Environmental data

Our reporting on environmental data generally follows the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (G4) of the Global Reporting Initiative. The Group's carbon footprint is oriented towards the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol's Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. For data compilation, Allianz further applies the standards developed by the Association of Financial Institutions for Environmental Management and Sustainability (Verein für Umweltmanagement und Nachhaltigkeit in Finanzinstitutionen "VfU") as they are tailored to financial services institutions.

 

Environmental Management

Our Group-wide Environmental Management System (EMS) provides standards and controls, supports environmental data collection and promotes transparent reporting of environmental impacts across our operations. It guides us in monitoring and managing our resource use, including water consumption and waste generated. Whilst in the context of our carbon footprint these two impacts are not material (generally combined <3% of total carbon footprint), we consider these impacts important both within a global and local context and the communities in which we operate. In 2018, the scope of our EMS included 93.6% of employees (2017: 91.1%). Operational implementation is monitored by the Group Environmental Officer, and is supported by the Board of Management of Allianz SE.

 

GHG emissions

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(CO2e metric tonnes)1

2018

2017

2016

Scope 1 – Direct GHG emissions, total

46,734

51,838

56,856

Scope 2 – Indirect GHG emissions (market based) total2

159,181

167,888

164,090

Scope 2 – Indirect GHG emissions (location based) total2

239,132

257,488

260,516

Scope 3 – Other indirect GHG emissions, total

167,533

158,664

168,459

Scope 1–3 GHG emissions, total

373,448

378,391

389,405

KPI: Total GHG emissions per employee

2.7

2.7

2.8

1 Please note, that the historic data for CO2e emissions (2016 and 2017) were restated, which includes the methodology change for scope 3 emissions from electricity.

2 Electricity scope 2 emissions is in CO2 due to data availability (IEA).

 

Cutting our emissions

The most material emissions from our own operations arise through energy consumption, business travel and paper use. To target our efforts, we have committed to reduce carbon emissions by 30% per employee by 2020, against a 2010 baseline. By the end of 2018, we had reduced CO2 emissions by 27,0% per employee against our 2010 baseline year. This represents a decrease in our emissions against the previous year (-1.3% absolute), mainly due to improved scope of measurement, the project stage in our data center consolidation and expansion of our international business presence, requiring more travel.

As part of our continuous improvement process, our approach to managing the environmental impacts at the Allianz SE Campus in Munich has been further formalised and received certification to the international environmental standard ISO14001.

 

Energy consumption

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2018

20171

2016

Total energy consumption [GJ]

2,636,398

2,783,178

2,969,330

Energy consumption from our office buildings [GJ]2

2,240,060

2,391,123

2,494,055

Energy consumption from our data centers [GJ]2

396,338

392,055

475,275

KPI: Energy consumption from office buildings per employee [GJ]2

16.1

17.0

17.9

Electricity [%]

72.2

70.9

71.5

Fossil fuels [%]

14.1

16.4

17.1

Long-distance heating [%]

13.5

12.4

11.1

Other (energy from own sources including photovoltaic, internal waste heat) [%]

0.2

0.3

0.3

Green electricity as a share of total electricity used [%]

45

45

41

Please note, that the historic data for energy (2017, including the share of renewable electricity) was restated.

2 We are in the process of consolidating our global data center estate. The reported energy consumption relates to our strategic data centers in Europe, the U.S. and Singapore. Up to the end of this consolidation program, the energy consumption from some local data centers will be included in the energy consumption reported for office buildings.

 
 
 
 
 
Our target is a 30% reduction in energy consumption per employee by 2020, compared with 2010. We have achieved a 34% cut so far and 45% of the energy we used came from renewable, low-carbon sources in 2018.

Water

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2018

2017

2016

Total water consumption [m3]

1,830,782

1,940,030

1887,526

Water consumption per employee [liters]

13.1

13.8

13.5

Drinking water [%]

87.6

86.6

87.2

Rain water [%]

0.4

0.3

0.4

Natural water [%]

12.0

13.1

12.4

Minimizing water use is a principle commitment under our Group Environmental Guidelines.

Waste

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2018

2017

2016

Total waste [tons]

19,575

21,474

21,438

Waste per employee [kg]

140

153

154

Waste incinerated [%]

40.3

39.5

43.3

Waste recycled [%]

39.9

40.7

40.2

Waste to landfills [%]

19.8

19.4

15.9

Special waste treatment [%]

0.1

0.3

0.6

We seek to minimize the waste we generate and to re-use or recycle where possible. In 2017, efforts to avoid waste in our day-to-day office operations included the introduction of re-usable take-away coffee cups at Allianz Technology in Munich. This avoids cup disposal and builds on the set-up established at Allianz SE, where an internal deposit-system for ceramic mugs has eliminated disposable cups entirely since 2015.

 

Paper

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2018

2017

20161

Total paper consumption [metric tons]

12,332

14,038

16,325

KPI: Paper consumption [kg/1000 policies]

83

98

117

Recycled paper [%]

40

37

37

FSC-labelled paper [%]

50

47

47

1 Please note, that the data for 2016 has been restated, for further details, please see our explanatory notes.
We are aiming for a 40% paper reduction by 2020 against a 2014 baseline. By the end of 2018, we had achieved a reduction of 38% (2017: 27% on same basis). We will be stepping up efforts through the increasing shift towards digital communication with our customers and paperless ways of working in our offices.

Travel

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2018

2017

2016

Total travel [km]

941,564,230

952,221,036

917,846,303

Travel per employee [km]

6,749

6,776

6,582

Road travel (includes business travel by rental car, fleet car and private car) [%]

38.3

40.7

43.9

Air travel [%]

53.9

51.5

47.5

Rail travel [%]

7.9

7.8

8.5

In 2018, business travel accounted for 37% of our carbon footprint. To drive this down, we encourage employees to avoid travel for non-business-critical and non-client-related meetings of less than three hours. We are also strengthening the CO2 performance of our vehicle fleet with electric cars in use in countries such as Germany, Netherlands, Malaysia, France, and Belgium.