Environmental footprint and energy saving plan
Since 2009, Grupo Santander has been measuring and monitoring its environmental footprint, i.e. the consumption, waste and emissions produced by the Group’s installations worldwide. As a result, the Group is aware of its real impact on the environment and can detect how to minimize the impact and become a more environmentally-friendly institution.
In 2014, Banco Santander implemented the Archibus's Green Building tool as means of better managing and dealing with its environmental indicators.
Energy saving plan
In 2012, Banco Santander launched its first an energy efficiency plan, 20-20-15, with the aim of reducing energy consumption by 20% and CO2 emissions by 20% by 2015.
In 2016 a new plan, approved by the Sustainability committee, has been launched, incorporating the experience and learnings of the 20-20-15 plan. This new plan entails deploying of over 200 measures designed to reduce energy consumption in buildings (-9%), reduce the consumption of paper (-4%), reduce the emission of greenhouse gases (-9%)*, and raise awareness of and sensitivity towards environmental issues among the Group's staff in the period 2016-2018.
- The scope of the measures taken to reduce electricity consumption and carbon emissions includes: Energy automation and monitoring in branches, use of movement detectors and exterior lighting control systems, replacement of lamps and other lighting by more efficient technologies, tighter control of turning on and off lighting, better regulation of comfort temperatures and upgrading equipment with to reduce emissions and consumption. Also, replacing business trips with remote communications (video conferences, etc.), and purchasing green energy in Spain and United Kingdom.
- Paperless banking: Banco Santander has carried out a number of projects to save paper in commercial banking operations in several countries, such as Spain, Poland, Mexico and Brazil.