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Die Konzernzentrale in Eschborn wurde 2010 mit dem Platin-Standard des US-amerikanischen Nachhaltigkeitszertifikats „Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design“ (LEED) ausgezeichnet.

As 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. Deutsche Börse Group has also made environmental issues an integral part of its sustainability activities.

Thus, we published our new climate strategy in May 2021. Our clear goal is to become net climate neutral by 2025. To achieve this, we are proceeding as follows:

  • In a first step, CO2 emissions per working place are expected to be cut by 50 per cent this year compared to the year 2019, with direct measures that help to prevent CO2 emissions. Those will include a switch in the energy supply of office buildings towards renewable energies, the carbon neutralisation of business trips as well as an advanced infrastructure for e-mobility on-site.
  • In a second step, these measures will be further enhanced to reduce emissions by another 20 percentage points by 2023.
  • In a third step, the remaining 30 per cent base of annual emissions will be offset by real compensation of emissions from 2025 onwards with external projects e.g. through afforestation.

In addition, we will have our climate strategy validated by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTI).

In order to be able to control our resource consumption even better, we have been collecting and monitoring our CO2 indicators across the Group since the end of 2021 using a tool-based solution.

Within our Group-wide initiatives, we focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water and paper consumption as well as waste to minimise our ecological footprint. These initiatives include:

  • using shuttle buses between the locations Eschborn and Luxembourg to cut down on individual trips
  • offering job tickets for local public transport to staff in Frankfurt/Eschborn
  • more frequent use of video conferences instead of business travel to reduce emissions
  • using double-sided printing as the default printer setting
  • reducing the number of printed publications
  • sending letters and parcels at the Frankfurt/Eschborn site and parcels at the Luxembourg site via the “Go Green” initiative of Deutsche Post and DHL
  • purchasing sustainably generated hydroelectricity to run Group-wide servers at the EQUINIX data centre in Frankfurt/Bergen-Enkheim

Since 2020, the unavoidable CO2 emissions of the previous year are being neutralised through the purchase and retirement of CO2 certificates.We have chosen the highest standard (certificates in the "Gold Standard" category), which are specially tailored to our industry.

Moreover, wherever possible, Deutsche Börse Group buys exclusively environmentally compatible products. These include FSC paper with high thickness at low grammage, recyclable toners as well as other office supplies and small appliances that carry the “Blue Angel” or “Energy Star” seal.

At the same time, we continue to work on optimising the collection of Group-wide environmental data in order to increase transparency in our reporting and to uncover further cost-saving opportunities.

Our environmental KPIs can be found below.