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.
 

Co2EmissionenRBI2017

The graphic shows that the biggest items of CO2e emissions of RBI (total of 53,938 tons (t) location-based or down nine percent compared to the previous year, or down 22 percent compared to 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).

Most emissions, 49 percent, can be found in Scope 2 (mainly caused by power consumption), followed by Scope 3 with 39 percent (here too, power consumption is in first place). At twelve percent, Scope 1 in is 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. Detailed assessments are published on our website (www.rbinternational.com/nachhaltigkeitsmanagement).

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 v3.3) for 2017 came to 53,938 tons (t) (location-based) and was reduced by 22 percent compared to 2011 (the first reporting date).

Of this, 6,270 t of CO2e was allocated to Scope 1 (twelve percent), 26,442 t (49 percent) to Scope 2 (location-based) and 21,226 tons (39 percent) to Scope 3. The greatest reductions compared to 2011 were achieved in Scope 1 and Scope 2 (down 26 percent). In Scope 3, emissions have dropped 13 percent since 2011. Compared to the previous year, emissions
were reduced by nine percent.

  • Energy consumption accounts for about 70 per cent of emissions (down two percent compared to the previous year or 23 percent compared to 2011) at 37,914 t CO2e and is the biggest source of emissions for RBI. Electricity consumption accounts for 95 percent of this, while heating demand accounts for approx. five percent. The emissions particularly arise in Scope 2 as well as in Scope 1 and 3.

    RBI’s total energy consumption was around 116 GWh in 2017 (up twelve percent compared to the previous year). Of this, about 80 GWh was needed for electricity, almost 35 GWh for heating and 0.3 GWh for emergency power. In terms of employees and year, the average energy consumption is 4,703 kWh. The RBI’s proportion of green electricity is around 34 percent.
     
  • Business travel generates 12,335 t CO2e, which corresponds to about 23 percent of emissions (three percent less than the previous year, and 13 percent less than 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 61 million pkm (passenger kilometers; pkm are calculated based on the number of persons carried and the distance covered). Business travel in the group, in terms of employee and year, amounts to 2,456 pkm on average.

    If the means of transport (in terms of the pkm traveled) are compared, then air travel makes up the biggest proportion at 49 percent, followed by business travel in company cars at 48 percent. Business travel by rental car and by rail make up the lowest proportion at around one percent each. The RBI fleet is particularly friendly to the environment with an average of 130 g CO2emissions/km.
     
  • Material use (particularly paper) amounts to 1,829 t CO2e, which is about three percent of emissions (30 percent lower than in the previous year, and 33 percent lower than 2011). At just over three percent, material use occupies third place as an emissions cause, but nevertheless makes up a negligible proportion. The impacts are felt solely in Scope 3. The proportion of recycled materials in paper purchasing is 70 percent.

    Overall, more than 710 tons of paper were consumed in RBI in 2017. The paper consumption per employee amounts to 5,757 sheets/year.
     
  • Waste, at 1,618 t CO2e, is also negligible and accounts for three percent of emissions (five percent higher than the previous year and six percent higher than 2011). The effects are solely reflected in Scope 3.

    The quantity of waste produced by RBI amounts to about 2,820 tons per year or 114 kg/employee and consists of 94 percent non-hazardous waste. 35 percent of waste is brought to landfill sites, approx. 36 percent is incinerated and 23 percent recycled. Electrical devices make up about six percent. Hazardous waste, including electrical devices, is disposed of properly.
     
  • The parcel service and transport of goods is around 0.4 percent of emissions at 241 t CO2 (no comparison with 2011 is possible because this indicator was not yet 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.
     
  • Water use (exclusively tap water) comes in last place as an emissions causer with 73 or almost zero percent. Total water consumption (only ground water is used) was 230,317 m3 or nine m3/employee and year in 2017.

CO2 emissions of RBI

Energy consumption

Energy consumption accounts for about 70 per cent of emissions (down two percent compared to the previous year or 23 percent compared to 2011) at 37,914 t CO2e and is the biggest source of emissions for RBI. Electricity consumption accounts for 95 percent of this, while heating demand accounts for approx. five percent. The emissions particularly arise in Scope 2 as well as in Scope 1 and 3.

RBI’s total energy consumption was around 116 GWh in 2017 (up twelve percent compared to the previous year). Of this, about 80 GWh was needed for electricity, almost 35 GWh for heating and 0.3 GWh for emergency power. In terms of employees and year, the average energy consumption is 4,703 kWh. The RBI’s proportion of green electricity is around 34 percent.

Energy consumption of RBI

Transport

Business travel generates 12,335 t CO2e, which corresponds to about 23 percent of emissions (three percent less than the previous year, and 13 percent less than 2011). Travel is thus RBI’s secondbiggest source of emissions. It arises in both Scope 1 and Scope 3.

Business travel at RBI amounts to around 61 million pkm (passenger kilometers; pkm are calculated based on the number of persons carried and the distance covered). Business travel in the group, in terms of employee and year, amounts to 2,456 pkm on average.

If the means of transport (in terms of the pkm traveled) are compared, then air travel makes up the biggest proportion at 49 percent, followed by business travel in company cars at 48 percent. Business travel by rental car and by rail make up the lowest proportion at around one percent each. The RBI fleet is particularly friendly to the environment with an average of 130g CO2emissions/km.

Business travel of RBI

Material use

Material use (particularly paper) amounts to 1,829 t CO2e, which is about three percent of emissions (30 percent lower than in the previous year, and 33 percent lower than 2011). At just over three percent, material use occupies third place as an emissions cause, but nevertheless makes up a negligible proportion. The impacts are felt solely in Scope 3. The proportion of recycled materials in paper purchasing is 70 percent.

Overall, more than 710 tons of paper were consumed in RBI in 2017. The paper consumption per employee amounts to 5,757 sheets/year.

  • Environmental aspects in the staff restaurants in Austria
    The staff restaurants of RBI AG and several subsidiaries are served by SV (Österreich) GmbH. Active environ-mental responsibility is a priority at SV (Österreich) GmbH. The SV restaurants focus attention on the areas of purchasing, energy use, cleaning agent use, waste disposal and separation of recyclables as well as constant improvement of the environmental performance through continuous raising of employee awareness.
    The environmental targets for the SV restaurants at the two locations in Vienna include, among other goals, increased attention to the use of ingredients from Austria and a consistently seasonally oriented menu as well as the use of take-away cups made from corn starch for freshly produced health shakes. SV (Österreich) GmbH places great value on a healthy, diverse and modern menu. Particular attention is given to continuously developing the range of vegetarian and vegan options with new, innovative recipes and regular action weeks. The reconditioning of disposed waste cooking oils into environmentally sustainable biodiesel achieved a reduction in CO2 of 3,684 kg in 2017.

Paper consumption of RBI

Waste

Waste, at 1,618 t CO2e, is also negligible and accounts for three percent of emissions (five percent higher than the previous year and six percent higher than 2011). The effects are solely reflected in Scope 3.

The quantity of waste produced by RBI amounts to about 2,820 tons per year or 114 kg/employee and consists of 94 percent non-hazardous waste. 35 percent of waste is brought to landfill sites, approx. 36 percent is incinerated and 23 percent recycled. Electrical devices make up about six percent. Hazardous waste, including electrical devices, is disposed of properly.

Waste of RBI

Parcel service and tansport of goods

The parcel service and transport of goods is around 0.4 percent of emissions at 241 t CO2 (no comparison with 2011 is possible because this indicator was not yet 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.

Water consumption

Water use (exclusively tap water) comes in last place as an emissions causer with 73 or almost zero percent. Total water consumption (only ground water is used) was 230,317 m3 or nine m3/employee and year in 2017.

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
andrea.sihn-weber@rbinternational.com
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