Environmental efficiency


New energy efficient head-office

The environmental targets for the new headquarters are ambitious and comprise, among other things, a 50 per cent reduction in energy consumption and in greenhouse gas emissions per employee compared with current levels. The main energy sources will be renewable, including thermal energy from seawater.

The buildings’ location at a public transport junction, combined with few parking spaces, an electric car pool and cycle parking facilities will encourage employees and customers to choose environmentally-friendly means of transport.

The environmental criteria for procurement, green IT and good solutions for sorting waste material for subsequent recycling will also provide environmental benefits, including a substantial reduction in the amount of waste.

New working methods

DNB’s two main sources of greenhouse gas emissions are business travel and energy consumption. A new, standardized PC platform for the Group will facilitate the use of web meetings, online chat and document sharing, thereby reducing the need for physical meetings and travel.

Environmental certification

lighthouseDNB certify its building in Norway through the Eco-Lighthouse program, a Norwegian public certificate recommended by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment. In order to be awarded an environment certificate, the company must fulfill a number of requirements within areas such as procurement, energy consumption, transportation, waste management and health, safety and environment.

Read more about Eco-Lighthouse here.

Carbon audit

In order to set targets and implement measures to reduce the Group’s greenhouse gas emissions, a carbon audit is drawn up each year, quantifying direct emissions from the heating of buildings, transport using the Group’s own vehicles, waste, purchased electricity, district heating/cooling, as well as purchased goods and services such as paper and air travel. The audit is based on the most frequently used international standard used to measure greenhouse gas emissions, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative (the GHG Protocol), which has been developed by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Travel and transport

DNB has special guidelines for employees and others who travel on behalf of the DNB Group. The Group’s employees must assess the necessity of each business trip in relation to its financial and environmental consequences. Furthermore, it must be assessed whether alternative forms of communication, such as telephone meetings, web solutions or video conferences, can replace face-to-face meetings. The objective is to minimize possible negative influences on the environment as travel is a central source of greenhouse gas emissions.
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Compensating for emissions by purchasing quotas

Through DNB Finans, leasing customers are offered a solution to make car fleets carbon neutral through the purchase of UN approved CO2 quotas. In 2011, the purchase of CO2 quotas by leasing customers compensated for the emission of 3 074 tons CO2, triple the 2009 figure. In addition, Autolease, which offers solutions within car financing and fleet management to corporate customers, compensated for 221 tons of CO2 emissions from its own operations through quota purchases.

Autolease’s quota purchases have been used to finance a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). CDM is a ”flexible” mechanism defined in the Kyoto Protocol. The mechanism promotes sustainable development and emission reductions, while allowing industrialized countries flexibility with respect to how they fulfill their emission reduction targets.
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