Inhouse ecology

We are committed to environmental and climate protection, with the goal of keeping environmental impacts as low as possible. We therefore work to continuously improve our sustainability standards and the main environmental parameters in the most relevant areas. The environmental management system in Austria is based on international standards (e.g. ISO 14001). This is not a matter of merely fulfilling legal requirements or standards, but rather one of optimizing the use of energy and resources, and as such, is a task of sustainable resource utilization. The network banks are conscious of their responsibility for the environment and are working to continuously improve this.
The graphic below shows the environmentally-relevant areas of the RBI and their impact on CO2e emissions in 2019. 


CO2 globe 2019

The graphic shows that the biggest items of CO2e emissions of RBI (total of 97,636 tons (t) location-based, down six percent compared with the previous year and 26 percent compared with 2011) relate to energy consumption and business travel. Particularly relevant is the division of the emissions into three „Scopes“, which define the classification of the CO2 emissions according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol:
  • Scope 1 comprises all greenhouse gas emissions produced directly in the company; e.g. from the combustion of stationary sources (such as power plants, boilers), from the combustion of mobile sources (such as from the company’s own fleet), from the production processes and from transient emissions.
  • Scope 2 comprises indirect emissions that arise from the company being supplied with energy, i.e. when an energy supplier makes power or heat available for this company.
  • Scope 3 comprises all other emissions caused within the limits of the system, e.g. the mobility sector using planes, trains and external car fleets, as well as office supplies (such as paper) and waste etc.
Most emissions, 51 percent, can be found in Scope 2 (mainly caused by electricity consumption), followed by Scope 3 with 42 percent (here too, electricity consumption is in first place). At seven percent, Scope 1 is in third place and is caused by business travel (with the company‘s own vehicle fleet), in addition to the purchase of electricity from third parties.

Environmental measures and targets

The central tool for the implementation and further development of the environmental targets is our Environmental Management System in Austria, which is operated in accordance with the requirements of ISO 14001 (certified since 1998).
In general, energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmentally friendly mobility and sustainable purchasing are particularly important in corporate environmental protection. Because of RBI’s carbon footprints energy consumption and the mobility sector are the two most essential areas for action. Therefore these are key factors for attaining the environmental targets.

The Environment Committee, the Sustainability Management Department (NHM) and Facility Management (FM) as well as the sustainability officers of the network banks (NWB) are responsible for implementing and evaluating the achievement of targets. Base year for targets is 2011.

Environmental measures and targets

Overview of environment-related KPIs

CO2 emissions

Average CO2e emissions (calculated with the emission factor ecoinvent v3.4) for 2019 came to 97,636 tons (t) (location-based) and were reduced by 26 percent compared with 2011 (the first reporting date). Of this figure, 7,073 t of CO2e (seven percent) was allocated to Scope 1, 49,708 t (51 percent) to Scope 2 (location-based) and 40,856 t (42 percent) to Scope 3. The greatest reduction compared with 2011 was achieved in Scope 2 (down 30 percent). In Scope 1, emissions have fallen by 24 percent since 2011, while Scope 3 has seen a reduction of 23 percent. Emissions were reduced by six percent compared with the previous year. 

Data quality is collected on the basis of three grades. The best data quality is 1 (exact), followed by 2 (calculated). Most of the corporate environmental protection data is exact or calculated. Only the areas of materials and water are classified in the lower category 3  (estimated) in terms of their data quality. RBI is endeavoring to improve data quality in the last category. 


Scope 1-3 Emissions RBI

Energy consumption

At 70,699 t CO2e, energy consumption accounts for around 72 percent of emissions (down eight percent compared with the previous year and 26 percent compared with 2011) and is the biggest source of emissions for RBI. Electricity consumption accounts for 91 percent of this figure, while heating demand accounts for approx. nine percent. The emissions particularly arise in Scope 2 as well as in Scope 1 and 3.

RBI‘s total energy consumption was around 216 GWh in 2019 (down six percent compared with the previous year). Around 137 GWh was required for electricity and around 79 GWh for heating. The average energy consumption per employee per year is 4,551 kWh. 

The RBI’s proportion of green electricity is around 38 percent. 


Energy consumption of RBI


Mobility generates 13,547 t of CO2e, which corresponds to around 14 percent of emissions (eight percent less than the previous year and 23 percent less than in 2011). Travel is thus RBI‘s second biggest source of emissions. It arises in both Scope 1 and Scope 3.

Business travel at RBI amounts to around 62 million pkm (passenger kilometers; pkm are calculated on the basis of the number of persons carried and the distance covered). The average per employee per year is 1,316 pkm. Comparing the means of transport (in terms of pkm), air travel accounts for the largest proportion at 54 percent, followed by car travel at 40 percent, and travel by train at around six percent. RBI‘s vehicle fleet is particularly environmentally friendly with an average of 125 g of CO2 emissions per km. 


Business travel of RBI


At 7,775 t CO2e, material consumption accounts for around eight percent of emissions (up seven percent on the previous year and down 34 percent compared with 2011), making it the third biggest source of emissions. The impacts are felt solely in Scope 3. The proportion of recycled materials in paper purchasing is 67 percent. In total, RBI used around 2,556 tons of paper in 2019. Paper consumption per employee amounted to 10,836 sheets per year.

Paper consumption of RBI


At 4,586 t CO2e (up eight percent on the previous year and down 22 percent compared with 2011), waste is also negligible and accounts for just under five percent of emissions. The impacts are felt solely in Scope 3. The quantity of waste produced by RBI amounts to about 7,908 tons per year or 167 kg/employee and consists of 96 percent non-hazardous waste. Almost 62 percent of waste is brought to landfill sites, approx. 17 percent is incinerated and around 17 percent is recycled. Electrical devices account for around four percent.

Waste of RBI

Parcel service and tansport of goods

The parcel service and transport of goods accounts for around one percent of emissions at 1,029 t CO2e (a comparison with 2011 is not possible because this indicator was not recorded for the entire group in 2011). The km/tkm values of the suppliers reported in the supplier survey were collected internally but not included due to insufficient verifiability. The impacts of the emissions are felt primarily in Scope 3.

The parcel service and the transport of goods at RBI amounts to around 526,868 tkm (on kilometers; tkm are calculated on the basis of the weight transported and the distance covered).


Water consumption

Water use (exclusively tap water) takes last place at 112 kg, thereby causing almost zero percent emissions. Total water consumption in 2019 amounted to 353 million m3, corresponding to 7,460 liters per employee per year. 

Water consumption of RBI


Andrea Sihn-Weber

Head of Group Sustainability Management
General Manager of Raiffeisen Sustainability Initiative
Raiffeisen Bank International AG
Am Stadtpark 9, 1030 Wien
Tel: +43-1-71707-6069