The use of Helaba’s office buildings has the largest influence on the amount of resources that the bank consumes. Our goal is to continually reduce the consumption of resources at all our locations.
Helaba’s main building, the MAIN TOWER, is a low-energy building with 56 floors. Since 2011 is has been certified accord-ing to the standards of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as an environmentally-friendly, resource-saving and sustainable building. In 2016, we achieved LEED Platinum status – the best possible assessment - by imple-menting specific measures to increase the efficient use of resources. The usable area of 62,000 square metres is heated using the building’s own micro combined heat and power (CHP) unit. In additions, the building has its own geothermal heating system. In order to monitor the efficiency of our energy management, we regularly collect and evaluate our energy consumption data.
Frankfurter Sparkasse has been compiling environmental data since 1996 and published it in a validated environmental statement until 2015. In 2016, the Sparkasse launched a shakeup of its existing environmental management system. Until the bank’s Board of Managing Directors has taken a final policy decision in this regard, certification according to the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) has been suspended. Frankfurter Sparkasse adheres to the environmental stand-ards it had previously achieved. Relevant processes have been put in place and will continue to be applied regardless of a voluntary certification. Therefore, in case of possible re-certification, the bank will be able to ensure almost seamless conti-nuity from existing standards (EMAS, ISO 14001).