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Bank Austria backs Austrian Climate Protection Prize 2008

  • Erich Hampel: "Our strategy also takes into account social and ecological aspects."
  • Leasing low CO2-emission vehicles will be rewarded with a 2009 toll sticker.

Bank Austria is backing the Austrian Climate Protection Prize, initiated by the Ministry of Life and Austrian national public service broadcaster ORF, as a partner. Individuals, companies and organisations can submit their ideas and projects for reducing CO2 and saving energy by 12 September 2008. The Austrian Climate Protection Prize covers four categories: "Trade and Industry", "Services and Tourism", "Daily Life and Incentives" and "Ideas and Innovations". Experts from the Austrian Energy Agency and the klima:aktiv initiative set up by the Ministry of Life will evaluate submissions with regard to their climate protection effectiveness, exemplary effect, energy efficiency, cost effectiveness, degree of innovation and creativity. There will also be a public vote. The Climate Protection Prize will be awarded on 4 November 2008 at an ORF gala.

Erich Hampel, Bank Austria CEO says, "Bank Austria's business operations and strategy are not solely geared to economic objectives. They also consider social and ecological aspects. For many years climate change has been a matter of great concern to us, so we are saving 2,570 MW/h of power annually and reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 436 tonnes as a result of our "Green IT Initiative". This is why we are backing this initiative by the Ministry of Life and ORF as part of our sustainability programme".

Free motorway toll sticker for acquiring low CO2 vehicles
Bank Austria is furthermore using the Austrian Climate Protection Prize as an opportunity to reward leasing agreements for new, low-polluting vehicles with a free, 2009 motorway toll sticker. This is conditional upon the new car's CO2 emissions being below 120 grams and the contract being concluded in a Bank Austria branch by 31 October 2008. In addition, since 1 July 2008, leasing customers have benefited from a CO2 bonus when acquiring such a model, which reduces the standard consumption tax by 300 euros.

About Bank Austria's sustainability programme:
Bank Austria's sustainability programme covers the topics of Economy, Social Affairs and Environment, focussing in particular on measures to assist children and adolescents in need, as well as more efficient use of energy.

  • Green IT Initiative: The intention is that during its entire life cycle and beyond, Bank Austria's IT should be used in a manner that saves resources and is as environmentally friendly as possible. Thus the original 638 servers in the computer centre have been reduced to 36, resulting in an annual energy saving of 2,570 MW/h.
  • Climate-neutral mobility: Bank Austria compensates for all its 2008 CO2 emissions by investing in Austrian climate protection projects. The compensation extends to all business travel by rail, private car and plane, as well as trips by employees in Bank Austria's fleet of one hundred or so cars.
  • On-going energy efficiency projects: The lighting in the Technical Centre at Julius-Tandler-Platz, Vienna, has been partly replaced on the basis of a contracting project. This has reduced annual electricity consumption by some 43,000 KW/h and CO2 emissions by approx. 7.3 tonnes.
  • "gemma´s an" sponsorship project: Together with the Vienna Children's and Youth Advocacy Service (Kinder- und Jugendanwaltschaft Wien), Bank Austria supports the Zeit!Raum für Jugendliche in schwierigen Lebenssituationen (Time!Space for juveniles in difficult circumstances) sponsorship project. In addition to providing financial assistance, Bank Austria coordinates the search for and acquisition of new sponsors.
  • Sponsoring houses in SOS-Kinderdorf centres: Bank Austria sponsors ten houses, each for one family, in Austria's 10 SOS-Kinderdörf centres. Sponsorship of houses in each of the nine Austrian provinces has been made possible by a major donation from Bank Austria employees and marks the start of a long-term partnership with SOS-Kinderdorf.

Enquiries: Bank Austria Press Office Austria
Tiemon Kiesenhofer, Tel. +43 (0)5 05 05 ext. 52819;
E-mail: tiemon.kiesenhofer@unicreditgroup.at

Further information on the Austrian Climate Protection Prize is available at 
www.klimaschutzpreis.at .

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