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19.03.2010

Bank Austria approves comprehensive protection and energy efficiency programme

  • Reducing CO2 emissions of UniCredit Group by 30 % by 2020
  • Comprehensive package of measures including customers and employees
  • Bank Austria from now on uses energy exclusively from hydro power

Bank Austria is focusing on a comprehensive climate protection programme in order to reduce CO2 emissions considerably over the next years. Thereby, Bank Austria is making an important contribution to the achievement of the climate objectives of UniCredit Group. "Being Austria's largest bank, we are aware of our social responsibility and furthermore consider ourselves as an important partner of the political world in order to reduce CO2 emissions and increase energy efficiency together," Willibald Cernko, Chairman of the Management Board of Bank Austria, explains. "In our company, we are pursuing this objective with various measures within the company as well as increasing awareness and our own offers for customers and employees."

These goals, defined in the so-called “Green Deal” within the framework of a cooperation with the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF), aim to reduce CO2 emissions on group level by 30 per cent as compared to 2008 by 2020. The comprehensive package of measures does not only include measures for the reduction of direct emissions, but also focuses on information and respective services for employees and customers. The priorities of the programme are:

  • Energy efficiency workshops for private customers: The focus of this series of events are ways of building new houses in an energy efficient way as well as renovation of existing houses and apartments. In cooperation with environmental consulting organisation “die Umweltberatung” the workshops will deal with the specific features of various types of houses with a view to energy technology, as well as ecological building materials and information about the environmental certificate and a healthy room climate.
  • Energy efficiency workshops for small and medium-sized enterprises: At the same time, Bank Austria is offering workshops for enterprises free of charge in cooperation with renowned experts. The range of subjects – from compressed air, engines, lighting to Green IT – answers to the needs of manufacturing businesses, retail businesses and service providers. The last workshop took place in Linz on January 28, 2010. Further workshops will be held in 2010.
  • Energy efficient fleet of Bank Austria pool cars: Already more than a year ago, Bank Austria began replacing its about 130 company pool cars with models with lower consumption and, thereby, lower emissions. In the first step, Volkswagen Blue Motion models were chosen. By now, a total of 27 new cars are used. Average CO2 emissions in the standard model (VW Polo Blue Motion) have been reduced to below 100g CO2/km. Assuming an average mileage of 20,000 km per year and pool car and an average reduction of CO2 emissions by 20g per km and pool car, the result is a reduction of 52 tons per year at the end of the replacement procedure.
  • Fuel saving training for employees: In addition to the replacement of company pool cars, the drivers of the pool cars have been trained in special fuel saving trainings since 2008. The results are quite impressive. The participants achieved an average reduction in fuel consumption of more than 10 per cent. The efficiency factor (based on fuel consumption and speed) has been increased by about 20 per cent. Since 2009, these trainings have been offered to all employees. The programme started with trainings in the Vienna area, and this service will be offered in other regions of Austria as well in 2010. So far, about 100 employees of Bank Austria have taken part in these trainings.
  • KlimaKredit loan: For the third time, already, Bank Austria is supporting ecological building and renovating with this product and thereby, creates a triple-win situation: It means protection of the environment and climate, while customers benefit from lower energy costs as well as an environment bonus from Bank Austria amounting to up to EUR600. At the moment, the KlimaKredit loan goes on until April 30, 2010.
  • 100 per cent green electricity: Since the beginning of 2010, Bank Austria is exclusively using electricity from renewable energies. As green energy does not produce emissions, this measure leads to a reduction of 10,000 to 15,000 tons of CO2 as compared to the previous situation.
  • Environmental management system: For 2010/2011, Bank Austria intends to implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001. Already in 2009, the comprehensive activities have been structured with a view to resource saving thanks to the successful participation in the Ökoprofit Modul of the ÖkoBusinessPlan Vienna, and placed on a common basis: Reductions in emissions revealed in the environmental measures for 2009 in the resulting environmental report, and the environmental plans for 2010, alone, correspond to volumes of about 2,500 tons of CO2 per year.

 

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Bank Austria Press Office Austria
Martin Halama, Tel. +43 (0)5 05 05 - 52371
E-Mail: martin.halama@unicreditgroup.at

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