look at the best tips for eco-friendly driving.

  • 1. Watch your tire pressure Amazing, but true: If tire pressure is just 0.5 bar below the manufacturer's recommendation, fuel consumption increases by 6 percent. Underinflated tires also wear out faster. So always pay attention to the right tire pressure.
  • 2. Brake with the engine Surprisingly, engines don't use the least fuel on idle, but instead through deceleration cutoff – that is, when you leave the car in gear when taxiing to a standstill instead of pressing the clutch. This also protects your brakes.
  • 3. Drive with foresight People under stress often use the accelerator and brake more than calm people. You can save fuel by observing traffic closely. When a traffic light turns red, let up on the accelerator immediately and taxi to a standstill at the light in gear (see tip 2).
  • 4. Switch off the engine at traffic lights and in traffic jams Many modern cars switch off the engine automatically when they are stopped at red lights or in traffic jams. This technique can reduce CO₂ emissions by 7-15 percent on average.
  • 5. Avoid short trips 20 percent of all CO₂ emissions in Germany are caused by cars. That's why you should use your car as little as possible. In particular, short trips with a cold engine cause high CO₂ emissions and can easily be avoided.