At Santander Group headquarters in Boadilla, host to more than 8,000 employees, we have a recycling facility of over 1,000 square meters where 30 different types of waste, after being sorted, are collected.
We're the first financial institution in Spain to be "Zero Waste" certified by AENOR. This certification recognises that at least 90% of the waste generated at Santander Group headquarters in Spain is reintroduced into the value chain. So far this year we've sorted 1.9 million kilos of waste at our recycling facility.
Thanks to the measures adopted relating to our management model, teams, employee training and raising employee awareness, we've managed to significantly reduce CO2 emissions.
We will continue to work on strengthening our AENOR-certified management system and on integrating "Zero Waste" accreditation into our daily tasks at SGC. We aim to continue reducing the amount of waste we produce and have put plans in place to gradually reduce further. Over the past three years, we have cut the amount of waste generated by 23%.
In 2021, we hope to cut packaging waste by 12% and will introduce other measures such as eliminating paper placemats in SGC cafeterias, introducing recycled paper napkins, providing biodegradable glasses and switching to more sustainable vending machines in all of our buildings.
This certification is a testament to our commitment to sustainability, respect for the environment and cooperation with the circular economy as a responsible bank. This commitment rests on three pillars: reduce, reuse and recycle.