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• impact on the natural environment / three areas for action

For long-term car rentals, Arval uses only vehicles

that are less than three years old. These

cars are equipped with electronic cruise control,

catalytic converters and other systems that help

lower emis-sions. They are very carefully maintained,

and drivers are given practical guidelines

outlining simple changes in driving habits that

can make a big difference to the environment.

In France, commuting between the home and

office has a substantial impact. In provincial

towns the Bank covers a part of the costs

incurred by employees using public transport

to get to work, going be-yond its legal obligations

in this respect. The contribution is higher

for those living in towns with more than 100,000

inhabitants. More than 12,000 employees in

France benefit from these measures.

The energy consumption of buildings is controlled,

and the main avenues for raising the

Group’s environmental efficiency involve installing

better-performing new technology at the

time of building reno-vations or construction,

and when equipment is up for replacement.

BNP Paribas’ emission levels in France compare

favourably with the results published by

other banks pursuing similar goals.

Cortal Consors offsets its CO 2 emissions

with environmental projects

Cortal Consors conducted an audit of

its headquarters building in France

to quantify emissions gener-ated by the

building’s energy consumption and the

travel of employees. The total came to

2,062 metric tonnes of CO 2 equivalent

(tCO 2 eq) per year, which represents 3.44

tCO 2 eq per employee. Without wait-ing

for its emissions-reduction programme to

produce results, Cortal Consors has chosen

to offset its emissions through its Useful

Investing (Investir Utile) operation,

which involved customers, employees and

partners. The sums collected were paid

into the Carbon Action (Action Carbone)

programme launched by GoodPlanet, a

non-governmental organisation chaired

by photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand,

in partnership with Ademe, France’s

environmental protection and energy

conservation agency.

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