Our ecological footprint

Working carbon neutral: minimising our impact on the planet

We want to minimise the negative impact of our business operations on the planet as much as possible and have been operating on a climate-neutral basis since 2013.

4.4 bn

kWh less power consumed in the year 2013 thanks to modern computer technology

What do we want to achieve?

Our contribution to a low-emission economy starts with us – that is why it is important to make all of our operational processes as environmentally friendly as possible. We also want to raise our employees’ awareness of how to use resources responsibly.

How are we implementing that?

We are improving our energy efficiency by reducing energy consumption and switching to renewable energy. In addition, we are reducing our consumption of water and paper, using environmentally friendly information technology, and aiming for a sustainable supply chain as well as improved waste management. In spite of an increase in global business activities, we have succeeded in stabilizing the number of business trips and the resulting emissions by making greater use of video conferencing.

The management board has confirmed the goal of maintaining carbon neutrality through 2020. This will be achieved through our continuing eco-efficiency efforts, the use of renewable energy, and supporting specific emission reduction projects in the developing world.

The numerous eco-efficiency measures that we have implemented throughout the group are not enough to completely avoid emissions of greenhouse gases. For that reason we compensate any residual emissions by purchasing and retiring certified emission reductions (CERs).

What have we achieved?

We set a target to make our operations carbon neutral by the end of 2012. The goal was achieved over a five-year period by reducing the Bank’s global carbon footprint by 20 percent a year since 2008. Today our operations are carbon neutral.

Our broad basket of climate change related activities earned Deutsche Bank a place in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for the second time in 2013, as one of 33 companies worldwide.

In 2012, we also won Gold in the Best Green Intelligent Buildings Awards. In the GreenIT Best Practice Awards 2012, we took first place in the Visionary Overall Concept category.

In 2013, 79% of our total electricity purchases come from certified renewable sources – mostly hydro and wind power.

Working carbon neutral

Infographic: Climate neutral and resource-efficient

Our ecological footprint is the result of the total sum of many individual aspects: everything from electricity consumption and business trips to our use of water and paper.

How do we ensure a responsible supply chain?

Our specific measures

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