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