Savings and energy efficiency are an integral part of CaixaBank's corporate strategy, and they have been a priority area when it comes to reducing CO2 emissions. The initiatives implemented in this area have enabled us to reduce electricity consumption year after year.
In 2021 the purchase of energy from renewable sources led to CO2 savings of 19,251 t when considering the scope of CaixaBank S.A. before the merger and of 42,052 t when calculated for the Group after Bankia's incorporation.
100% of the electricity we consume in our buildings and the CaixaBank branch network comes from renewable energy sources, which is certified by the supplier company through a certificate from the National Energy Commission (CNE).
Since 2019, we have been implementing an office automation project to improve the comfort of our employees and customers, facilitate predictive maintenance and prevent incidents, while saving energy.
We are continuously implementing initiatives to help us reduce consumption in our branch network. Some of these include: replacing fluorescent lighting with LED lighting; switching to more efficient air conditioning equipment; installing presence and lighting shutdown sensors; installing single shutdown switches for our alarm systems; using standby strips for peripherals; and replacing computer equipment.
In 2021 the electricity consumed by CaixaBank, S.A. before the merger was reduced by 6.7% when compared to 2019. The year 2020 has not been considered in the interpretation of this data, as there was an extraordinary consumption increase with respect to this year due to the impact of COVID-19 in terms of on-site presence.
Our two Data Processing Centres (DPCs) have LEED sustainable-building certification, in the Silver and Gold categories, respectively.