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

First electric cars in use

Electricity in the tank: Deutsche Bank uses e-Cars in Frankfurt

Since the beginning of April 2011, Deutsche Bank has been testing electric-powered cars as part of a pilot project at its new Deutsche Bank towers in Frankfurt. A fleet of small electric-powered cars, which has been growing constantly, is available for business trips within the city. A special feature of this e-car pilot project is that the vehicles are charged at electric charging points in the building’s underground car park with electricity supplied by the building itself. Electricity is generated by the elevators depending on their direction and load, and this is sufficient to charge the cars.

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

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.

Distance travelled

In km

Variance from
previous year
in %
2013 2012 2011
Total air travel1 -1 705 637 232 714 788 600 875 865 483
Short-haul air travel -12 27 241 211 30 896 544 36 842 583
Medium-haul air travel -6 79 032 850 84 288 858 98 565 750
Long-haul air travel -0,04 599 363 171 599 603 198 740 457 150
FTE-normalized air travel
in km per FTE
-4 6 727 7 016 8 799
Total rail travel2 9 65 306 093 60 035 569 57 725 362
Total road travel3 -9 130 602 578 143 071 726 169 025 944
FTE-normalized total distance
travelled in km per FTE
-5 8 594 9 009 11 076
Total -2 901 545 903 917 895 895 1 102 616 789
Managing demand through improved transparency

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

The bank’s preferred hotels program and agency booking system ensures that travelers can always find a room, no matter where they are. Today, 45 percent of the bank’s preferred hotels are “green” hotels, and are ISO 14001-certified. Of all of the hotels we use, 83 percent have some kind of environmental program in place.

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.

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