Each and every action that we take in our daily activity has an impact on the environment but, if we all do our bit, that impact can be reduced. Santander is joining Earth Hour to raise awareness of the impact we can have on our environment.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing modern society. People, institutions and businesses should know that small changes in their daily activity can reduce our impact on the environment. To raise awareness of this, Santander will once again joining Earth Hour – an initiative by WWF.
Through a symbolic gesture, which involves turning off the lights in our main buildings for one hour, it is indicative of wider change we are implementing to improve our impact on the environment.
Measures for reducing our environmental footprint
We have been quantifying our consumption of energy, and the generation of waste and greenhouse gas emissions in our buildings since 2001. Since 2011, we have been implementing various energy efficiency and sustainability plans to ensure that our environmental impact is as low as possible.
Through the 2016-2018 efficiency plan, we put 250 initiatives in place with an investment of €69.8 million. These initiatives in the efficiency plan centre mainly on saving energy and reducing raw materials, waste and emissions. As a result, we managed to reduce our electricity consumption by 9%, greenhouse gas emissions by 9% and use of paper by 26% in the ten main countries where we operate.
But we want to go further still and achieve even better results in the future. So, the 2019-2021 efficiency plan includes new measures aimed to remove all single-use plastics from our offices and ensure that 60% of all the electricity we consume comes from renewable sources.
Thanks to all these initiatives, Santander was acknowledged by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2019 as the most sustainable bank in the world. Reducing human impact on the planet is a necessary global commitment, which requires the commitment of everyone in society – individuals, companies and government. And now, more than ever, is the time to take action to achieve a sustainable change in the world we live in.