Deutsche Telekom

InfluenceMap Score
for Climate Policy Engagement
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Bonn, Germany
Brands and Associated Companies:
EE, T-Mobile, T-Systems
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Climate Lobbying Overview: In 2020-22, Deutsche Telekom appears to have limited, positive engagement with climate policy in the EU. Deutsche Telekom has communicated support for a 1.5 degree global warming target, ambitious policies under the EU’s Fit for 55 package and a transition of the energy mix to renewables.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: In 2020-22, Deutsche Telekom appears to express positive top-line messaging on climate change. Deutsche Telekom has consistently stated support for the Paris Agreement and its goal of limiting global warming to no more than 1.5°C on its corporate website, accessed in 2020, and in an April 2021 press release. Furthermore, in an October 2022 blog, Deutsche Telekom appeared supportive of the EU’s Green Deal, stating “Europe should become the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050”. Deutsche Telekom further expressed the importance of a “ambitious and effective Fit for 55 Package” in a May 2022 joint letter, signed by CEO Timotheus Hottges.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: In 2020-22, Deutsche Telekom appears to have limited but mostly positive engagement with climate policies. Regarding energy efficiency legislation, Deutsche Telekom appeared supportive of the Energy Efficiency Directive, with the exception the policy distinguishes between ‘data centres’ and ‘telecommunication networks’, does not cause administrative burden and removes the need to disclose traffic and data volumes, in a November 2021 public consultation response. A May 2022 joint letter, signed by Deutsche Telekom CEO, Timotheus Hottges, strongly supported a more ambitious Energy Efficiency Directive and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

A September 2020 joint letter to EU policymakers, signed by CEO Timotheus Hottges, advocated to increase the ambition of the EU 2030 emissions reduction target to 55%. In addition, a May 2022 joint letter, also signed by Hottges, stated support for a “strengthened” EU Emissions Trading Scheme and a more ambitious Renewable Energy Directive.

Positioning on Energy Transition: In its 2021 Corporate Responsibility Report, Deutsche Telekom appeared supportive of the electrification of transport. Deutsche Telekom further appeared to support a transition of the energy mix and advocated for a more ambitious Energy Taxation Directive, in a May 2022 joint letter, signed by CEO, Timotheus Hottges. Furthermore, in a June 2020 EU public consultation response, Deutsche Telekom supported binding infrastructure targets and the current scope of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive.

Industry Association Governance: Deutsche Telekom has disclosed some of its trade association memberships in its 2021 Corporate Responsibility Report, published in March 2022, with no further details on its role within the organization, or it’s alignment with climate policy positions. It has not published a review of its industry association memberships. Deutsche Telekom’s CEO, Timotheus Hottges is on the Presidential Board of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) which has negative engagement on EU climate policy.

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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.