Environment - BNP Paribas United Kingdom
BNP Paribas UK Engagement

We believe that banking groups like BNP Paribas have a vital role to play in supporting the transition to a low carbon economy. This starts with a commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our own operations: by engaging with our employees and working in partnership with our suppliers, we can drive positive action in these areas and beyond:

Carbon emissions

We are supporting the BNP Paribas Group targets to reduce our carbon emissions per employee by 25% by 2020. In 2017 we achieved a 14% reduction in the UK against our 2012 baseline, while retaining our Carbon Trust Standard certification for carbon management and launching our first UK carbon management strategy, which targeted energy efficiency and travel reduction.

Renewable energy

In 2017, 55% of our UK electricity needs were met with renewable energy, supported by certified green tariffs with plans to increase this further.

Waste & recycling

We are committed to improving the our recycling efforts and tackling plastic pollution with the phasing out of single-use plastics from our main UK offices by 2020.

We continue to reduce paper use by investing in digital solutions, while adhering to a paper sourcing policy: 81% of paper we use comes from certified sustainable sources.

Advancing climate change awareness

BNP Paribas UK saw the launch in 2018 of Everyday Heroes, a photo-essay exhibition conveying the bank’s vision of renewable energy solutions in the UK, as well as a climate change competition that challenged employees to submit ideas aimed at drastically reducing our carbon footprint across all of our operations. The winning team will visit the Arctic, where they will see at first hand the effect of human activity on the polar ice caps.

Certifications

To act as a framework for environmental management, we’ve implemented environmental management systems certified to the ISO 14001:2015 standard, with currently 62% of our UK operations certified.

Explore in depth…

… our UK environmental policies

… our Group efforts in CSR