Environmental report

Triodos Bank's largest positive impact on the environment comes from financing entrepreneurs and enterprises developing innovative ways to combat climate change. But the organisation also has a responsibility for its own environmental impact as an institution. You can find details of this here, describing Triodos Bank’s internal environmental policy, environmental management strategy and environmental performance during 2010.

Environmental considerations are a key aspect of Triodos Bank’s activities. The organisation uses an Environmental Management System (ems) to monitor and reduce the adverse environmental impact of all of its activities. Ems procedures are audited by the internal audit department each year. While implementing Triodos Bank's environmental policy is the responsibility of every co-worker, a central environmental co-ordinator and local environmental co-ordinators in each branch are responsible for embedding the ems within Triodos Bank. The local environmental co-ordinators inform and update all co-workers about their branch’s environmental performance and progress at least twice a year, maintaining awareness about internal environmental issues.

Environmental key figures

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absolute quantities/ftes*

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

*

Ftes: average number of full time co-workers during the year.

**

The comparable figure for 2009 has been adjusted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Energy consumption

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electricity in kWh/fte

2,991

2,884

3,075

2,961

2,965

2,305

Gas in m3/fte

163

105

101

83

113

124

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business travel

 

 

 

 

 

 

By aircraft in km/fte

6,804

6,621

6,329

5,651

5,984

5,556

By car in km/fte

2,389

2,596

2,416

2,597

2,130

1,926

By public transport in km/fte

1,149

809

808

824

607

530

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commuting

 

 

 

 

 

 

By car in km/fte

5,597

6,229

5,458

5,201

5,708

6,006

By carpool in km/fte

197

238

131

203

431

442

By public transport in km/fte

3,939

3,820

3,642

3,796

4,529

3,450

By bike or on foot in km/fte

724

808

619

612

901

815

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper usage

 

 

 

 

 

 

In kg/fte**

301

288

334

313

344

413

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-workers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ftes

556

477

393

346

294

258

External, temporary co-workers

30

33

43

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buildings (absolute figures)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surface area in m2

23,250

18,933

15,040

12,546

10,125

7,124

Volume in m3

88,256

72,651

55,596

35,836

29,058

20,654

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basis of notes and environmental key figures

The environmental key figures show the total figure for the five branches expressed per fte.

Triodos Bank’s temporary co-workers are included in the calculation of the environmental figures. This provides a more realistic picture of the organisation’s actual environmental impact. The co-workers engaged by Triodos MeesPierson are not included in this calculation because they do not use Triodos Bank’s buildings. The co-workers engaged by Triodos Real Estate Development use Triodos Bank’s facilities and are therefore included.

The energy figures show the electricity and gas consumption per fte. The figures are derived from invoices and meter readings.

Business travel data shows the number of kilometres per fte travelled by co-workers by public transport, plane, and car – whether in a private car or taxi based on distance declarations or in a company car using mileage readings.

Travel by plane and public transport is calculated on the basis of ticket data. Commuting distances are shown per fte and are based on the distance between home and work, as well as on data from interviews or co-worker questionnaires detailing the means of transport used. A car-pooler is defined as a co-worker who shares a car with another co-worker for commuting purposes. Triodos Bank is aware of the fact that the distances for commuting where also taken into account in the business travel data, effectively increasing the total number of kilometres. Triodos Bank's main objective, however, is to operate in a CO2 neutral way and therefore chooses to offset more CO2 emissions than perhaps in theory potentially required. In addition, Triodos Bank has opted to compensate all its emissions, irrespective of the fact if these emissions are offset by Triodos Bank's (green) suppliers. For 2011, Triodos Bank will follow up on the compensation by suppliers and assess if methods used are in agreement with Triodos Bank's business principles. Triodos Bank may then decide to take supplier offsets into account.

Paper usage is calculated using procurement invoices and by calculating the weight of the different types of paper used in each office.

Emission of CO2 (equivalents)

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in thousands of kg

2010

2009

*

50% of CO2 emissions were compensated by emission reduction projects, representing a value of EUR 15 per tonne of CO2. The other 50% is accounted for by sustainable forestry projects representing a value of EUR 10 per tonne of CO2.

 

 

 

Electricity

0

138

Gas consumption (heating)

232

130

Paper

686

600

Public Transport

107

80

Car

867

832

Flights

908

824

Total

2,800

2,604

Minus: Compensation for CO2 credits

(2,800)

(2,604)

CO2 balance (neutral)

0

0

CO2 compensation costs per tonne (EUR)

12.50*

12.50

 

 

 

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