Our energy and climate strategy

As a company with global activities, we take climate change very seriously. We adopted a comprehensive energy and climate strategy in 2007 with a commitment to effective environment action in all our activities. The Environmental Steering Committee (ESC) strives to reconcile the three pillars of our strategy with economic developments.

The three pillars of our energy and climate strategy

Our energy and climate strategy defines three essential roles in which Deutsche Bank has actively committed itself to the environment: as a financial intermediary, as an eco-efficiency manager and as a climate ambassador.

Financial intermediary

Deutsche Bank uses its market expertise to support the transition to a clean and energy-efficient global economy. One important element of our activities is financing for infrastructure solutions that promote renewable energy – a segment in which Deutsche Bank has already taken a leading role.

Eco-efficiency manager

With a view to our own eco-efficiency, Deutsche Bank has set the goal of reducing its carbon footprint and making the business operations climate-neutral by 2013. Among other things, we are steadily improving our energy efficiency and are switching to renewable energy.

Climate ambassador

Deutsche Bank provides strategic consulting on various projects to promote private investment in clean energy and technologies, through specialist research teams and cooperation with political decision-makers. Initiatives such as the GET FiT program and Desertec are examples.

Die drei Grundpfeiler unserer Energie- und Klimastrategie

Current developments

Sustainable operations

We achieved climate neutrality in 2013


Catchword: Climate Performance Leadership Index

For the second consecutive year, our commitment to environmental sustainability has earned Deutsche Bank a place in the CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI). CDP (formerly: Carbon Disclosure Project) is a non-profit organization that asks the largest stock-exchange-listed companies worldwide to publish their greenhouse gas emissions and the measures taken to reduce these every year. The results show how effectively companies tackle the issue of climate change and how transparent they are in reporting their results. These results are reflected in the CPLI. Our score of 91 of 100 disclosure points (2012: 90) and an A rating for performance (2012: A) places us among 57 companies in the CPLI, demonstrating a strong approach to climate strategy and emissions reduction.

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