We are committed to SER, combining this care with the competent management of the business and providing consumers with features that add value, enhancing the economic return and increasing the competitive advantage. In Banco do Brasil, dealing with environmental and social issues as they were strategic matters is a continuous enhancement process that allows us to identify new business opportunities.
We perform actions on a systematic basis to encourage good practices and reflect on environmental issues in society and the market. We participate in discussion forums and promote climate change events, disclose annually our inventory of GHG emissions in accordance with the methodology of the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program and adopt a set of Green IT initiatives. Internally, the Environmental Management System (EMS) coordinates the efforts to enhance its performance in water, energy, materials and waste.
In addition, we are continuously improving our business, product and service models to contribute to a low-carbon economy.
In partnership with ANA, FBB, and WWF Brasil, we are engaged in Água Brasil (Brazil Water) Program. Such project aims to develop strategies to mitigate the socioenvironmental risk; identification of new business opportunities that promote a low-carbon economy and the improvement of well-being and social equality; and dissemination of sustainable practices in agriculture, cattle-breeding and in cities, ensuring the water safety of the Brazilian population.
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For us, at Banco do Brasil, careful with climate change is considered relevant and urgent. We promote the discussion of such theme in the private sector and adopt measures to improve our internal processes and reduce GHG emissions, in addition to contributing to the adaptation of communities in climate vulnerable condition. We have a leading position in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
This topic presents specific actions in 2015-2017 BB Agenda 21. The highlights include developing proposals for the role of Banco do Brasil in climate change in businesses and operations and assessing the possibility of including the evaluation of the impacts of climate change on the Bank’s operations as a responsibility of the Board of Directors, or one of its committees. Those actions are not included in the accountability presented in this Report but are considered relevant and taken into account in the management.
Credit operations, operating losses and administrative activities are considered areas with a higher possibility of suffering impacts related to climate change. In the first case, they are verified mainly in the grant of financing to customers that use natural resources. Among the challenges to be faced is the definition of socioenvironmental rating to guide credit prices according to regional climate change or the potential of various economic activities in each region.
IN 2015, WE CREATED THE GREEN ECONOMY DIVISION: THE AREA PROVIDES ASSISTANCE IN ASSESSING RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES RELATED TO SOCIOENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS AND IN DEVELOPING PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FOCUSED ON ANTI-CLIMATE CHANGES ACTIONS
In operating losses, the challenge is related to changes in legislation, which may impose new environmental restrictions and result in judicial losses to ensure socioenvironmental responsibility. And in administrative activities, climate changes will require the operational adequacy of the Bank in order to ensure the efficient consumption of paper, cartridge, toner, electricity and water, in addition to the sustainable disposal of waste and actions with suppliers for inclusion of criteria related to good environmental practices in the purchasing and hiring processes.
We are one of the early movers in Brazil to answer the questionnaire of CDP, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with the world’s largest database on business management regarding the risk of climate changes. The answers are public and can be accessed on the website of CDP www.cdp.net.
We are also a founding member of the Businesses for Climate Program and the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program, both of them intended for reflection and proposal of anti-climate change actions. In recognition of good practices, the Bank also figures on the Efficient Carbon Index (ICO2) of BM&FBOVESPA, which consists of companies with good corporate governance and transparency in terms of GHG emissions. The performance indicator in that aspect is the carbon intensity, which is the ratio of emissions to the organization’s gross revenue.
In 2015, we created an area directed to Green Economy in the Social Businesses and Sustainable Development unit, and it is, among others, responsible for advising the various areas of the Bank in the assessment of risks and opportunities associated with environmental indicators and the preparation of new products and services focused on anti-climate change actions. Also, that issue is reflected in the Work Agreement through Environmental Footprint Eco-Efficiency Index that encourages and recognizes the responsible use of natural resources by employees.
When granting financing, we abide by the Equator Principles, with a special mention of Principle 2 regarding the monitoring of measures for preventing and minimizing pollution, including atmospheric emissions.
Under Água Brasil Program, in 2015, the Banco do Brasil’s Sustainability Guidelines for Credit were published for two new sectors of the economy: Irrigated Agriculture and Pulp and Paper. Such documents reflect and explain the socioenvironmental guidelines used by the Bank in the analysis and grant of credit to specific sectors of the economy. So far, guidelines were published for eight sectors, considering some topics such as forests, biodiversity, water and climate changes: Agribusiness; Electricity; Home-Building; Mining; Oil and Gas; Transportation; Irrigated Agriculture; Pulp and Paper. The full text of the guidelines is available at Sustainability portal.
It is worth mentioning that, for us, at Banco do Brasil, it is important to consider the risks of socioenvironmental impacts directly or indirectly resulting from our administrative and business practices or those of stakeholders related to our operation. We also consider the economic aspects related to the socioenvironmental unsustainability of the existing modes of production and consumption patterns.
In 2015, a study of Água Brasil Program was published to contribute and promote discussions on climate changes, in addition to disseminating their potential risks and opportunities. For some productive sectors of the economic system, an analysis of the relationship between climate changes and the banking industry was presented. The publication allows us to envision scenarios in which the activities of the institutions would result in direct risks caused by the intensification of climate changes since the sectors financed by Banks present various risks inherent to the topic. The full study is available at Sustainability portal.
Água Brasil Program also presented, during the 24th BB Sustainability Forum, held on November 25, 2015, the Proposal for Performance in Climate Finance for Banco do Brasil. The study aims to support the Bank’s strategy and makes it a benchmark, in addition to mitigating risks and generating business opportunities in the low-carbon economy.
The proposal was prepared based on a long process, which includes the study of risks and opportunities, benchmarking analysis, workshop with experts, interviews with employees from 19 areas, an internal workshop for prioritization of a proposal for positioning in climate finance, an action plan, and indicators.
In addition, the Program has achieved a number of environmental results in rural and urban areas and has contributed to the research and development of business, product and service models related to the green economy, such as sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, energy and water efficiency and sustainable construction, among others.
Environmental management system
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Recognized in the market, our commitment to environmental management is present in the strategies and management. In 2015, we were among the world’s most sustainable financial institutions in The Sustainability Yearbook, by RobecoSAM, the organization responsible for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index selection process. Our environmental performance also appeared among the best ones in the Top Green Companies in The World 2015, of North-American magazine Newsweek.
Our Environmental Management System (EMS) organizes and monitors the actions taken to control the environmental impacts of our activities. The EMS assumptions include employee training in SER, disclosure of eco-efficiency concepts and practices, the adjustment of spaces and equipment in order to rationalize the use and consumption of goods, the analysis of processes from an eco-efficiency standpoint and the adoption of contractual clauses involving the environment. In addition, we have improved the EMS to certify our processes through ISO 14000 series, among other standards.
ISO 14001 – involving the Environmental Management System | Since 2009, BB has received certification for one of its administration buildings (the Altino Arantes building) located in the city of São Paulo (SP). It is currently in the process of certifying the technology Center and the Tancredo Neves Building, both in Brasília (DF).
ISO 14064 – the voluntary greenhouse gas inventories protocol | In 2015, BB obtained certification, believing that proper management of greenhouse gas emissions results in a differentiating competitive advantage for investors while facilitating the granting of carbon credits resulting from lower emissions or improvements in GHG sinks.
ISO 20000 – includes quality management in Information Technology services | In 2015, BB renewed its certification.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – involving sustainable construction | BB’s new headquarters, in Brasília (DF), has been granted the seal of the US Green Building Council.
Environmental indicators aim to disseminate the culture and practice of eco-efficiency among employees. They are aligned to the eco-efficiency and the best corporate environmental management practices, in addition to following the rules of DJSI, ISE and ISO 14001, among others. Their purposes are the reduction of consumption of natural resources and the execution of the environmentally appropriate disposal of non-hazardous and recyclable waste.
Due to our size, we have a fairly representative natural resources consumption. As a way to enhance such management, the specific environmental performance indicator, referred to as Environmental Footprint Index, has been reformulated, with the establishment of regionalized parameters of efficient water and energy consumption.
Such index is part of the Work Agreement, the main instrument for managing the results of the Bank. It is a booster that allows the recognition of the environmental performance of work units, with the purpose of reducing the use of natural resources, executing selective waste collection and routing solid waste for recycling. It complies with the guidelines of existing applicable public policies and legislation and is aligned to the PRSA of Banco do Brasil.
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Water | Evaluation by the accumulated average of the branch’s monthly consumption records according to the regional pattern established.
Energy | Evaluation by the accumulated average of the branch’s monthly consumption records according to the regional pattern established.
In 2015, we improved indicators of water and electricity consumption, establishing regionalized parameters to facilitate actions focused on places where the consumption showed sharp distortions. The goal was that the branches evaluated present a consumption equal to or less than the standard established. The higher the reduction, the higher the score achieved. For 2016, we plan to keep the same rules of 2015.
Paper | Evaluation by the compliance with the historical pattern of consumption of the branch established by the ratio of reams fulfilled to the volume of contracted operations.
In 2015, we defined the linear reduction of 2% in consumption in comparison with the same period of the previous year as a goal for the strategic, tactical and operational units. Retail branches must present a consumption equal to or less than the standard established, calculated from the sum of operations contracted in the current semester times the ratio of reams fulfilled to the volume of operations contracted in the previous year. The higher the reduction presented, the higher the score achieved. Those rules applied in 2015 will be maintained in 2016.
Selective waste collection | Evaluation by the record of monthly volume of waste disposed on a selective basis (paper, plastic, metal, and glass) and sent for recycling.
Our programs also include internal awareness campaigns for responsible consumption of natural resources, in particular, water and energy. In 2015, Responsible Consumption of Water and Energy Campaign was held, involving all our staff.
We started the water consumption management with the implementation, in 2005, of the Rational Use of Water (Purágua) program. The project began in larger buildings, with the gradual adequacy of physical facilities and equipment, extending gradually to the whole conglomerate.
In order to improve the management of water in the properties in use, the program adopts measures of rationalization and reduction in consumption and covers the following pillars: environmental respect, expenditure reduction, and social scope.
Painel de Água application is an important component of Purágua because it records the information related to water consumption in the branches of BB, assisting in the management of such input. The data are stored and allow for the development of actions aimed at the rationalization and the conscious use of such resource.
In 2015, the panel was upgraded, providing a better quality to the database. A mechanism was also developed for logging and investigating penalties arising from the late payment of bills.
In addition, our employees engaged in the preparation of an internal awareness campaign, published at the beginning of the year.
As a result, in 2015, the consumption totaled approximately 1.7 million cubic meters, 236 thousand less than the previous year. Such reduction of 14% was due to a set of initiatives for the conscious use and management of water consumption.
It proves that the established consumption reduction measures and the efforts of our employees are making a difference in the results presented.
|Total volume of water withdrawal by source
|Municipal water supply or other water supply companies (m3 million)
|Expenses (R$ million)
Our electricity consumption management is performed through Electrical Energy Conservation Program (Procen), created in 1990, with actions focused on the rational use of energy in buildings for personal use or third parties’, without sacrificing productivity, functionality, safety and convenience for the user.
We have corporate systems that allow us to record the most relevant information related to energy, such as consumption, demand and amounts paid, among others, by means of which strategies and actions for its rationalization are established.
The information collected in corporate systems are compiled by Painel de Energia application, towards the automatic creation of reports that can be accessed by all technicians linked to the management process.
The actions for the rational use of energy were defined by internal standards, as well as the details of the specifications of various equipment items. Therefore, the new acquisitions must follow energy efficiency criteria, comprising the modernization of the lighting system, vertical transportation systems, and air conditioning.
As a result, the total consumption in 2015 was 1.7% below that of 2014, amounting to 2,607 TJh. The reduction was also possible through the responsible consumption campaign held in April 2015.
|BB – Energy consumption kWh/MWh/GWh/TJh
Our energy intensity rate is obtained by using the ratio of energy consumption (in kWh) to employee headcount, resulting in 6,220 kWh per employee in the last year. Such metric allows us to monitor the evolution of management over the years and compare with other financial institutions, in order to evaluate our efficiency. GRI G4-EN5
In 2015, BB reduced the consumption of oil-based fuel intended for vehicles by approximately 13%, as part of its Eco-Efficiency Program, according to the following table. The reduction is due to the lower use of vehicles.
|Fuel – Energy Produced By Owned Generators (1)
|Total Consumption of Diesel Oil for Vehicles (in liters)
|Total Consumption of Diesel Oil – Generator Set (in liters)
|Total Gasoline Consumption (in liters)
|Total Ethanol Consumption (in liters)
(1) In 2015, the form of calculating the consumption of diesel oil changed. In previous years, the assessment considered Diesel S10 and Diesel products, disregarding that the market offers other options. Therefore, from 2015 on, we opted for the assessment based on the type of engine that uses such fuel, in this case, vehicles and power generators. The amounts for diesel consumption presented in the 2014 Annual Report were recalculated based on new parameters to enable the comparison of the consumption of each period.
As a result of the pilot project carried out in 11 of our branches, our perspective is to start in 2016 the gradual implementation of LED lighting systems and the modernization of the air-conditioning equipment, which have greater energy efficiency.
Besides being more resistant and with longer durability, LED bulbs consume 87% less energy than the signage used up until now. We also enhanced the normative instructions on new building and refurbishments, including an Energy Efficiency Parameters manual that formalizes the rules of Procel Seal.
WE REDUCED THE USE OF OIL-BASED FUELS BY 13% AND IMPLEMENTED A PROJECT FOR REPLACEMENT OF BULBS AND MODERNIZATION OF AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEMS IN ORDER TO REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION
Regarding consumption of materials, we comply with socioenvironmental criteria for purchasing a range of items.
Paper | Cerflor or FSC certification is required, as well as the cellulose bleaching process is free of chlorine. Materials made from recycled paper are also purchased, for example, brown envelopes, cardboard boxes and filing folders, which totaled 577 tons in 2015, accounting for 8.7% of the total. The paper is the main material consumed by the Bank, whose expenses amounted to R$34.4 million in 2015.
Plastics | In the case of items made of plastic, the material must be oxy-biodegradable, recyclable and non-poisonous.
Furniture | All wooden components must have Cerflor or FSC custody chain certification vouching for the origin of the material and sustainable treatment.
In 2015, we continued with Logistics Efficiency Project, whose purpose is to implement a materials storage and distribution model to be shared with other banks. This initiative leads to gains in logistics, lower inventories and the optimization of the materials tracking process, in addition to lower acquisition costs as a result of the delivery to a single location.
Paper Consumption (t)
Our Selective Collection Program consists of initiatives that include the management of recyclable non-hazardous solid waste (paper, plastic, metal, and glass) generated in the Banco do Brasil’s branches, forwarded for recycling in compliance with current applicable legislation and public policies and aligned to our Specific Socioenvironmental Responsibility Policy. Organic and non-recyclable waste are forwarded to landfills.
Implemented in 2008, the program has 1,458 branches, up to this date, with the process implemented and 1,312 additional branches under implementation process.
In addition to the reduction of environmental impact, this action also guarantees social gain, benefiting more than 400 associations and cooperatives of pickers of recyclable materials.
|Waste under the BB Selective Collection Program by Type (t)
Source: GRS. Verification date: 01/08/2016.
(1) In 2015, the process of assessment of information and the own system of Selective Collection Program data were updated to correct inconsistencies and adjust to the process of expansion to various branches in the Country, as well as legal specifications. Therefore, we chose to restart the historical series of tracking of data related to the Program, by defining such year as the ground zero of the new series.
In addition, from 2015, we started to measure the amount of non-recyclable or mixed organic waste intended for landfills. The total amount was 193.6 tons.
Among the good practices already adopted is our Cartridge and Toner Reconditioning Program (Prorec). Such initiative requires that the acquisition of reconditioned toner cartridges is performed according to technical specifications developed by the Bank. The reconditioning is the total cleaning of empty cartridges (housing), the replacement of internal parts and components of the cartridge and the addition of toner powder. At the end of the reconditioning process, the cartridge presents quality equivalent to a new one, at a cost well below.
This year, in compliance with PNRS (Act No. 12,305/2010) and because of the new strategy of office supplies storage with Logistics Operator Project, of FEBRABAN, we started to convene the cartridge suppliers themselves to collect empty housings and promote the correct disposal of such solid waste. With such initiative, it was possible to perform the appropriate disposal of approximately 50 thousand empty housings. GRI G4-EN27
|Cartridge and Toner Reconditioning
Program (Prorec – in units)
|Percentage Reconditioned (1)
(1) The percentage informed is the result of comparing the consumption of reconditioned toner cartridges and the total toner cartridges consumed during the period.
Our Solid Waste Management System uses a series of methodologies for integrated management of the impact of supplying goods and engineering, such as systematic and documented monitoring and assessment of the consumption of inputs and the disposal of waste. In addition to reducing the generation of waste and avoiding waste, this program allows better use of the production cycle, which reduces operating costs and the impact on the environment. During 2015, approximately R$547 thousand were invested in the acquisition of utensils appropriate to the disposal of recyclable solid waste for 294 branches throughout Brazil. GRI G4-EN31
In the case of supplies of furniture, equipment for use and fixtures and fittings, our invitations to tender require the removal of packaging after installation or assembly, so that they are properly disposed of in accordance with Act 12,305/2010. No-break batteries, waste diesel oil and cooling liquid from the Capital Digital Datacenter are sent for recycling and disposal in compliance with environmental standards.
Inventory and Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The inventory is published since 2008, using as a standard the methodology for preparation of corporate GHG inventories of the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program, developed by the World Resources Institutes (WRI) in cooperation with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCS). The sources of GHG emissions of scope three follow the specifications of the Brazilian GHG Program, and emissions of transportation and distribution are accounted for – upstream (shared transportation of mail pouches), solid waste resulting from the operation (paper acquired), effluents generated in the operation (water consumption), business trips (air and ground), transportation and distribution – downstream (several transportations) and staff transportation (home-work). Inventory results are published in the Annual Report of the Bank and at website Registro Público de Emissões.
THE SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM MONITORS FROM THE CONSUMPTION OF INPUTS UP TO THE CORRECT DISPOSAL, IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE GENERATION OF WASTE AND AVOID WASTAGE
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||Mobile Combustion (Own Vehicle Fleet)
|Ethanol – 578 thousand liters
||Ethanol – 671 thousand liters
2.83 million liters
2.4 million liters
|Diesel – 39.7 thousand liters
||Diesel – 44 thousand liters
|Energy Generator Fuel
||Diesel – 609 thousand liters
||Diesel – 580 thousand liters
||Purchase of Electricity
|736 million kWh
||724 million kWh
|Scope 3 (2)
|| 66,562 tCO2e
|Transportation and Distribution (Upstream)
||TCM – 28 million km
||TCM – 33 million km
|Solid Waste from
||Paper acquired – 8,516 t
||Paper acquired – 6,601 t
in the operation
||1.5 million m3
||1.6 million m3
||59,981 air tickets
||49,200 air tickets
|Ground Transportation –
16 million km
|Ground Transportation –
15 million km
|Transportation and Distribution (Downstream)
||Diesel – 250 thousand liters
||Diesel – 245 thousand liters
||Staff Transportation –
5 million km
|Staff Transportation –
6 million km
|| 5,696 tCO2e
(1) Data verification process by independent third party.
In 2016, the preparation of the BB’s GHG Emissions Inventory – base year 2015 was anticipated in order to enable the inclusion of all the sources of emissions included in scope 3. Business Trips (air and ground travel) source, reported in BB’s Annual Report in previous years, was complemented with Transportation and Distribution – Upstream (Shared transportation of mail pouches), Solid Waste from the operation (paper acquired), Effluents generated in the operation (water consumption), Transportation and Distribution – Downstream (several transportations) and Staff Transportation (home-work), so that the figures presented are consistent with the data included in the full BB’s GHG Emissions Inventory. With the integral presentation of the emissions sources of scope 3, the data reported in 2014 were also updated.
|Carbon Intensity of BB
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|Gross Revenue (R$ million)
|Revenue from Financial Intermediation (R$ million)
|Services Income (R$ million)
|Banking Fee Income (R$ million)
|Premiums Retained on Insurance, Pension Funds and Savings Bonds (R$ million)
|Variance in Technical Provisions in Insurance,
and Savings Bonds (R$ million)
|GHG Emissions (tCO2e)
|Carbon Intensity (tCO2e/R$) (3)
(1) The Gross Revenue amount presented in the 2014 Annual Report was updated since the amount “Variance in Technical Provisions in Insurance, Pension Funds, and Savings Bonds” was rectified to a negative amount.
(2) Number corrected after audit within the scope of the GHG Protocol Program.
(3) The Carbon Intensity (tCO2e/R$) amounts were corrected, as the quotient did not match the division between the gross income and the emissions of BB.
In order to reduce GHG emissions, we have adopted a series of measures and initiatives. The main ones are:
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- Digital Image Clearing System (CDI) | Digitalization of all checks issued in the Country, which avoids the physical transportation, reducing costs and providing more security, speed and reduction of GHG emissions. Created in 2012, such process has eliminated approximately one thousand routes of land transportation and 50 of air transportation, plus a few routes conducted by boats in certain regions of the Country. We mitigated approximately 5 thousand tCO2eq/year, on average;
- Authorized Direct Debit (DDA) | Service of electronic delivery of registered bills for collection, issued by financial institutions. Launched in 2009, DDA aims to gradually replace the paper slips for collecting in the virtual environment. Currently, the system accounts for 6.7 million customers registered and 383 million annual bills issued electronically. We estimate that, in BB, it represents a mitigation of GHG; emissions of about 20 thousand tCO2eq/year, on average;
- Audio and Videoconference Rooms | In order to reduce the volume of air and ground journeys of employees in service, we have 450 audio and video conference rooms under operation, distributed in branches of all states and in some of them overseas. Despite the increase in participation in internal and external meetings and training sessions in recent years, such solution has allowed the stabilization of the number of air tickets issued and taxi refunds requested, avoiding the emission of 2 thousand tCO2eq/year, on average;
- Shared Transportation of Mail Pouch of
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In 2015, we neutralized 67.3 tons of our carbon emissions in 13 events, all of them sponsored by BB and conducted by Brazilian Volleyball Confederation (CBV) in several cities in the Country. Compensation occurred through the assignment of definitive credits of carbon to two projects – one of electric power generation of Pequena Central Hidrelétrica (PCH) Garganta da Jararaca, located in Nova Maringá (MT), and another of capture and burning of methane gas of Anaconda Landfill, in Santa Isabel (SP). All amounts have been certified by specialist companies and comply with the practices of integrity, additionality and the recommendation of ABNT standard NBR 15948:2011. GRI G4-EN19
We participate in several forums and events related to Green IT and sustainability in IT, with governmental agencies, private entities, and Non-profit Sector. As an example, we can mention the participation in the GT Green IT, under the Commission of Social Responsibility and Sustainability of FEBRABAN, a forum that discusses and proposes improvements to the disposal of electronics waste in accordance with Act No. 12,305/10. In addition, we coordinate CEE-277 – Commission for Special Study of Sustainable Purchases, of ABNT, whose purpose is the standardization of the terminology, principles and guidelines for sustainable purchasing.
We manage the risks in our IT suppliers’ chain, including socioenvironmental aspects. All agreements include a term of commitment to socioenvironmental responsibility in which the supplier undertakes to adopt good practices of preservation. In addition, specific environmental criteria are analyzed and proposed for contracts, depending on each purpose to be hired, especially in the case of disposal of electronics waste and definition of specifications of goods with greater energy efficiency.
We adopted Green IT actions several years ago, always improving the existing processes, activities and services or deploying new actions. In 2015, there was the consolidation of the activities of a specific department to deal with issues related to Green IT and sustainability in IT in Banco do Brasil, through the formalization of its inclusion in our IT governance.
Various initiatives aiming at, in particular, the reduction of material consumption and reduction of electric power were held in 2015:
- Expansion of automated hibernation policy, which reached more than 14 thousand computers of the office automation environment, equivalent to approximately 33% of the total in such environment;
- Implementation of a pilot project for lighting with LED technology throughout Capital Digital Datacenter, in Brasilia (DF);
- Beginning of the deployment process of the infrared lighting system in production environments of Capital Digital Datacenter, in Brasilia (DF), with completion expected for 2016. Such system will allow the automatic shutdown of the lights in environments that are not inhabited;
- Acquisition of sensors to ensure the desired temperature level at the entrance of the equipment of the air-conditioning system of Capital Digital Datacenter, in Brasília (DF);
- Actions undertook under Procen, for data centers ICI-I and ICI-II, in Brasília, generating an average reduction of 3 million kWh/year and estimated savings of R$1.44 million in 2015. Among the actions are the consolidation of IT infrastructure; the standardization of the temperature in the environment; the installation of presence sensors in floating occupation rooms; shutdown of an ice water central; 85% reduction of active evaporator (fan coils); the rationalization of the use of chillers, fan coils, transformers and generators; the deactivation of IT charges; the adoption of best practices in data center HVAC; and optimization of operation of the air-conditioning system. GRI G4-EN7
Throughout 2015, actions that have as a purpose the inclusion of sustainability criteria in the IT supply and acquisition contracts, such as the environmental ones, were intensified. In addition, we emphasize that all IT supply and acquisition contracts contain, in their standard draft, a term of commitment, where the supplier undertakes to adopt best practices in environmental conservation and to comply with a series of social aspects, such as human and labor rights, the promotion of diversity and the fight against corruption.
ÁGUA BRASIL (BRAZIL WATER) PROGRAM
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In water theme, the Bank plays an important role in two key forums in which it participates: one of them is the CEO Water Mandate, coordinated by the UN, whose aim is to build an international movement of business committed to the cause of water, so as to help them develop and disclose policies and practices within this context; and Brazilian Section of the World Water Council, whose major challenges include increasing the effectiveness of the Brazilian government on the World Water Council, positively influencing the entity’s agenda of issues and creating a discussion platform for examining water resource management and policy in Brazil and worldwide.
And, because we are the major funder of the Brazilian agribusiness – one of the economic segments that most consume water in its production process – we adopt, since 2010, the defense of the cause as a guideline of our actions in the field of sustainability through Água Brasil Program.
The partnership among BB, ANA, WWF and FBB aims at the implementation of agricultural practices for the conservation of water resources and awareness and change in the attitude of the internal public of partners, customers, and society regarding responsible consumption and proper treatment of urban solid waste.
In the first phase, which ended in 2015, Água Brasil Program was structured in four areas of activity: socioenvironmental projects (water and agriculture and sustainable cities), risk mitigation, sustainable business and communication and engagement.
During the first five years of the partnership, we invested, along with FBB, more than R$54 million in projects aimed at the improvement of the quality and supply of water, the expansion of the coverage of natural vegetation in seven micro-basins, the incentive to responsible consumption and the proper treatment of solid wastes in five Brazilian cities.
In addition, the program also promoted the revision and improvement of criteria and instruments of socioenvironmental risk assessment in financings and investments of BB, fostered the development of productive business models based on sustainability and promoted actions for awareness of our stakeholders and partners for the problems related to the environmental cause, engaging them in the search for joint solutions.
On the current socioenvironmental situation and the water shortage experienced in the country, the defense of Water remains recurrent, is a theme aligned to the institutional interests and provides opportunities to current partners involved in Água Brasil Program, as well as the public to which it relates.
Therefore, we recently approved the continuation of the partnership with FBB, WWF-Brasil, and ANA for the 2016-2020 period, in a similar manner and with the inclusion of a front directed towards the eco-efficiency of our administrative practices. The purpose is to allow the rescue of legacy ever produced and the use of the installed knowledge base in organizations involved in promoting water safety in the Country, as well as provide a positive return to the Bank and the other partner institutions of the program.
We listed the main results of the first phase of Água Brasil Program below:
Environmental Projects Front – Water and Agriculture
- 1,327 direct beneficiaries and 11.3 million indirect beneficiaries;
- In the micro-basin of Pipiripau (DF), there was an increase in the supply of water sufficient to serve more than 37 thousand persons in the cities of Planaltina and Sobradinho, both in the Federal District. In the micro-basin of Guariroba (MS), the initiative benefited more than 40 thousand people in Campo Grande (MS);
- 684.6 hectares restored;
- 838.9 hectares with good practices implemented;
- 2,542 hectares with contour farming performed;
- 1,639 hectares of preserved fragments;
- 1,007,910 seedlings planted;
- 895 small dams for soil and water conservation built;
- 272 cisterns for food production and 635 for domestic use;
- 317.7 kilometers of roads recovered;
- 1,327 producers implemented good agroecology practices;
- 125 producers with contracts of Payment for Environmental Services (PSA);
- 48 units demonstrating good agroecology practices deployed;
- 12 clay pit-trenches built;
- 9 seed houses deployed;
- 370 pits built.
Socioenvironmental Projects – Sustainable Cities
- 81,624 direct beneficiaries and more than 4 million indirect beneficiaries;
- Social and economic diagnosis and action plan for each city participating in Água Brasil Program;
- 760 pickers, 360 teachers, 245 community workers, 1,100 participants from all sectors of society trained in the locations covered by the program;
- Municipal Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan (PMGIRS), in Pirenópolis (GO) and Rio Branco (AC);
- 73,451 tons of solid waste commercially valued at the locations of the Program. In 2014, the pickers of the cooperatives and associations supported leveraged approximately of R$600 thousand monthly with the sale of recyclable materials;
- Approximately 90,400 tons of CO2 and 636,042 tons of water (equivalent to 254 Olympic swimming pools) are no longer issued/used due to the recycling of waste collected (Iclei calculation);
- Publications on environmental footprint, selective waste collection, guide for compost process and educational animations;
- Dissemination of three educational animations about solid wastes, responsible consumption and interaction between the urban and rural environment in the cycle of water to 2 million teachers, 50 million students, between 33 and 18 million points of TV, in partnership with TV Escola. Through the program portal, there were approximately 525 thousand views and, on Facebook, 300 thousand “likes”;
- 27 production equipment acquired for transportation, selection, conditioning and marketing of solid waste with the training of 450 benefited pickers, through technical assistance developed;
- 41,700 tons of waste traded with the support of the Program.
Communication and Engagement Front
- R$14.4 million of press return (column inches) according to Media Analysis Report (print, web, radio/TV);
- 85 million people viewed the Água Brasil Program brand in marketing campaigns;
- Position ahead of the competition in the perception of socially and environmentally responsible company, according to a survey of BB’s satisfaction;
- Maintenance of the leadership position in Top of Mind and improvement of environmental performance in the DJSI and ISE rankings.
Risk Mitigation Front
- Banco do Brasil Sustainability Guidelines for Credit in eight sectors of the economy, translated into English, published and validated with key stakeholders in the sector (Agribusiness, Irrigated Agriculture, Energy, Home-Building, Mining, Transportation, Oil, and Gas, and Pulp and Paper) on BB website;
- Improvement of the socioenvironmental risk management (prospecting, qualification and evaluation of methodologies and tools) – B4B Biodiversity; ESG Environmental, Social, and Governance Integration Guide; The 2050 Criteria and Indicators Panel.
Sustainable Businesses Front
- Study on the attractiveness of financial products to support socioenvironmental best practices in the agribusiness, with focus on the ABC Program;
- Economic modeling on the feasibility of forest restoration of Areas of Permanent Preservation and Legal Reserves;
- Proven economic feasibility of forest management within enterprise context and with potential to attract investments and contribute to the conservation;
- Climate Change Strategy for the Bank - inclusion in BB Agenda 21 an action plan definition and involvement of internal areas, accompanied by Indicators Panel.
WE HAVE GUIDELINES FOR THE EXTENSION OF CREDIT IN EIGHT SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY: AGRIBUSINESS, IRRIGATED AGRICULTURE, ENERGY, HOME-BUILDING, MINING, TRANSPORTATION, OIL AND GAS AND PULP AND PAPER