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20.09.2012

Bank Austria launches Vienna's largest private photovoltaic power installation

  • Bank Austria's solar power installation with a peak performance of 90 kWp is Vienna's largest photovoltaic facility run by a private operator
  • Opened by Michael Häupl, Mayor of the City of Vienna, and Willibald Cernko, CEO of Bank Austria
  • 87,000 kWh produced per year – corresponding to the annual consumption of roughly 35 households
  • Annual saving of 35 tonnes of CO2 emissions

With the solar installation on the roof of the Bank Austria head office at Lassallestraße 5 in District II., Vienna's largest photovoltaic plant run by a private operator will go onstream at Bank Austria. This innovative alternative energy project was officially inaugurated today in the presence of Michael Häupl, Mayor of Vienna, and Willibald Cernko, CEO of Bank Austria.
This small but powerful installation produces roughly 87,000 kWh per year on a total area of roughly 1,500 square metres; it contains 794 modules and produces a peak performance of 90 kWp, which corresponds to the consumption of roughly 35 households. 35 tonnes of CO2 emissions can be saved each year. The project is a crucial part of a complex series of environmental measures at Bank Austria.

Vienna Mayor Michael Häupl: "Vienna has been pressing ahead with the development of sustainable sources of energy for years. This is why I am so delighted to be able to launch the largest private photovoltaic installation in Austria on the roof of the Bank Austria headquarters. This will make a significant contribution to protecting the environment, and it also strengthens our energy independence. And ultimately, it is the only way to maintain the high, globally renowned standards of living in our city in the long term.“

"Sustainable economic management is simply common sense and is our responsibility for the future. Our commitment on various fronts is gradually reducing the carbon footprint of Bank Austria in a sustainable manner, making a significant contribution to the energy-efficient use of resources. The Lassallestraße solar power installation is an important part of our comprehensive environmental management programme, which will ultimately affect all of our locations and employees. On 5 September for example we re-opened the Hirschstetten eco-branch – Austria's first bank branch with its own charging station and a photovoltaic installation that generates roughly 20,000 kWh per year. This means the benefits of all our measures are not just there in principle, they are also tangible thanks to the cost savings made with the lower use of resources", added Cernko.

Following the Kyoto Protocol, UniCredit and Bank Austria committed to reducing their CO2 emissions by 30 percent before 2020. This is why Bank Austria is deploying various measures to lower the energy consumption of the company in the long term. Bank Austria was the first Austrian commercial bank whose environmental management system received the international ISO 14001 certification. This environmental management system embraces not just the head office buildings but also all the branches. Additionally, as one of six founding members in klima:aktiv pakt2020, Bank Austria has voluntarily agreed to implement Austrian climate protection and strategic energy objectives throughout its own organisation. Based on figures from 2005, the minimum goals set by Bank Austria – alongside the 30-percent reduction in CO2 emissions – are achieving a 20-percent increase in energy efficiency and covering 51 percent of energy use from renewable energy sources.

The building at Lassallestraße 5, designed according to the plans of architect Wilhelm Holzbauer, accommodates one of the central business locations of Bank Austria. The new UniCredit Bank Austria Campus is to be built in the immediate vicinity, where the old North Railway Station used to be. By 2016 an innovative business location following international standards will be built according to ecologically sustainable criteria, with a gross floor area of roughly 200,000 square metres; this will also integrate the existing buildings in Lasallestraße.

Enquiries: Bank Austria Press Office Austria
 Martin Kammerer, Tel. +43 (0) 50505 - 52803
 E-Mail: martin.kammerer@unicreditgroup.at

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