ASB today announced it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by December 2012, based on 2008 levels.
The bank was committed to managing its impact on the environment responsibly and effectively while helping to build a sustainable future for all New Zealanders, chief executive Charles Pink said.
“We recognise that the way we manage our business and our resources has an impact on the environment and the community and we are committed to making the right decisions,” he said.
He said the target, based on 2008 levels, was an important part of the bank’s overall sustainable business strategy.
“It will help to drive ongoing improvements in efficiency and demonstrates our commitment to improved environmental performance.”
Other ASB initiatives already up and running include: upgrades to lighting and air conditioning in offices and branches, improvements in energy data systems and control mechanisms, automated overnight PC shutdown for all staff, green technology projects to improve energy efficiency, and encouraging staff to use video and phone conferencing technology instead of air travel.
“We believe it is important to take action now to achieve our business vision and deliver world class service to our customers, colleagues and community. Our environmental initiatives are an integral part of this commitment.”
ASB’s sustainable business manager Tanya Stocks told NBR the new initiatives were “just good business.”
“Some things are expensive within the programme, for example the move to virtualise all our servers, but most of it is pretty cost effective.”
She said simple changes such as changing printer settings to only print double-sided and black and white could make a big difference.
This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags
- SecureCom buys Atmospheric, the Microsoft NZ Partner of the Year gone bust
- 9 Spokes accelerates efforts to get into US
- Sky will take a gamble and put Westworld, aka 'the next Game of Thrones' on Neon
- AngelEquity launches with three investment offers
- 'Real housewife' lawyers up, accuses Devoy of bullying, defamation
Most listened to
- 9 Spokes CEO Mark Estall on his company's progress since listing.
- BusinessNZ CEO Kirk Hope - Upbeat on the economy, but worried about private debt
- SecureCom director Greg Mikklesen on buying Atmospheric
- Balkan borders and Kashmir killings on Foreign Affairs Scope with Nathan Smith
- Ironically, Trump showed the lack of stamina he had accused Clinton of, says NBR's Rob Hosking