We have exceeded the stringent targets for energy, water and waste reduction that we set in 2011/2012. Our recycling target was particularly ambitious, and we missed it by just 2%. We are also well on track to meet our paper and travel targets by 2020.
In 2014 we reviewed our information gathering to make sure we compare like-for-like data each year. We also contribute to the Carbon Disclosure Project, and other external indices.
Here’s how we performed against our targets:
How we've done it: automated building controls, employee engagement, renewable energy projects.
100% of our UK electricity use (and 63% worldwide) now comes from renewable sources. We're also working with the 2degrees community to test exciting new low-carbon technologies in RBS premises. These pilot installations began in late 2014.
How we've done it: repairing and replacing fittings, detecting and fixing leaks, installing waterless urinals.
Target: 50% reduction in volume by 2020
Already achieved: 47%
How we've done it: reducing paper use in marketing materials and offices, moving 65,000 payslips online.
How we've done it: installing hand dryers reduced paper towel waste by 14.6 tonnes (1.72 million bags of rubbish) on one site alone.
How we've done it: diverting 6.42 million bags from landfill.
Target: 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020
Already achieved: 30%
How we've done it: changing business practices and introducing audio and webinar systems.
View our environmental impacts table.