Protecting the environment

Data and trends

Our goals and achievements in 2008
Our goals for 2008 Status What we have done Priorities in 2009
Establish a vision and environment strategy for 2011 tick
The Group Environment Committee undertook a review of the environment strategy to align it with the overall Group strategy through to 2011
  • Roll out the Building Environment Assessment Standard (EAS). All GEMS buildings to achieve a score of 50 per cent on BEAS
  • Implementation of vision and environment strategy for 2011
  • Develop revised environment policy; and
  • Broaden engagement with internal and external stakeholders through innovative media such as film and online education
Launch an interactive social networking environment portal for employees tick
Greenstorming launched in April 2008, a social networking portal for employees
Establish Country Environment Committees across the Bank tick
Country Environment Committees established across the Bank
Meet environment targets – 10 per cent reduction targets per full-time employee (FTE) have been set for CO2 emissions related to air travel and energy use, 20 per cent reduction for paper use, using 2006 baseline data tick
Environment reduction targets met for period 2006–2008. Achieved a reduce of 14 per cent, 22 per cent and 20 per cent respectively
Migrate Environmental Information Management System to a web-based quarterly reporting platform (EIMS) tick
EIMS launched in 2008 and all environmental data is now reported through this platform which enables more regular reporting and analysis

2011 goals

  • Reduce paper use by 50 per cent per FTE by 2011
  • Reduce air travel emissions by 35 per cent per FTE by 2011
  • Reduce building energy use in owned buildings by 10 per cent per square metre by 2011

Total paper consumption/Full-time employee

Total paper consumption/FTE

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Total Scope 1 and 2 emissions/Full-time employee

Total Scope 1 and 2 emissions/FTE

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Air travel emissions/Full-time employee

Air travel/FTE

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Measure Units 2006 2007 2008 2007 2008
        Total emissions (GEMS + footprint data) Total emissions (GEMS + footprint data)
Number of offices reporting   43 52 81  
Net internal area of reporting offices covered m2 354,2381 394,9361 566,473  
Full-time employees (FTE) covered FTE 28,453 38,850 47,645  
Energy Consumption & GHG emissions            
Total energy consumption GWh/year 152 161 219 440 474
Total energy consumption/m2 kWh/m2/year 4292 4082 387 328 324
  kWh/FTE/year 5,342 4,144 4,596    
Scope 1 emissions
(electricity generated on-site)
tonnes CO2/year 2,608 4,977 6,752 11,436 14,913
Scope 2 emissions
(imported electricity)
tonnes CO2/year 93,1603 93,9283 131,935 209,127 254,989
Total Scope 1 & 2 emissions tonnes CO2/year 95,7683 98,9053 138,687 220,563 269,902
Total Scope 1 & 2 emissions/FTE tonnes CO2/FTE/year 3.373 2.553 2.91    
Air travel emissions tonnes CO2/year 29,475 27,508 37,696 58,354 50,262
Air travel/FTE tonnes CO2/FTE/year 0.97 0.79 0.764    
Total CO2 emissions tonnes CO2/year 125,243 126,413 176,383 278,917 320,163
Total CO2 emissions/FTE5 tonnes CO2/FTE/year 4.40 3.25 3.70    
Total paper consumption ktonnes/year 1.7 1.8 2.2 3.1 3.9
Total paper consumption/FTE kg/FTE/year 59 47 47 45 50
Total solid waste ktonnes/year 2.8 2.8 4.4 4.4 6.5
Total solid waste/FTE kg/FTE/year 98 73 95 63 83
Percentage solid waste reused or recycled % 25 25 25    
Total water consumption ML/year 677 873 993 1,980 1,806
Total water consumption/FTE m3/FTE/year 24 22 21 28 24
Legal Compliance            
Reported environmental prosecutions   none none none    
Number of suppliers   23,373 20,417 28,860    
Total spent on procurement   $1.5bn $2.0bn $2.47bn    
The Bank’s internal verification of reported data revealed that some offices incorrectly reported floor area as gross area instead of net area. Corrections were made to rectify inaccuracies in offices floor area reported in the 2006 and 2007 environmental data.
The total energy consumption per m2 (kWh/m2/year) figures for 2006 and 2007 were changed as a result of corrections to the offices net internal area reported.
The Bank's CO2 emissions per kilowatt hour of energy consumption for 2008 were calculated using the latest country specific conversion factors available from the International Energy Agency (‘CO2 Emissions From Fuel Combustion, 2008 Edition’). In order to have a consistent and common basis comparison of the Bank's actual energy consumption and CO2 emissions between 2006–2008, the energy CO2 emissions for both 2006 and 2007 were recalculated using the latest available country specific CO2 emissions per kilowatt hour conversion factors.
Travel data for 2008 were based on reliable data obtained from China, Hong Kong, Korea, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. FTE figures were based on total Bank staff populations for these operations rather than just the populations of the GEMS offices.
Freight CO2 emissions have been excluded from the total CO2 emissions figures in 2008 as past estimates showed it constituted less than five per cent of the Bank's total CO2 emissions. Accurate and reliable freight emissions data were also not available to many of the Bank’s country operations that had first started reporting environmental data in 2007 and 2008.