Continuous efforts are made to lower energy consumption and CO2 emissions relating to the Bank’s activities.
In terms of energy consumption in buildings, the Bank aims to be one of the best in the class. As a result ongoing initiatives are implemented to help to reduce energy consumption, for instance consumption for heating, temperature control, lighting etc.
For a number of years Sydbank has sought to ensure that its new builds and renovation projects are energy-efficient. A very significant part of the Group’s energy consumption is monitored continuously, which allows for immediate adjustments. Through the measures mentioned above, the Bank aims to reduce its CO2 emissions.
The Bank’s first solar cell system was installed in 2012 and it is aimed that the share of energy consumption covered by means of the Bank’s renewable energy systems will gradually increase.
Determined efforts are made to reduce Sydbank’s use of paper, both within the Bank as well as in customer communications. As a result the amount of letters and printed material has been reduced considerably within a short space of time. From 2010 to 2012 the number of physical letters to clients was lowered from an average of 10 letters per year to an average of six letters per year. In 2014 a further reduction is projected in connection with the introduction of electronic signatures on the majority of the Bank’s documents.
Videoconferencing equipment has been installed at all Sydbank’s offices and branches. Video meetings reduce time and transport costs and also contribute to lowering CO2 emissions and energy consumption. This applies to the Bank’s employees as well as the Bank’s clients. Clients’ increasing use of the Bank’s many self-service channels also reduces energy consumption. When equipment is purchased, energy consumption represents an important parameter.