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 2018.


The graphic above shows that the biggest items of CO2e emissions of RBI (total of 53.633 tons (t) location-based or down one 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 40 percent (here too, power consumption is in first place). At eleven 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 v3.3) for 2018 came to 53,633 tons (t) (location-based) and were reduced by 22 percent compared with 2011 (the first reporting date).

Of this figure, 5,944 t of CO2e was allocated to Scope 1 (eleven  percent), 26,283 t (49 percent) to Scope 2 (location-based) and 21,406 t (40 percent) to Scope 3. The greatest reduction compared with 2011 was achieved in Scope 2 (down 29 percent). In Scope 3, emissions have fallen by 12 percent since 2011, while Scope 1 has seen a reduction of 17 percent. Compared to the previous year, emissions were reduced by one percent.

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

Energy consumption accounts for around 70 percent of emissions (down one percent compared with the previous year or six percent compared with 2011) at 37,543 t CO2e and is the biggest source of emissions for RBI. Electricity consumption accounts for 92  percent of this, while heating demand accounts for approx. eight percent. The emissions particularly arise in Scope 2 as well as in Scope 1 and 3.

RBI’s total energy consumption was around 117 GWh in 2018 (up one percent compared with the previous year. Energy consumption, particularly at RBI AG, increased slightly in 2018 on account of the extremely warm and long summer). Around 76 GWh was required for electricity and around 41 GWh for heating. In terms of employees and year, the average energy consumption is 4,723 kWh.

The RBI’s proportion of green electricity is around 35 percent.

Energy consumption of RBI

Business Travel

Business travel generates 12,600 t of CO2e, which corresponds to around 23 percent of emissions (two percent more than the previous year and eleven percent less than in 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 63 million pkm (passenger kilometers; pkm are calculated on the basis of the number of persons carried and the distance covered). Business travel in the group, in terms of employee and year, amounts to 2,555 pkm on average.

Comparing the means of transport (in terms of pkm), air travel accounts for the largest proportion at 49 percent, followed by car travel at 46 percent, and rail travel at around five percent. The RBI fleet is particularly friendly to the environment with an average of 123 g of CO2 emissions/km.

Business travel of RBI


Material use (particularly paper) amounts to 1,540 t CO2e, which represents around three percent of emissions (16 percent lower than in the previous year, and 44 percent lower than 2011). The impacts are felt solely in Scope 3. The proportion of recycled materials in paper purchasing is 70 percent.

Paper consumption of RBI


At 1,802 t CO2e (up eleven percent on the previous year and 18 percent compared with 2011), waste is also negligible and accounts for three percent of emissions. The effects are solely reflected in Scope 3. The quantity of waste produced by RBI amounts to about 3,163 tons per year or 128 kg/employee and consists of 94 percent non-hazardous waste. Almost 40 percent of waste is brought to landfill sites, approx. 33 percent is incinerated and more than 21 percent is recycled.  Electrical devices account for almost six percent.

Waste of RBI

Parcel service and tansport of goods

The parcel service and transport of goods accounts for around 0.3 percent of emissions at 148 t CO2e (a comparison with 2011 is not 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.

The parcel service and transport of goods at RBI amounts to around 148 million tkm (ton 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 72 kg, thereby causing almost zero percent emissions. Total water consumption in 2018 amounted to 225,903 m3 or nine m3/employee and 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