As the awareness of the challenges of climate change has grown, greenhouse gas emissions and the careful handling of resources have become the focus of environmental commitment – both on the political and legislative level and within companies.
As a direct consequence, Deutsche Börse Group has developed a comprehensive package of internal and external measures. The internal initiatives focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water and paper consumption as well as waste to improve the environmental friendliness of the Group. In our market initiatives, we draw on our competence as a marketplace organiser to offer innovative products and services for a sustainable future, such as indices on environmental issues or trading emissions allowances.
Environmental issues have been an important element of our corporate responsibility concept since 2008. To us, environmental protection is an unconditional obligation to preserve our basic natural resources. In 2010, we extended our environmental data analysis to increase the transparency of our reports and implement further emission savings opportunities. Furthermore, we require our suppliers to comply with minimum environmental standards and are continuously expanding our range of environmental trading products.
Using resources to deliver on corporate responsibility
It is our aim to further reduce our ecological footprint. In recent years, we have already made progress in reducing our resource consumption through a number of environmental protection activities. We see these initiatives as an ongoing process with the aim of continuously improving the Group-wide environmental management. In this process, it is of central importance to raise our employees’ sensibility for ecological issues.
Two central processes aim at raising environmental awareness within the Company and help us profit from our employees’ ideas. The Group innovation tool YouNovate allows for the submission of ideas for improvement regarding a resource-preserving corporate culture. Four times a year, the 'Green Day' offers comprehensive information to employees on a central environmental topic.
Sustainable products – ecological investments
We are not only striving to run our business as ecologically as possible, but also to promote ecological trading. We act responsibly on the global capital markets, guided by sustainability criteria. This is why we offer our customers options to invest ecologically, and have created two indices, the ÖkoDAX® and the DAXglobal® Sarasin Sustainability Index. Working in conjunction with the European Energy Exchange AG (EEX), trading in emission certificates has also been made possible.
The Cube – setting ecological standards
In 2010, we relocated our Company's headquarters to Eschborn. Our new building “The Cube” is among the most energy-efficient and ecofriendly in the whole of Germany. The building has a primary energy consumption of 150 kWh/sqm, thus saving approximately 60 per cent more energy than stipulated in the Energy Saving Directive 2007 (EnEV 2007). The building's own electricity production through an integrated combined heat and power unit covers up to 30 per cent of electricity needs. Due to its ecologically innovative construction, it is one of the first buildings in Germany to receive a platinum-standard Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council. The key to this uniquely efficient building design is an integrative energy concept, combining architectural, facade construction and building equipment features.
Environmental initiatives in practise
To further enhance energy efficiency and use the resources available to us responsibly, we take a number of measures and participate in different projects. Further information on the measures and projects such as Equinix, GoGreen, Green Day, Ökoprofit and our orchard project is available for download below.