11. Usage of Natural Resources

The company discloses the extent to which natural resources are used for the company’s business activities. Possible options here are materials, the input and output of water, soil, waste, energy, land and biodiversity as well as emissions for the life cycles of products and services.

Deutsche Hypo’s expertise lies in the provision of finance in commercial real estate banking. The Bank therefore does not consume any noteworthy resources in its business activities. Nevertheless, the Bank continually strives to limit the impact of its business activities on the environment. Therefore the implementation of a policy for the environmental impact of Deutsche Hypo’s business activities is planned for the future. The aim of this will be to prevent or reduce as far as possible the direct and indirect negative environmental impact of business activities.

12. Resource Management

The company discloses what qualitative and quantitative goals it has set itself with regard to its resource efficiency, in particular its use of renewables, the increase in raw material productivity and the reduction in the usage of ecosystem services, which measures and strategies it is pursuing to this end, how these are or will be achieved, and where it sees there to be risks.

The economical use of paper, water and energy as well as the prevention and recycling of waste are key levers of resource management in Deutsche Hypo.

Together with the parent company NORD/LB, the plan continues to be to achieve the environmental protection goals even more effectively in future. It is envisaged that greater emphasis will be placed on sustainability considerations not only in energy and resource management, but also mobility.

Key Performance Indicators to criteria 11 to 12

Key Performance Indicator G4-EN1
Materials used by weight or volume. Link

This performance indicator is of little relevance for a service company in the finance sector. Only the consumption of paper is considered to be meaningful. Paper consumption in 2015 totalled 13 t. All of the paper purchased – printing paper, copying paper and envelopes (85% of the total paper purchased) -– was marked with sustainability labels. Because all externally-printed publications of Deutsche Hypo are printed by climate-neutral means on FSC-certified paper, 100% of the paper consumed has a sustainability label.

Key Performance Indicator G4-EN3
Energy consumption within the organisation. Link

Heating energy consumption for the company building (including sub-leased areas) totalled around 441,000 kWh in 2015 (previous year: 450,000 kWh), while power consumption totalled 840,000 kWh (655,000 kWh). Some of the consumption data is distorted by Deutsche Hypo's acquisition of a new building in November 2014, due both to the remainder of the construction work in the new building and to the differing standards in the former buildings. The sub-leases have resulted in 100 additional employees being included in the consumption data.

Key Performance Indicator G4-EN6
Reduction of energy consumption. Link

Deutsche Hypo's overall direct and indirect energy consumption was reduced by 9.5% when compared to the same period in the previous year.

Key Performance Indicator G4-EN8
Total water withdrawal by source. Link

Water consumption in 2015 came to 2,619 m3 (previous year: 6,148 m3). This water is drinking water from the public water supply. Some of the consumption data is distorted by Deutsche Hypo's acquisition of a new building in November 2014, due both to the remainder of the construction work in the new building and to the differing standards in the former buildings. The sub-leases have resulted in 100 additional employees being included in the consumption data.

Key Performance Indicator G4-EN23
Total weight of waste by type and disposal method. Link

Waste by type and method of disposal in 2015:
• Recycling: 8 t (previous year: 9 t)
• Incineration: 11 t (previous year: 15.2 t)

Reusable materials are recycled as far as possible. Hazardous waste is disposed of as required by law. Waste is separated strictly at Deutsche Hypo’s sites. Containers for organic waste, packaging and residual waste have been installed at central locations for this purpose.

13. Climate-Relevant Emissions

The company discloses the GHG emissions in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol or standards based on it and states the goals it has set itself to reduce emissions, as well as its results thus far.

Deutsche Hypo attaches importance to improving the Bank’s eco-efficiency by reducing resources, energy and emissions. The procurement of the new headquarters at the end of 2014 has enabled Deutsche Hypo to increase its energy efficiency considerably. The new building achieves big improvements in the Bank’s eco-efficiency, as strict sustainability standards were adhered to in its construction. In June 2016, the building received a “platinum” certification by the German Sustainable Building Council (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen e.V.). In addition, the targets of the Energy Saving Regulation (Energieeinsparverordnung) in 2011, the year in which the building was planned, were beaten by 15%. Since 1 January 2016, Deutsche Hypo has procured power from renewable sources for its headquarters in Hanover. At present, Deutsche Hypo has not defined any additional reduction targets since the bank as a service provider has no other options available.

Key Performance Indicators to criteria 13

Key Performance Indicator G4-EN15
Direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 1). Link

Direct greenhouse gas emissions in 2015 came to 91 t (previous year: 188 t).

Key Performance Indicator G4-EN16
Indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 2). Link

Indirect energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in 2015 came to 536 t (previous year: 341 t).

Key Performance Indicator G4-EN17
Other indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 3). Link

Other indirect greenhouse gas emissions in 2015 came to 131 t (previous year: 310 t).

Key Performance Indicator G4-EN19
Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Link

Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions in 2015 came to 758 t – in 2014 this value was 838 t, representing a reduction of 9.5%.