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INTERVIEW : FRANK BRUYNSTEEN, HEAD OF FACILITY MANAGEMENT AT BNP PARIBAS FORTIS

Can you tell us about your main environmental initiatives in 2014?

The environment is a daily concern at all levels of the company. Representatives from all bank departments come together in the Sustainability Board to draw up their own environment policy, which is ably supportedat the team level by our network of 250 EcoCoaches. In terms of our carbon footprint, “office sharing” is becoming general practice in our administrative buildings. This considerably reduces the number of square metres an employee uses and in turn makes a significant contribution to our CO2 reduction targets. Our highest energy consuming branches have been equipped with a system to monitor consumption remotely with a view to reducing it. We have also moved out of our Montagne du Parc head office, a 1970s building, once and for all. We are now embarking on a project to replace it with a low-energy, high-performance building. Finally, the renewal of our ISO 14001:2004 certificate does, I believe, recognise the significant amount of work our teams have accomplished in terms of the environment.

How have you managed to commit employees to reducing paper use?

Printing by employees fell by 8% between 2013 and 2014 thanks to our “Paper Challenge”, a competition organised by our admin services. We send employeesa monthly email citing their printing volume, which not only serves as encouragement but is also an opportunity to communicate good practice. The biggest challenge is to halt the automatic reflex and to print only what is necessary.

MORE ABOUT… THE BNP PARIBAS PAPER POLICY

The BNP Paribas “Paper Challenge” is a good example of the action BNP Paribas is taking to reduce paper consumption. The Group’s target of reducing this by 15% per employee within three years has already been achieved (more information on page 59).

JAPAN

CERTIFIED OFFICES

The Gran Tokyo North Tower, where the Group has its offices, was certified as one of the top 30 most energy-efficient buildings in Tokyo and as part of a strategy to reduce CO2 emissions in the city by 25% between 2000 and 2020. The building meets innovative specifications: it is heated by recovering heat from a shop, solar films on glass façades, etc.

Photo : Japan - The BNP Paribas offices in Tokyo are located in the “Gran Tokyo North Tower”, certified as one of the 30 buildings with the best energy performance in the city.

GROUP

BANKING LEADER IN THE GREEN RANKINGS

As a result of its control over direct impacts, and of its financing policies, BNP Paribas scored highly in 2014 in terms of extra-financial environmental ratings. The Group came second among the major global banks for its environmental performances in Bloomberg’s World’s Greenest Banks ranking. It was the only French bank selected and ranked first in the environment category at the 2014 SAM Robeco awards. This performance was confirmed by Sustainalytics which also named it as the leader in this category. BNP Paribas was also included in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index France with a score of 95/100 and A minus.

Finally, the Group is one of the 8% of institutions with the best results in the banking-insurance sector in the FTSE4Good responsible rating index.

Photo : France - BNP Paribas has begun using the technology developed by Qarnot Computing to recover heat from IT equipment with a view to heating offices and social housing.

FRANCE

FROM THE DATA CENTRE TO THE RADIATOR

BNP Paribas became the first French bank to use the “Q Rad” digital radiator, fitted by the innovative social company Qarnot Computing. This solution uses the heat generated by the Group’s computers and servers to heat offices and social housing for free. Thanks to this partnership, BNP Paribas’ GECD Department should be able to reduce CO2 emissions from some of its information systems.