Air travel is the most significant source of our travel emissions. In 2011, emissions decreased by 18 percent, due to a reduction in long-haul travel and greater use of video alternatives. In the interests of Clean Mobility, we gather data from 19 global airlines, 15 local airlines, and 41 countries. This means we can calculate emissions for specific markets and business lines as well as our global footprint.
Clean Mobility: minimizing the environmental impact of business travel
At Deutsche Bank, we use a clean mobility strategy to minimize the environmental impact of our business travel activities. This involves reducing travel volumes and using ecofriendly alternatives wherever possible.
Electricity in the tank: Deutsche Bank uses e-Cars in Frankfurt
Clean Mobility starts with planning travel
Guidelines for environmentally friendly mobility apply throughout the Deutsche Bank Group. Before traveling, employees are expected to check whether telephone or video conference calls are possible alternatives. We are working towards installing workplace-based audiovisual technologies at all our sites.
We follow a responsible travel management program by:
- Analyzing and calculating our carbon footprint
- Providing data to business lines to manage demand
- Buying responsibly
- Supporting the bank’s offset program
Our carbon footprint
Managing demand through improved transparency
Reducing the amount of travel has a bigger impact than merely making travel more environmentally friendly. We analyze booking patterns throughout the bank – looking at costs and the number of people visiting the same destinations – and provide managers with this information so it is easier for them to monitor and control the volume of travel before it happens. The carbon emissions from each plane journey are printed on the itinerary.
To reduce emissions from air travel, we identified practical and cost-effective alternatives, and have negotiated larger discounts with car-hire services and rail companies including Amtrak, Trainline, Eurostar, and Deutsche Bahn.
Clean Mobility and procurement
Offsetting our emissions
Global Travel supports the bank’s carbon offsetting program by supplying information about emissions from rail, air, and car travel to the carbon accounting team.
Many hotel and travel vendors offer voluntary carbon offset programs, and all business train travel in Germany is carbon neutral through the offsetting option with Deutsche Bahn. As part of our Clean Mobility drive, we use these options wherever possible.