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Our direct impact

Standard Bank Group (SBG) impacts directly on the environment through the consumption of energy and other resources in its day-to-day business activities. We have developed systems and processes to reduce our environmental footprint. These include our Environmental Management System, which allows us to track and manage energy, water, carbon emissions and waste management. In 2010, we set environmental targets for our South African operation using 2009 as a base year. This year we focused on improving the rigour of our data collection for all environmental indicators and increasing the scope of measurement. We increased the scope of measurement for our electricity consumption to 100% in South Africa, which will enable us to track our progress more accurately going forward. In 2013, we will work to extend the scope of our water, paper, waste and recycling data. The table below shows our progress for this reporting cycle.


During 2012, we piloted e-statements with our staff that hold Personal Current Accounts.

Progress against targets (gri EN1, EN4, EN5, EN7, EN8, EN18 and EN22)
Category Scope Progress made during the year
 Electricity consumed
We have expanded our scope of measurement from 63% of our key premises in 2011 to all premises in South Africa, including our branch network and ATMs.
2012 scope: 100% of South African operations.
Our target was: 15% reduction by 2015.
2015 target: 312 452 956 kilowatt hours (based on a full scope for 2012).
2012 measure: 367 591 713 kilowatt hours.
Progress: these figures are not comparable due to the increase in scope. Going forward, 2012 will be used as the baseline year for electricity consumption. We have already achieved savings in our head office building in Johannesburg and some other regional offices as a result of efficiency initiatives and renewable energy technologies implemented.
 Water consumed
The scope of our water consumption measurement remained unchanged.
2012 scope: nine key premises in South Africa, representing around 23% of our domestic operation.
Our target: 20% reduction by 2015.
2015 target: 269 589 kilolitres (based on 2009 baseline scope).
2012 measure: 319 055 kilolitres.
Progress: we have reduced our water consumption in our measured premises by 5% since 2009. Our focus for 2013 is to increase the scope of this measurement and establish a more accurate baseline, to find more ways of reducing our operational water footprint.
 General waste produced
The scope of this indicator includes our main premises and premises from which our waste suppliers are able to collect. The premises they collect from are not mutually exclusive. Our reported data for 2012 is 67% higher than 2011 due to improved data collection and an increased scope of premises.
Our target: 20% reduction by 2015.
2015 target: 542 tons (based on 2009 baseline scope).
2012 measure: 824 tons for our increased scope of which 399 tons came from premises in our original 2009 baseline scope.
Progress: we have reduced our general waste produced by 41% since 2009 if we compare the same premises in the original scope. The recycling initiative implemented during the year has resulted in a 31% increase in the collection of recyclables, diverting this waste from landfills.
 Paper consumed
2012 scope: 100% of South African operations.
Our target: 10% reduction by 2015.
2015 target: 3 003 tons (based on a 100% scope).
2012 measure: 3 336 tons.
Progress: our paper consumption has remained constant.
 Paper recycled
Paper is collected from various premises by three paper recycling suppliers however the premises they each collect from are not mutually exclusive, which makes it difficult to calculate scope.
Our target: 5% increase by 2012.
2012 target: 542 tons.
2012 measure: 653 tons.
Progress: we have increased our paper recycled by 27% compared to 2011 due to an increased scope of collection and the recycling initiative implemented during the year.

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