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Environmental managementResource-friendly business ecology and responsible procurement

In 2013, Deutsche Börse’s headquarters in Eschborn received the “Green Building Award” presented by the cities of Frankfurt/Main and Darmstadt.

As awareness of the challenges of climate change has grown, greenhouse gas emissions and the careful handling of resources have become the focus of environmental commitment – both on the political and legislative level and within companies. Deutsche Börse Group has also made environmental issues an integral part of its sustainability activities.

Within our Group-wide initiatives, we focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water and paper consumption as well as waste to minimise our ecological footprint. These initiatives include:

  • using shuttle buses between the locations Eschborn and Luxembourg to cut down on individual trips
  • offering job tickets for local public transport to staff in Frankfurt/Eschborn
  • more frequent use of video conferences instead of business travel to reduce emissions
  • using double-sided printing as the default printer setting
  • reducing the number of printed publications
  • sending letters and parcels at the Frankfurt/Eschborn site and parcels at the Luxembourg site via the “Go Green” initiative of Deutsche Post and DHL
  • purchasing sustainably generated hydroelectricity to run Group-wide servers at the EQUINIX data centre in Frankfurt/Bergen-Enkheim

In 2020, the unavoidable CO2 emissions of the previous year were neutralised through the purchase and retirement of CO2 certificates for the first time. We have chosen the highest standard (certificates in the "Gold Standard" category), which are specially tailored to our industry.

Moreover, wherever possible, Deutsche Börse Group buys exclusively environmentally compatible products. These include FSC paper with high thickness at low grammage, recyclable toners as well as other office supplies and small appliances that carry the “Blue Angel” or “Energy Star” seal.

At the same time, we continue to work on optimising the collection of Group-wide environmental data in order to increase transparency in our reporting and to uncover further cost-saving opportunities.

Deutsche Börse Group consumption of resources since 2016

2020

2019

Change

2018

Change

2017

Change

2016

Greenhouse gas emissions – total

13,160 t

12.2%

11,725 t

-0.4%

11,772 t

9.3%

10,766 t

Purchased and decommissioned CO2-certificates

13,160 t CO2e

       

Greenhouse gas emissions – travel-based

5,112 t

-0.7%

5,149 t

0.5%

5,121 t

-16.5%

6,134 t

Water consumption1)

93,880 cbm

2.4%

91,653 cbm

4.8%

87,444 cbm

10.3%

79,276 cbm

Paper consumption2)

81 t

10.9%

73 t

-27%

100 t

-4.8%

105 t

Energy consumption

80,309 MWh

10.5%

89,696 MWh

20.1%

74,648 MWh

12.5%

66,325 MWh


1) Comprises exclusively the amount of water purchased from municipal suppliers
2) Comprises exclusively office supplies