Green your Office

Internal Environment Management System

Much has been said and written about green banking. With care for the environment a mainstream topic nowadays in boardrooms and workstations of financial institutions (and in other organizations as well), is green banking for real or is it merely lip service, a public relations ploy, a scheme to make more money, or all of the above?

Let’s start with the basics. First, a bank, like any business enterprise, needs to be efficient operationally – from building design and office layout, to use of resources such as electricity, water and paper. At the same time, it also has to look after the well-being of its people resources in terms of safety and quality of work life, among other things. The ultimate aim of this efficiency buildup is cost reduction and that both its operational processes and physical premises are not harmful to the environment. Based on the experiences of other banks that have instituted similar initiatives, a further improvement on operational efficiency and cost reduction has indeed been achieved.

Take the use of light bulbs. A study shows that by just changing all incandescent light bulbs in a building into new, environment-friendly and brighter compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) can save energy cost by 75% as the bulbs can last several more years. Imagine how much money a bank can save and improve its overall efficiency by this one adjustment alone!

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Trainer’s Guide Book, Internal Environmental Management System (IEMS)

The contents of this trainers’ guidebook are based on the IEMS Resource Book, which includes references, case studies, handouts, among other things, that can be used by the trainer in conducting the training sessions. The slides here are for visual reference only, and the actual powerpoint presentations are in the CD-ROM that comes with this guidebook. You may modify the suggested presentation slides to suit your own requirements and local context.

This guidebook provides only for nine training modules covering the aspects of the business case, policy formulation and prioritisation and the performance areas (please see the diagram on the previous page). For the three remaining aspects (i.e., reviewing progress, internal and external communication, and getting recognition), the accompanying IEMS Resource Book has ample information and presentation materials for the trainer to use in the development of training sessions concerning these areas.

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Background Research on Internal Environmental Performance Monitoring in European Financial Instit

This report is prepared in the scope of the project’ entitled “Environmental Governance Standards for Development Financing Institutions in Asia”. The project aims at initiating a EU-Asia Environmental Governance Partnership Initiative, which leads to the development and initial application of Environmental Governance Standards (EGS) for the development financing institutions (DFls). The partners are the Association ofDevelopment Financing Institutions in Asia and the k $ c (ADFIAP), the European partner institutions, Wuppertal lnstitute of Climate, Environment, Energy and Leeds lnstitute for Environmental Science and Management.

One of the task of the Wuppertal lnstitute in the project is to carry out a background research on the Internal Environmental Performance Monitoring Program (EPM), which is one pillar of the EGS. The EPM comprises of environmental management policies, tools and instruments, which enables the well management of internal functions and operations within DFls. On the other hand, the SRI at the University of Leeds is conducting the background research for the second pillar, the Environmental Rating Standards for Loan Appraisal and Project Finance in Europe.

The two studies will illustrate European practices and policies in the field of environmental rating standards and performance measurement of financial institutions. The results will be transferred to ADFIAP in order to start the discussion on how to adapt and further devel.op a concept for the Asian region.

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