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Bank Austria and Ecoprofit – a combination that works!

Operational ecology and building management are two areas that are extremely important to Bank Austria’s efforts to use energy efficiently and act in an environmentally friendly manner.

One only has to think of the millions of kilometres that are travelled, the tonnes of waste that are produced and the enormous amount of kilowatt hours of electricity that are consumed at Bank Austria each year.

Saving energy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions – actively, not passively
In principle, there are two approaches to reducing the resulting carbon dioxide emissions: A passive approach in which the emissions produced are essentially offset through investments in new climate protection projects. Or the active approach in which the consumption of resources is reduced, thus preventing emissions.

Bank Austria has opted for the active approach. The priority is to prevent first and then reduce. Only after this has been achieved is it possible to consider compensating for unavoidable emissions. Therefore, the focus is on raising awareness and improving workflows and processes in order to save energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

A path to reaching our target – Ecoprofit
In order to emphasise the importance of this approach, Bank Austria is currently taking part in the Ecoprofit module. This module is offered as part of the city of Vienna’s EcoBusinessPlan and is aimed at identifying potential for reducing the consumption of resources at the participating companies and thus making an active contribution to climate protection.

A pleasant side effect for the companies: Along with the positive ecological effects, the average annual cost savings achieved so far range from EUR 20,000 to EUR 70,000 (depending on the business sector).

Structured approach – active exchange
Two factors are essential for the successful implementation of the module:

  • A structured, yet open-minded approach and
  • An active and intensive ongoing exchange between internal and external experts. This also includes the dialogue between dedicated colleagues who contribute their own particular view of the situation.

Thus, the collaboration between external environmental specialists and Bank Austria’s building management experts as well as the establishment of an internal environmental team are both important factors for success.

This team, which has already been formed, organises the necessary data collection, discusses improvements and measures, and acts as the driving force behind the process. It is made up of interested colleagues from various divisions. This ensures that the team’s perspective on the issue is as diversified as possible.

By participating in this programme, Bank Austria is making consistent progress along its path to achieving sustainable business success while observing social and ecological quality criteria.