KBC has defined environmental responsibility as one of its focus areas because we recognise more than ever that our operations and businesses have an impact on the environment. To limit our direct and indirect impact on global warming, we have started a group-wide programme to reduce our own environmental footprint.
In the run-up to the ‘Paris UN Conference on climate change’ (COP21) in December 2015, KBC Group emphasised this engagement by signing the ‘Message from Belgian stakeholders in support of the COP21’.
- KBC Group has committed to reducing its own GHG emissions by at least 20% - absolute and per FTE - by 2020 (relative to 2015 and excluding commuter travel). This target has been translated by each core country into local action plans.
- All core countries obtained ISO 14001 certification in 2017.
Here you find an overview of our achievements. More detailed information will be published in the Sustainability Report of KBC Group.
Our environmental footprint
Group wide data on the environmental impact are collected since 2015.
|KBC Group environmental footprint||2017||2016 (3)||2015 (3)|
|Coverage (% of FTE) (1)||100%||100%||100%|
|Total energy consumption (in GJ)||1 114 701||1 155 113||1 171 761|
||632 036||682 822||705 350|
|Commuter and business travel (in passenger.km) (2)||372 103 805||380 136 286||389 875 623|
|Paper consumption (in tonnes)||3 644||3 922||4 592|
|Waste production (in tonnes)||5 332||5 755||8 285|
|Drinking water consumption (in m³)||346 913||399 714||466 099|
(1) Entities in countries that have less than 100 FTE are out of scope of the non-financial environmental data-gathering. For those entities we extrapolate based on per FTE data.
(2) Data on commuter travel are partly based on measured data, partly based on assumptions and partly based on extrapolated per FTE data.
(3) The 2015 and 2016 figures are adapted in line with the GHG Protocol guidance concerning recalculation of the base year emissions; they reflect the structural changes of the organisation in 2017 (the acquisition of UBB and Interlease in Bulgaria) and the improvement in accuracy of the data.
Our carbon footprint
The decreasing trend in the environmental footprint is reflected in KBC Group’s carbon footprint, which has decreased by 25.57% absolute and 24.87% per FTE from 126 542 tonnes CO2e (3.3 tonnes CO2e per FTE) in 2015 to 94 183 tonnes CO2e (2.48 CO2e per FTE) in 2017.
The emission reduction target of -20% between 2015 and 2020 excludes commuter travel. The related carbon footprint has already decreased by 28.89% absolute and 28.22% per FTE in 20176 (versus base year 2015) mainly due to the purchase of renewable electricity.
|KBC Group GHG emissions (in tonnes CO2e)||2017||2016||2015 (1)|
|Coverage (in % of FTE)||100%||100%||100%|
|Scope 1||41 730||42 555||42 749|
|Scope 2||27 551||41 867||55 407|
|Scope 3||24 903||25 964||28 387|
|Total - absolute||94 183||110 385||126 542|
|Total - per FTE||2,48||2,89||3,3|
|Covered by target - absolute||73 029||88 019||102 701|
|Covered by target - per FTE||1,92||2,3||2,68|
(1) The 2015 and 2016 figures are adapted in line with the GHG Protocol guidance concerning recalculation of the base year emissions; they reflect the structural changes of the organization in 2017 ( the acquisition of UBB and Interlease in Bulgaria) and the improvement in accuracy of the data.
For the second time on a row, for 2017 the underlying data and calculations of the GHG emissions of KBC Group have been verified by an external party in accordance with ISO14064-3. Vinçotte has verified the greenhouse gas assertion of KBC Group of 94 183.48 ton of CO2e to a level of reasonable assurance and concluded that the reported greenhouse gas emissions of KBC Group for 2017 are reliable and fairly stated.
ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 certification
The implementation of an ISO 14001 environmental management system in all our entities will lead to a continuous improvement of the environmental impact of KBC Group and contribute to the achievement of the GHG emission reduction target. Some entities decided to also introduce an ISO 50001 energy management system, that helps to efficiently reduce the use of energy.
|Country||Status ISO 14001 certificate||Status ISO 50001 certificate|
|Belgium||December 2009 (view certificate)||December 2015 (1)|
|Bulgaria||December 2016 (view certificate)|
|Czech Republic||June 2017 (view certificate)||June 2016|
|Hungary||December 2016 (view certificate)||December 2016|
|Ireland||May 2017 (view certificate)|
|Slovakia||December 2012 (view certificate)||November 2012|
Prior to the ISO 14001 certification and based on previous voluntary audits, KBC in Belgium has already received the Ecodynamic Business Label for its Havenlaan premises in Brussels and the West Flanders Environment Charter for its offices in that province.
In Belgium, KBC was able to register its support services for the EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) on 31 January 2013, making us the first Belgian financial institution to be admitted to this European programme. Read the statement of participation (in Dutch) and the public environmental statement (in Dutch).