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Footprint Reduction

Making a Difference in Our Operations

Our environmental footprint is the sum of the environmental impacts of our operations, comprising of energy use, paper consumption, employee travel, water use and waste generation. The RBC Environmental Blueprint (opens PDF in new window) includes 20 specific, long-term footprint reduction targets and commitments for greenhouse gas emissions, energy, paper, water, waste, green buildings and responsible procurement. We monitor and report progress against these commitments and provide details on our programs and performance in our annual Corporate Responsibility Report.

Our efforts to reduce the intensity of our environmental footprint are paying off and we’re committed to a path of continuous improvement.


Reducing Our Environmental Footprint

You are on: Greenhouse Gases and Energy

We emit greenhouse gases (GHGs) when we burn oil and natural gas in our heating systems; however, the majority of our greenhouse gas emissions are indirect, such as through our use of purchased electricity, employee travel, and delivery of supplies to our properties. We use energy to heat and cool buildings, run our technology infrastructure and lighting systems, and for other purposes.

Our progress to date

We are committed to reducing GHG emissions and improving energy efficiency in our operations, and have set a target to reduce GHG emission intensity by 20% in our properties by 2018.


Our progress to date

The use of renewable energy is widely seen as an effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RBC’s commitment to renewable energy in our properties dates back to 2005, when we were the first major financial institution in Canada to purchase clean renewable energy from Bullfrog Power. This partnership continues today, making RBC one of the largest purchasers of renewable energy in Canada.