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Eco-efficient buildings, an environmental management benchmark at Bankia

The bank promotes actions in the field of eco-efficiency in order to achieve the objectives set out in the 2017-2020 Eco-efficiency Plan.

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By  Communication Bankia

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20 November 2019 - 13:00

Bankia has an environmental management system in its most emblematic buildings in Madrid, Valencia and Las Palmas, which makes them benchmarks of the bank in terms of efficient management.

All of them are certified as per the ISO 14001 standard, which allows companies to show their commitment to protecting the environment by managing the environmental risks derived from their activity.

The building located at number 9 Calle Miguel Villanueva in Logroño became part of this group of buildings in 2019; it has also obtained the 14001 certificate, which recognises it as an example of good environmental practices.

Efficiency improvements have been made in all these buildings in terms of consumption, following the provisions of the 2017-2020 Ecoefficiency and Climate Change Plan, which have allowed large savings in water, electricity, paper and toner.

The Workin Bankia project at the Bankia Tower in Madrid stands out in this regard. The project was aimed at optimising and modernising spaces at the operational headquarters of the bank.

Thanks to this, the building is more sustainable in terms of reducing water consumption, with taps that save up to 75% of water, and energy savings associated with climate control and lighting, with more than 1.5 GWh saved. Bankia Tower also has sustainable furniture with FSC certifications and environmental product certificates for the vast majority of its elements.

A new call management system for lifts has also been commissioned at the bank's operational headquarters, and heating boilers have been modified to improve their efficiency.

Bankia, commitment to the environment

The bank is achieving significant savings in water, electricity, paper and toner, in line with the 2017-2020 Eco-efficiency and Climate Change Plan.

Bankia edificio sostenible Valencia

Heat recovery and photovoltaic plants

Moreover, in the building that Bankia has in Las Rozas (Madrid), an innovative system of heat recovery has been implemented in the air conditioning equipment to capture the heat coming from the building's generators and using it to heat the water of heating boilers. This allows the building to be heated without starting the boilers and saving more than 39% of natural gas in the first nine months of 2019.

The irrigation system has been redesigned, eliminating spraying, installing a rain sensor and replacing garden with xerophilous plants with low water requirements.

In these facilities, the single-lever taps have also been replaced with push-button taps and the total discharge tanks have been replaced with double-flush tanks in the toilets, same as in the Triana 20, in Las Palmas. In both cases, savings in water consumption reached 21%.

The building on Pintor Sorolla street, in Valencia, stands out for its photovoltaic installation, which allows the production of non-polluting electricity. This system has avoided the emission of more than 30 tonnes of CO2 since 2016. In this building, a remote management method has also been implemented to increase efficiency and its lighting system has been refurbished with LED equipment. The energy savings achieved with this measure was 297,327 Kwh, which is the annual consumption of 10 Bankia offices or 30 homes in Spain.

Bankia sucursales sostenibles

Eco-efficient offices

Bankia has developed a project to optimise and modernise its offices, replacing more than 600 HVAC equipment with more efficient ones and implementing remote management in more than 120 offices.

Bankia’s corporate office model incorporates energy and water saving criteria. All offices, both new and refurbished ones, have LED lighting both inside and outside, as well as efficient air conditioning systems and water-saving systems for taps and toilets.

Both the offices and the corporate buildings are making an effort to reduce the consumption of toner and paper with initiatives such as the use of 99.8% of chlorine-free recycled paper or the monitoring of the bank’s printers, which allows real-time control of consumption. This project includes two-side printing by default, limiting the allocation of printers to work centres and broadcasting awareness messages promoting paper savings among employees.

This initiative includes the promotion of electronic signing of contracts with customers and suppliers, the management of payment of invoices through a specific digital platform without generating paper and digital correspondence for digital customers.

Waste management

In a European context of promoting circular economy for the reuse of waste, Bankia is continuing its campaigns to donate furniture and electrical and electronic equipment to non-profit organisations engaged in social activities and educational centres.

The bank believes that these donations are an important contribution to the social work of these organizations and also avoid the generation of waste.

Recycling of ballpoint pens, mechanical pencils and highlighters is one of the projects that Bankia is undertaking to reuse waste. These office materials produce plastics and metals that are reused by introducing them back into the economy as another raw material. They can be used to manufacture items, such as street furniture.

Another project by Bankia in this area is the selective collection of plastic stoppers with a double aim: social and environmental. In addition to recycling them, they are also used to support children suffering from Phelan-McDermind syndrome, a rare disease that is only diagnosed in about 140 children in Spain and 2,000 around the world.

Beyond the recycling of plastic and metal, Bankia has launched an initiative for the segregation and composting of pruning waste in the Las Rozas building, thereby eliminating the generation of this type of waste by transforming it into a type of compost that is used to pay for the gardens of these facilities. This project is another clear example of circular economy.


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