inhouse ecology sustainability
We are committed to environmental and climate protection

Ecological responsibility starts on our own doorstep. That's why we have defined clear measures and targets for our most essential areas.

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 RBI and their impact on CO2e emissions in 2020. 

The graphic shows that the biggest items of CO2e emissions at RBI (total of 86,019 tons (t) location based, down 13 percent compared with the previous year and 36 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 provides a company with power or heat. 
  • Scope 3 comprises all other emissions caused within the limits of the system, e.g. by business travel, office supplies (including paper) and waste. However, the use of energy also causes Scope 3 emissions due to transmission losses, for example.

Most of the emissions, 54 percent, can be found in Scope 2 (mainly caused by electricity consumption), followed by Scope 3 with 39 percent (here, too, electricity consumption occupies first place). At seven percent, Scope 1 is in third place. These emissions are caused by business travel (with the company’s own vehicle fleet) in addition to the purchase of electricity from third parties.


Environmental 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.


Environmental measures

The central measures in the environmental areas of greatest importance for RBI are presented in brief in enclosed overview.


Details of inhouse ecology measures in the regions

Enclosed, summarized in regions, the measures of RBI AG and the network banks in CEE are listed, who contribute to the achievement of RBI’s environment goals.

Betriebsökoligische Details

Overview of Environmental-related KPIs

The inhouse ecology key figures of RBI and RBI AG are shown in the following table.


CO2 Emissions

The total CO2e of RBI in 2020 was 86,019 t location based or 90,355 t market based (minus 13 percent on the previous year or minus 36 percent on 2011). The biggest key performance indicators of our CO2e emissions are energy consumption and business travel. Furthermore, most of the emissions (54 percent) fall in Scope 2 (caused by power consumption), followed by Scope 3 with 39 percent (mostly caused by power consumption, partly by air travel).In third place is Scope 1 with seven percent, mostly caused by business travel with own cars.

Co2 Emissionen


At 65,896 t CO2e, energy consumption accounts for around 77 percent of emissions (down seven percent compared with the previous year and 31 percent compared with 2011) and is the biggest source of emissions for RBI. Electricity consumption accounts for 90 percent of this figure, while heating demand accounts for approximately ten percent. The emissions arise in Scope 2 in particular, but also in Scope 1 and 3. 


Business Travel

Mobility generates 10,025 t of CO2e, which corresponds to around twelve percent of emissions (28 percent less than in the previous year and 47 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 amounted to around 44 million pkm in 2020 (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 1,002 pkm. 



At 5,913 t CO2e, material consumption accounts for around seven percent of emissions (down 24 percent on the previous year and 50 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 69 percent. In total, RBI used around 1,628 tons of paper in 2020. Paper consumption per employee amounted to 7,502 sheets per year. 



At 3,809 t CO2e (down 23 percent on the previous year and 36 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 at RBI amounts to around 6,377 tons per year or 147 kg per employee and consists of 96 percent non-hazardous waste. Around 63 percent of waste is brought to landfill sites, approximately 18 percent is incinerated and around 15 percent is recycled. Electrical devices account for almost four percent.


Parcel service and transport of goods

Parcel delivery and the transport of goods accounts for less than one percent of emissions at 376 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 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.

Parcel delivery and the transport of goods at RBI amounts to around 224,370 tkm.



Water use (exclusively fresh water from the municipal pipe network) takes last place at 110 kg, thereby causing almost zero percent of all emissions. Total water consumption in 2020 amounted to 344 million liters, or 7,914 liters per employee per year.