Responsible resource management Responsible resource management

An important part of VTB’s corporate philosophy is respect for nature. As such, reducing its impact on the environment is an integral part of the Bank’s policy for responsible resource management.

In upgrading its existing facilities and improving their environmental efficiency, VTB Group companies are guided by the principles of green office; they are also implementing projects aimed at reducing their consumption of electricity, fuel and paper, and recycling office waste.

In 2020, the Group continued to implement its Energy Conservation and Energy-Efficiency Programme. Among other things, the Group took measures to repair the thermal insulation of heating system pipelines, to replace outdated air-conditioning systems with lower-consumption inverters, to introduce a dispatcher system for the supervision of the utility systems at the Group’s facilities and to replace fluorescent (halogen) lights with LED lights. As a result of these measures, the Bank’s total energy savings amounted to 636  thousand kWh.

In addition to the use of resource- and energy-saving technologies aimed at reducing the environmental impact, VTB Group companies are constantly optimising their own fleet and freight traffic as well as routes for automobile traffic. In addition, the Group continues to replace its Euro 4–rated vehicles with Euro 5–rated vehicles. In 2020, VTB Bank reduced the number of vehicles it operated by 14%; its gasoline and diesel fuel consumption decreased by 27%.

In the context of waste management, a project was carried out in 2020 aimed at the environmentally friendly recycling of electronic waste and end-of-life equipment. Servers, uninterruptible power supplies, racks, storage systems and workstations were sent for recycling; plans are also in place to recycle ATMs, POS terminals, and office and household appliances.

In addition, the transition to electronic document management continues. The purpose of the switch is to greatly reduce paper consumption and costs by introducing an integrated approach to document management and storage. As part of this project, VTB expanded the use of digital signatures in 2020 to cover its entire branch network. As a result, Bank customers signed 4  million contracts in a paperless digital format, which saved more than 20  million sheets of paper weighing 100 tonnes and also saved about 2 thousand trees.

The following were VTB Bank’s main achievements in terms of resource management in 2020:

Implementation of the energy-saving programme, including the introduction of the following measures

Replacing fluorescent (halogen) lights with LED lights

3,209 lights

Partially repairing the thermal insulation of the pipelines used in the heating system and hot water supply

Replacing outdated air-conditioning systems with lower-consumption inverters



80
units installed

the resulting savings amounted to

28.8 thousand kWh


or

173 rub thousand

Measures for waste management, including hazardous waste

Reducing the volume of discarded lights

6.8
tonnes
in 2019
2.5
tonnes
in 2020

Measures to reduce fuel consumption

Replacing the Bank’s fleet

by 12%

56 new vehicles were put into operation in place of 58 vehicles from a lower environmental class

Reducing the number of vehicles in operation in the regional network

by 3%

Replacing of Euro 4–rated vehicles with Euro 5–rated vehicles

8%

Goals for the period until 2022 in terms of resource consumption and waste management

The introduction of a dispatcher system for the utility systems at the Bank’s facilities will speed up the response to breakdowns and emergencies, thereby reducing any resulting harm, including downtime; this step will also allow the Bank to disconnect some of its support systems remotely at night.

the Bank plans to introduce the dispatcher system at 100 facilities in 2021 at a cost of

6.8 RUB million

The replacement of outdated air-conditioning systems with lower-consumption inverters (plans are in place to install 167 units in 2021).

The approximate savings will amount to

361,000 RUB
60.1 thousand kWh

The transfer of 80% of operations at all VTB offices to paperless service by the end of 2022.

The approximate savings will amount to

>1 RUB billion
>13 thousand trees

VTB group’s resource consumptionData on the resource consumption of the following VTB Group companies: VTB Bank, Holding VTB Capital, Vozrozhdenie Bank, Sarovbusinessbank, VB-Service, VTB Factoring, VTB Leasing, VTB Specialised Depository, VTB Pension Fund, VTB Registrar, VTB Bank (Armenia), VTB Bank (Belarus), VTB Bank (Azerbaijan), VTB Bank (Georgia), VTB Bank (Kazakhstan), VTB Bank (Europe), SG-Development, West Siberian Commercial Bank and Dynamo Management Company.

In connection with the introduction of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the transfer of  employees to remote work in 2020, the Group enjoyed savings in terms of the following resources: heating energy, paper, fuel, water and drinking water.

RESOURCE TYPE 2020 2019
NATURAL EQUIVALENT MONETARY EQUIVALENT, RUB MILLION NATURAL EQUIVALENT MONETARY EQUIVALENT, RUB MILLION
Heating energy, Gcal 255,140 460.3 272,372 493.6
Electricity, thousand kWh 335,927 1,740.7 328,435 1,910.0
Gas, thousand m 3 2,810 18.6 1,157 9.2
Paper, tonnes 2,765 210.0 3,205 274.1
Fuel, thousand litres 2,553 116.2 3,315 146.4
Water, thousand m 3 2,397 112.8 9,673 403.5
Drinking water, thousand litres 3,509 26.7 3,818 31.1
GENERATION AND PROCESSING OF HAZARDOUS WASTE
RESOURCE TYPE 2020 2019
GENERATED % SENT FOR PROCESSING/DISPOSAL GENERATED % SENT FOR PROCESSING/DISPOSAL
Fluorescent lights, tonnes 9 100 15 100
Batteries, tonnes 11 100 14 100
Disposal of fuels and lubricants, litres 1,069 100 2,817 100
Equipment sent for recycling/scrap, tonnes 9 100 6 100
GENERATION AND RECYCLING OF LOW-HAZARD WASTE
RESOURCE TYPE (TONNES) 2020 2019
GENERATED % SENT FOR PROCESSING/DISPOSAL GENERATED % SENT FOR PROCESSING/DISPOSAL
Trash from office and residential buildings 14,709 100 13,762 100
Food waste 924 100 732 100