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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 75%

reduced our energy consumption per workplace by 36%

reduced our water consumption per workplace by 22%

In 2019 we have:

introduced a deposit system for take-away coffee cups and phased out individually packaged snacks in meeting and conference areas

participated for the first time in the European Week for Waste Reduction

further fostered biodiversity by installing new insect hotels as well as bat and bird houses on our premises

Environmental protection
at the ECB

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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.

Previous releases
21 October 2019
ECB environmental statement 2019
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2020 update of the ECB’s Environmental Statement
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26 October 2016
ECB environmental statement 2016
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12 September 2013
ECB environmental statement 2013
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14 December 2010
ECB environmental statement 2010