We're committed to understanding and managing the impacts and dependencies of our business on the environment.
Why is this important?
Our direct environmental impact is primarily a result of building occupancy, equipment use (in particular in our data centres) and travel. The key environmental impacts of these activities are resource use (paper) and the generation of carbon emissions and waste.
We focus on understanding how we use resources so that we can minimise waste and reduce consumption and thus reduce our environmental impact. Where we can, we look for opportunities to re-use and recycle.
What do we do?
We’re actively working on reducing our resource use and waste
- Paper and printing: Through digital initiatives and improved processes we’ve reduced our paper use across our global operations by 20% between 2017 and 2018 alone.
- Recycled paper: In Australia, we use 100% recycled and National Carbon Offset Standard certified carbon neutral paper. This paper is also certified as having come from sustainably managed forests.
- Reduced our energy use: To minimise our dependency on grid supplied electricity and our carbon emissions, we have installed solar panels on 79 of our branches, Business Banking Centres and our primary data centre, with a cumulative installed solar capacity of 2,661 kW (as at 30 September 2018).
- Reduced waste: Waste generation (combined waste to landfill and recycled materials) decreased by 16% (820 tonnes) across our global operations this year. 54% of waste generated was diverted from landfill.
We’ve obtained sustainable building certifications
We’re continually making improvements to the way we operate our buildings and we select equipment to reduce the environmental impact of our business activities. We also work with our suppliers to help us reduce our environmental footprint further, while encouraging them to do the same. We are also focussed on ensuring that our buildings are designed, built and operated to best practice standards, and 78% of our key Australian office buildings are Green Star rated.
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