Deutsche Bank Group in Japan reduces carbon footprint by 15.6% in 2013
Increasing staff awareness is key
Our global business operations affect our carbon footprint on many levels – through energy and water consumption in our offices, business trips by our staff and use of paper. We want to minimize the negative impact of our business operations on the planet as much as possible. Therefore, we have been operating on a climate-neutral basis since the beginning of 2013.
Ongoing eco-efficiency efforts across our global business make this possible. The past year marked a particularly successful year for our Japanese entities, which considerably reduced their carbon footprint through a variety of measures.
Emissions reduced by one third as compared to base year 2010
Together, the four entities of Deutsche Bank Group in Japan brought down carbon dioxide emissions by 873,333 kgs to 4,721,774 kgs, a 15.6% reduction from CO2 emissions recorded in 2012. Since 2010, when our Japan operations gained the ISO14001 certification for sustainability management, emissions have been reduced by 36.2%.
The most significant changes were seen in the amount of paper used in 2013; we recorded a 32.06% fall on average. Changed user behavior and print management systems helped increase printing efficiencies and only 7.28 million sheets of paper were used in 2013 as compared to 10.21 million sheets in 2012.
Air travel also decreased significantly. Last year, 11.48 million kilometers of travel were recorded, whereas in 2012 this number amounted to 16 million kilometers – overall we saw a reduction of 28.6% in air travel. This accounted for the greatest reduction in emissions, by 512,000 kgs. Reduced energy consumption, down 8.66% year-on-year, from 8.77m kWh in 2012 to 8.01m kWh in 2013, was also a major factor in reduced carbon emissions, saving 317,663 kgs of CO2.
Commitment to sustainability underlines responsible business
“Social and environmental dimensions are more important than ever to the sustainability of our business. Our commitment to sustainability demonstrates that we act with integrity and responsibility.”
A clear reduction:
36.2% decrease in emissions
as compared to base year 2010