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Impact on the environment

We are continuously monitoring our energy consumption and we are trying to reduce it through various activities, thereby raising the awareness of our staff about the importance of caring for the environment. We regularly send personalised e-mails to our staff to remind them of the mandatory shutdown of their computers after hours, turning off the air conditioning and heating at the weekend, and the separation of used paper from other waste for recycling.

With the aim of promoting the idea of protecting the environment and raising awareness about this burning issue, every year on June 5th, we celebrate World Environmental Day with appropriate campaigns. This day is celebrated on the anniversary of the United Nations Conference in Stockholm (1972) dedicated to the environment, when the United Nations Environment Programme was adopted.

Paper waste and plastic are collected separately by a contracted company that recycles them. The contracted company also separately collects and transports hazardous waste, such as cartridges, in accordance with the laws and regulations.
In line with new environmental legislation, our two heads of waste management successfully completed a three-day training session in December 2015.
The duplex copying of documents, which we have introduced as a standard, reusable envelopes and other similar activities have resulted in a continuous reduction of paper consumption.

Paper consumption

There has been a reduction of paper consumption during the past six years of more than 100,000 kg and an increase in the use of recycled paper by more than 250,000 kg during the same period. Also, all the envelopes that have been used at the Bank since June 2012 are made of recycled paper and A4 paper for automatic paper stacking. We use recycled paper for printing and envelopes, and we use kunstdruck or art paper for printed advertising material.

Energy consumption

The installation of energy-efficient light bulbs and electrical ballasts to reduce energy consumption for lighting has become a common practice. When replacing worn-out equipment, the rule is that this equipment is replaced with equipment containing optimised features. Classic light bulbs are replaced with energy-efficient light bulbs, air conditioners are replaced with inverter technology with a higher degree of energy efficiency; when building, we use materials and elements with high-quality insulating properties, we use LED lighting for advertising signs, and we install ventilation with heat recovery.
As a result of efforts in this direction, in January 2013 we became an official partner of the GreenLight Programme.
In 2016, we spent a total of 17,342.7 MWh of electricity.

In 2016, the following energy-efficient equipment was installed in our offices:
• At the Valpovo Center office, 85 LED lighting fixtures were installed
• At the Split III office, 60 LED lighting fixtures were installed
• At the Split III office, heat recovery was installed in the ventilation system
• At the Stradun office, heat recovery was installed in the ventilation system

We are taking a series of active measures to contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. In addition to the previously purchased electric mopeds (without CO2), the old Bank cars for carpooling have been replaced with eco-friendly cars with low CO2 emissions. Today, we use the following for carpooling:
- 2% of the cars meet the Euro 4 standard
- 83% of the cars meet the Euro 5 standard
- 13% of the cars meet the Euro 6 standard
- 2% electric mopeds

As for future plans, we will continue to implement measures consistent with our environmental policy and promote the responsible use of natural resources, especially the efficient use of energy and paper, and proper waste disposal. We will also strive to improve employee training, informing and raising public awareness regarding environmental problems.