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.

Rentenbank is committed to using natural resources carefully. Negative impacts on the environment should be avoided if possible, consumables should be used efficiently and resources should be acquired from regenerative or sustainably managed sources.

Energy
In 2020, Rentenbank used 102.783 m³ of gas (133,315 m³ in 2019), 723,364 kWh of electricity (833,260 kWh in 2019) and 23,032 l of heating oil (16.581 l in 2019).

Paper
In 2020, Rentenbank used 1,178,000 pages of photocopy paper (1,433,300 pages in 2019), 60,000 padded envelopes C4, C5, C6/5 and B4 (58,000 in 2019), 12,000 rolls of toilet paper (13,000 rolls in 2019); 384 rolls and 1,110 packets of rolls and folded towels (630 rolls and 555 packets in 2019).

Water and sewage
Rentenbank is making an effort to continually reduce water consumption. All our water intake is from the local water supply. We use the existing public infrastructure for our waste water.

We were able to reduce our water consumption from 5,648 m³ in 2019 to 3,346 m³ in 2020. Per capita consumption in 2020 was 9.755 litres, so theoretically each employee used 48% less water. However, significantly fewer employees were present in our building due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A large part of the reduction may be attributed to this. Savings in comparison with 2019 will also be made in the future due to the modernisation of our building.

Rentenbank disposes of its waste water into the public sewage infrastructure. This consists of household waste water.

Fuels used by our fleet
Rentenbank makes use of 13 fleet vehicles. In 2020, we are pleased to say that there was a reduction in fuel consumption of 17% (5,513 l motor fuel in 2020; 6,618 l motor fuel in 2019). Nevertheless, the main driver for this reduction was the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore we cannot reckon with a consistently low level in the future.

Refuse
We did not have any hazardous waste. Non-hazardous waste such as non-recyclable waste, organic waste or packaging increased compared to the previous year (93.87 t in 2019, 115.43 t in 2020). The proportion of paper, cardboard and cardboard boxes increased from 16.5% in 2019 (15.54 t) to 29.19% in 2020 (33.7 t). The increase is due to the move and the associated disposal of old documents.