Green IT: Energy efficiency at work
Our Green IT policy is specially designed to reduce the energy footprint from the information technology and communication infrastructure used at Deutsche Bank. We are pioneering designs and methods as well as developing eco-friendly concepts that are new to the banking industry and the wider real estate industry. In 2012, we successfully concluded the 8-point program for delivering an environmentally friendly IT infrastructure that we adopted in 2009, and thus contributed towards achieving our goal of climate neutrality.
DB New Workplace, our workplace standard in line with Green IT guidelines, has resulted in energy savings of nearly 76 percent per person. We have been able to save 4.5 million kWh of electricity a year at a total of almost 20,000 workplaces where the standard has been implemented. The quantity of paper for print-outs has been reduced by 25 percent. That is equal to 250 million pages saved – a pile that would be three times as high as Mount Everest. In 2011 we had already achieved our goal of a four-fold improvement in energy efficiency at our data centres. They now have four times the computing capacity per kilowatt hour of energy consumption than at the end of 2008. Our Eco Data Center in the greater New York area is a shining example: it uses outside air for cooling, thus eliminating the need for mechanical cooling. We have donated used IT hardware to various charitable organizations including youth centers, kindergardens, schools, as well as senior centers and homes.
Major investments in technology and tripling the use of video conferencing have ensured that meetings of this type have become a sensible alternative to business trips. As a result, the bank’s volume of business flights has remained stable in the last few years despite an increase in international business activities.
We are a member of the Advisory Council of The Green Grid, a leading global authority on resource efficient data centers and business computing ecosystems. Through this membership, we actively support the concept of Green IT. We benefit from this in two ways: On the one hand, we improve our internal operational capabilities; on the other, this active involvement underscores our role as a climate ambassador and contributes towards heightening awareness of resource efficiency and climate change.
sheets of paper have been saved
energy savings per person at locations with DB new workplace
Our 8-point program for a Green IT infrastructure
|1. Neutralize the bank’s IT carbon footprint, in line with the Group’s carbon-neutrality commitment||
|2. Create an eco-supplier program to assess the total impact of major IT purchases||
|3. Track the disposal of IT assets and ensure they are recycled responsibly wherever possible||
|4. Use technology to reduce business and commuter travel||
|5. Use technology to halve the paper used in offices||
|6. Double the utilization of next-generation hardware||
|7. Increase energy efficiency in major corporate data centers by four time||
|8. Halve individuals’ energy consumption in corporate offices||
By constantly reviewing and improving our performance, Deutsche Bank is committed to making Green IT even more successful in future.
“Our objective was to achieve a paradigm shift to an environmentally sustainable understanding of our IT infrastructure and lasting change in our designs, deployments and operating practices.”