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Environmental protection at the ECB

As a European institution, we have a role to play in protecting the environment and fighting climate change. To improve our environmental performance and reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible we adopted an environmental policy in 2007 and have been registered with the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) since 2010.

Since 2008, we have:

reduced our carbon emissions per workplace by 74%

reduced our energy consumption per workplace by 54%

reduced our office paper consumption per workplace by 69%

In 2019 we have:

eliminated hazardous substances from the cleaning process by using non-chemical methods

joined forces with the European Parliament to offset remaining CO2 emissions

enabled electronic submission of public tenders so as to reduce paper consumption

Environmental protection
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about environmental protection at the ECB and in other EU institutions

Environmental policy

This policy provides a set of clear measures that help us to improve our environmental performance and minimise our ecological footprint.

Our main building’s energy-saving features

Find out how we recycle energy, heat and rainwater to make our skyscraper as green as possible.

Inter-institutional collaboration

Learn more about how the European institutions that are registered with EMAS work together to reduce their ecological footprint.

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