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06.09.2012

Bank Austria opens eco-friendly branch in Hirschstetten:
Following thermal renovation, eco-friendly branch in Hirschstetten has a photovoltaic system and its own electric charging station

  • Eco-friendly Hirschstetten branch: Following a comprehensive thermal renovation, the first bank branch with its own electric charging station was equipped with a high-performance photovoltaic system offering a maximum capacity of 18 kW
  • The photovoltaic system generates roughly 20,000 kWh annually, and the renovation measures will reduce CO2 emissions by over 8 metric tons a year in total
  • The amount of electricity that will be generated is equivalent to the annual consumption of around eight households

As part of its business ecology programme and in order to raise its eco-efficiency, Bank Austria has set its focus on a variety of measures to lower the company's energy consumption. The eco-friendly branch in Hirschstetten serves as a model project in this regard. Following a comprehensive thermal renovation, the photovoltaic system with 88 panels will serve as a high-performance small power station that will produce 20,000 kWh a year. This will allow the branch to lower its CO2 emissions annually by over 8 metric tons in total, and the electricity produced will correspond to the annual consumption of around eight households. The branch's electric charging station for electric bikes and scooters is available for anyone who is interested to use around the clock.

"Initiatives by private households and businesses make an essential contribution to the energy-efficient use of resources, so projects like the eco-friendly branch in Hirschstetten are very important and deserve our support," said Vienna's Vice-Mayor Maria Vassilakou.

"The eco-friendly Hirschstetten branch is the first bank branch in Austria to have its own electric charging station, and it will be able to make a considerable contribution to lowering energy consumption," said Rainer Hauser, the Bank Austria Management Board member responsible for Family & SME Banking. "In response to the Kyoto Protocol, we at UniCredit and Bank Austria have decided to lower the company's CO2 emissions overall by 30 per cent by the year 2020. The eco-friendly branch in Hirschstetten is just the beginning of a wide range of measures. For example, the new UniCredit Bank Austria Campus at Vienna North railway station, which is scheduled for completion in 2016, will be constructed according to energetic and ecological sustainability criteria. So we are very confident that we will achieve our ambitious goal. We would also like to thank the City of Vienna for supporting us with funding for our project for the eco-friendly branch in Hirschstetten."

Bank Austria is the first Austrian commercial bank whose environmental management system is certified according to the internationally recognised ISO 14001 standard. Not just the main office building but also all of the branches are incorporated into the environmental management system. In addition, as one of six founding members of the klima:aktiv pakt2020, Bank Austria has voluntarily committed itself to implementing Austria's climate protection and energy strategy targets within the company. Starting from the figures for 2005, Bank Austria's minimum targets are to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 per cent, increase energy efficiency by 20 per cent and cover 51 per cent of its energy needs with renewable energy sources.

Opening celebration on 5 September
The eco-friendly branch in Hirschstetten was opened on 5 September with a celebration that included appearances by Vice-Mayor Maria Vassilakou and Rainer Hauser, the Bank Austria Management Board member responsible for Family & SME Banking. Attendees had the opportunity to try out the newest KTM electric bikes on a bicycle course and electric cars from the company Denzel as well as the Renault Twizy. There was also a giveaway where participants could win attractive electric car vouchers as well as the grand prize, a KTM Amparo 8 Disc electric bike.

Enquiries: Bank Austria Press Office Austria
 Matthias Raftl, Tel.: +43 (0) 5 05 05-52809;
 E-mail: matthias.raftl@unicreditgroup.at

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