With the objective to reduce our environmental footprint
Alpha Bank adopts a responsible environmental conduct in its daily operation, aimed at minimising its environmental footprint. To this end, it has incorporated environmental criteria in its business operations and strives to ensure the proper management of energy in all its installations.Acknowledging the impact of its activities on the environment, the Bank seeks to constantly improve its environmental performance, by implementing consumption measurement and recording systems in the major areas affected, such as building installations and renovations, water, heating oil and electricity consumption, as well as recycling of materials and the withdrawal of polluting ones.
The environmental management system of the place in the Bank encompasses activities in all areas that burden the environment:
The Bank makes efficient use of the materials available, monitors regularly and seeks to reduce the consumption of electricity, water and petrol, and is in parallel gradually substituting heating oil with natural gas.
It also conserves fuels and minimises waste production (recycling or removal).
In all new buildings, as well as in renovating old ones, particular care is taken to take advantage of natural light.
The Bank follows closely the advancements in LED lighting technology and has already replaced lighting sources in over 50% of its Branches with corresponding LED ones.
It is the Bank's standing policy to invest in computer systems and modify procedures so as to take advantage of electronic communication, both within and outside the Bank, with the aim of restricting the use of paper-based files to the minimum necessary.
For the last five years, the Bank has been using low energy consumption, 75gr/m2 “eco-efficient” PEFC certified copier paper purchased from large, ISO 14001 certified paper mills. The consumption of paper per Employee must correspond to the absolutely necessary needs and the amount spent on paper supplies is set on an annual basis for each Division. Waste paper, both shredded and non-shredded, is collected for recycling.
In the Branches, non-bleached, 100% recyclable paper hand towels are used, produced by an ISO 14001 certified paper mill.
Use of environment-friendly materials, recycling and management of polluting materials
Plastic materials are avoided in warehouse packaging and deliveries. Specialist certified firms were employed to remove medium voltage power transformers using Clofen-type insulating oil (PCBs) deployed in some buildings, and the Bank has received the certificates of their elimination, after they were safely thermally destructed abroad.
The removal of lead-acid batteries (battery type appliances used in UPS, Generating Sets, alarm systems etc.) is also undertaken by certified companies, as part of an effort to recycle such appliances in accordance with Community and national legislation on the protection of the environment.
The Bank purchases air-conditioning units using the eco-friendly R410 refrigerant and is continuously updating obsolete technology air conditioning installations in its buildings.
Finally, the fire extinguishers used contain the FM200 fire suppression agent, which has been judged environment-friendly and harmless to humans.
The companies from which the Bank purchases cleaning materials and the firms assigned with cleaning work are contractually bound to supply and/or use materials which as a minimum are approved by the National Chemical Laboratory and, if possible, be Ecolabel certified.
In purchasing supplies for printing and IT equipment, the priority is to opt for refurbished toners and drums, where possible, with these supplies currently accounting for over 70% of the total quantity ordered.
In what concerns purchases of fixed equipment of considerable value, suppliers are required to provide evidence of their participation in the system for the alternative management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
The Bank promotes collaboration with domestic and local suppliers and adopts a responsible environmental conduct towards its associates and suppliers, as well as towards society in general.
BuildingsWorkplaces are designed and constructed so as to ensure the best possible conditions for Personnel and Customers and are built and maintained using environment-friendly materials.
Every 15 to 20 years, the Branches undergo complete renovation, to ensure that use is made of the latest systems and infrastructure.
The Bank respects the architectural heritage of each area, attaches particular significance to retaining the local character upon building or renovating its Branches, and always uses modern, environment-friendly materials.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that the new building at 103 Athinon Ave., with a total area of 20,000 sq.m., has been designated as bioclimatic, according to a study carried out by the Physics Department of the University of Athens. The architectural design seeks to optimise the use of sunlight and incident wind, taking into account the building’ s orientation. Suitable apertures and fans regulate the penetration of sunlight and the inflow of air in order to warm or cool, respectively, the building’s indoor areas. Environment-friendly energy systems in buildings refer mainly to the use of heat exchangers to take advantage of the energy which otherwise would be released to the environment, and to the use of automated Building Management Systems for monitoring and regulating the building’s climatic parameters.