Environmentally Aware Business Travel and Fuel Usage
Our Group is distributed across more than 30 locations in 11 countries, a fact that makes high demands on employee mobility. Carbon emissions are produced when our employees travel.
We aim to reduce travel-related emissions, both by avoiding business trips and by using climate-neutral options such as rail travel. Corporate Procurement and Human Resources work closely together to manage employee mobility. Responsibility for this topic ranges from business trip management through vehicle fleet monitoring down to defining the terms on which company cars are provided and can be used.
We have taken the following measures to promote eco-friendly mobility:
We work together with external partners on the use of rental and company cars. These partners provide us with regular information on vehicle fleet usage and evaluate fuel cards, enabling us to monitor trends in fuel consumption and associated greenhouse gas and carbon emissions. Air travel is organized by travel agents who also provide us with regular information on carbon emissions, among other things. German rail network operator Deutsche Bahn supplies us with an annual client environmental data report (“Umweltbilanz”). This quantifies the carbon emissions that our employees have avoided by traveling by rail as opposed to by car. In 2021, for example, this amounted to over 143 tonnes of CO2 (2020: over 280 tonnes; 2019: over 800 tonnes). The substantial year-over-year savings of approximately 140 tonnes of carbon emissions are associated with the slump in overall travel resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This can also be seen from the significant difference between 2019 and 2020.
Our employees traveled more than 13.41 million kilometers in the 2021 reporting period (2020: 19.10 million kilometers; 2019: 37.70 million kilometers), generating 2,441.88 tonnes of carbon emissions (2020: 3,580.44 tonnes; 2019: 6,260.43 tonnes). The following tables provide a detailed breakdown of the Group’s travel activity.
Passenger kilometers (pkm) for long-distance travel
Pkm for long-distance travel per employee(2)
CO2 equivalents from long-distance travel in tonnes (Scope 3)
Pkm for short-distance travel
CO2 equivalents from local travel in tonnes (Scope 3)
Climate-neutral rail travel in % of total
(1) The figures relate to the United Internet Group in Germany. They are taken from Deutsche Bahn’s annual client environmental data report (“Umweltbilanz”).
(2) The figures relate to the United Internet Group’s employees in Germany; 2019: 7,761; 2020: 7,929; 2021: 8,199.
(3) The decline in the 2020 and 2021 figures is due to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Deutsche Bahn introduced 100% green electricity for local trains in fiscal year 2020, making climate-neutral travel possible.
Fuel consumption (gasoline and diesel) in liters(2)
Fuel consumption per employee in liters(3)
Total kilometers driven
CO2 equivalents in tonnes(4) (Scope 3)
(1) The figures relate to the United Internet Group in Germany.
(2) Calculated on the basis of the average fuel consumption data for passenger cars and station wagons per 100 km provided by the Umweltbundesamt (the Federal Environmental Agency): 7.4 l.
(3) The figures relate to the United Internet Group’s employees in Germany; 2019: 7,761; 2020: 7,929; 2021: 8,199..
(4) The figures are based on service provider data.
(5) The decline in the 2020 and 2021 figures is due to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fuel consumption (gasoline and diesel) in liters
Fuel consumption per company car in liters(2)
Total kilometers driven(3)
Total kilometers driven per company car
CO2 equivalents in tonnes(4) (Scope 1)
(1) The figures relate to the United Internet Group in Germany, 1&1 Versatel, and the 1&1 AG, plus new orders by Strato; additionally, in the case of the 1&1 AG they include long-term rental cars and fuel for rental cars in some cases.
(2) number of vehicles reported as assets as of December 31 of the reporting period in question: 2019: 707; 2020: 765; 2021: 754; the number of cars in the fleet may vary over the course of the year.
(3) The figures are based on manual data input by users when refueling.
(4) The figures are partly based on service provider data and partly calculated using the conversion factors published by DEFRA for 2019, 2020 and 2021.
(5) The decline in the figures in 2020 and 2021 is due to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to the new Guidelines on Working from Home introduced at the Company.
Kerosene consumed in liters(2)
Kerosene consumed per employee in liters(3)
Total kilometers flown
(1) The figures relate to the United Internet Group in Germany, including 1&1 Versatel, Strato, and relevant foreign companies, but not including Drillisch.
(2) Calculated on the basis of the average kerosene consumption data per passenger and 100 km provided by the Bundesverband der deutschen Luftverkehrswirtschaft (German Aviation Association – BDL); 2019: 3.58 l; 2020: 3.55 l; 2021: 3.56 l.
(3) The figures relate to the employees of the companies mentioned under (1).
(4) The figures as based on travel agent data.