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14.04.2008

Bank Austria launches climate neutral driving

  • Comprehensive concept for climate-friendly mobility
  • Low CO2 emission cars and fuel-saving training for customer advisers
  • Cooperation with ClimatePartner Austria to support  climate protection projects in Austria

Bank Austria's customer advisers are to be more climate-friendly drivers in future. Together with the Managing Director of ClimatePartner Austria, Klaus Reisinger, members of Bank Austria's Management Board, Regina Prehofer and Ralph Müller, today presented measures for more emission efficient and fuel-saving mobility. "Purchasing cars with lower CO2 emissions, providing fuel-saving training for our employees and our cooperation with ClimatePartner Austria are active steps towards sustainable climate protection," said Prehofer, highlighting the initiatives under Bank Austria’s Sustainability Programme.

Reducing emissions through fuel-conscious driving
103 cars in Bank Austria's fleet are to be replaced over the next four years. Alongside fuel consumption, emission values will be a key factor deciding which new vehicles will be purchased in future. Volkswagen's TDI Blue Motion series was selected for the first 13 cars being purchased this year. "These low emission cars mean that our customer advisers are climate-friendly drivers," points out Ralph Müller. Both models in the series have CO2 emission values of less than 120 g/km and are therefore two of the vehicles eligible for a EUR 300 bonus from the Federal government as of 1 July 2008. All the vehicles are also fitted with a diesel particulate filter.

Although the new models are already fuel efficient, consumption is to be further reduced by training employees in fuel-saving driving techniques. Courses will be offered to customer advisers from this summer onwards. Consumption can be cut by up to 25 percent by changing gear at the right time, utilising rolling phases and making optimum use of the vehicle technology. With an average mileage of 20,000 km a year, this represents a saving of EUR 400 a year per vehicle.

According to the latest calculations, the acquisition of energy efficient and low emission vehicles should ultimately reduce CO2 emissions from Bank Austria's fleet of company cars by 45 tonnes and reduce diesel consumption by 15,000 litres.

Supporting climate protection projects in Austria
"Bank Austria is one of the first companies in Austria to implement measures to reduce CO2 emissions and actively invest in climate protection in Austria," explained Klaus Reisinger, MD of ClimatePartner Austria. Bank Austria's decision in favour of climate neutral mobility is a forward-looking step. In addition to using low emission vehicles and cutting fuel consumption, unavoidable CO2 emissions are to be offset in future. By investing in Austrian climate protection projects such as biomass heating, photovoltaic and solar energy systems as well as thermal building renovations, the bank will offset emissions from its air, rail and road travel.

Enquiries: Bank Austria Press Office Austria
Martin Halama, Tel. +43 (0) 50505 Ext. 52371
e-mail: Martin.Halama@unicreditgroup.at

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