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  An update from RBC Corporate Environmental Affairs

January 2012   


New and Notable


RBC $20 Million Impact Fund Breaks New Ground


We have committed $20 million to a new social and environmental initiative aimed at facilitating solutions to social and environmental problems. "Impact finance" describes a range of financial vehicles and services that use private capital to finance solutions to social and environmental challenges while generating financial return, and is expected to help drive the next wave of innovation and productivity growth in the global economy. This is the first such initiative announced by a major Canadian financial institution. For more information visit RBC Impact Financing.

RBC $20 Million Impact Fund Breaks New Ground




It’s official! RBC Centre is the Largest LEED for New Construction Certified Project in Canada


It’s official! RBC Centre is the Largest LEED for New Construction Certified Project in Canada

The RBC Centre has attained LEED Gold Certification becoming the largest certified LEED for New Construction (NC) project in Canada. The 1.2 million square foot office tower in downtown Toronto has a number of innovative features that not only help to increase its environmental performance and add to employee comfort, but also reduce its operating costs – the RBC Centre has achieved a 40 per cent energy cost savings and 47 per cent indoor water savings! For more information on the RBC Centre and its environmental features, visit RBC Centre Green.




Protecting Your Home From Water Damage


According to a recent RBC Insurance survey, 25 per cent of Canadian homeowners have experienced water damage to their home over the past two years. A few simple steps to help reduce the risk of water damage in winter include:

  • Clear eaves troughs and downspouts to ensure water drains properly during rain and snowstorms.
  • Ensure that your roof, doors, windows and basement foundation are properly maintained and seal any cracks.
  • Maintain proper heating in your home and insulate any exposed pipes to prevent freezing.
  • Clear the snow three to five feet from the foundation of your home to reduce the risk of basement water leakage.
Protecting Your Home From Water Damage

For more information, please see our video: Water Damage - What is your home covered for?




RBC Recognized for Leadership in Energy Reduction


RBC Recognized for Leadership in Energy Reduction

Greening Greater Toronto has recognized RBC for its leadership in energy reduction within its 6 Toronto office buildings with the Race to Reduce co-Award for Tenant Action and Innovation. The Race to Reduce challenges Toronto office building landlords and tenants to public commit to work together to reduce the energy use in participating office buildings by at least 10 per cent over four years. So far, there are 380 organizations in the Greater Toronto Area participating in the challenge, accounting for 117 buildings with over 50 million square feet of office space.

From left, Nadeem Shabbar, VP Corporate Real Estate, Steven Krause, CBRE Energy Systems Manager, Ruth Weiner, Manager Energy and Environment, and Linda Mantia, SVP Enterprise Services and Chief Procurement Officer, accept the award.




See You at Globe 2012!


RBC is proud to be a Diamond level sponsor of GLOBE 2012 Business and Environment Conference. GLOBE, held in Vancouver from March 14-16, is one of the world's largest and longest-running conferences dedicated to business and the environment. It features sessions presented by world-renowned sustainability experts, as well as leading-edge innovations in corporate sustainability and competitiveness, clean energy, climate change, sustainability in finance, water and greener cities. Join Andrea Bolger, senior vice president for Business Financial Services at RBC, as she moderates the Executive Roundtable on Emerging Best Practices in Sustainable Retail. Or visit the RBC booth for

See You at Globe 2012!

practical financial advice to support your business’s sustainability efforts, and sit down for one of our short information sessions on a range of sustainability topics.




It’s Not Too Late to Apply for a RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant



It’s Not Too Late to Apply for a RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant

The deadline for RBC Blue Water Project 2012 Leadership Grant applications is Friday, February 3. Leadership Grants range from $25,000 to $500,000 and support organizations working on protecting watersheds and improving access to clean drinking water in any of the regions in which RBC is located. In 2011, we awarded over
$4 million in Leadership Grants to 31 organizations working in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, the British Isles and Brazil. For more information, visit RBC Blue Water Project Guidelines and Eligibility.




Do You Know a Hometown Hero?


Do You Know a Hometown Hero?

Every year, Earth Day Canada (EDC) recognizes Canada's environmental leaders through the Hometown Heroes Award Program. This program celebrates the accomplishments of individuals, groups or small businesses that look for local solutions to improve the state of the environment. For the third consecutive year, RBC is proud to sponsor the Group Hometown Heroes Award, which will be presented at the annual EDC gala in Toronto on June 6, 2012.

Do you know a Hometown Hero? Nominations are due March 30, 2012.



Profiles in Green Financing

South Tyne & Wear Waste Project


Profiles in Green Financing South Tyne & Wear Waste Project

The South Tyne & Wear Waste Project is an energy-from-waste (EfW) facility located in the North East of England. The facility will process waste and convert it into energy by first mechanically removing all recyclable materials from the waste stream followed by an EfW process that generates energy from the incineration of the remaining waste.

When fully operational in 2014, the facility

will have the capacity to process 256,000 tonnes of waste per year, diverting more than 90 per cent of waste from landfill. In doing so, it will also generate 18 megawatts of renewable energy per year, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The South Tyne & Wear Waste facility is being realized via a design, build, finance and operate model by a consortium consisting of recycling and resource management company SITA UK, Japanese trading house Itochu, and the infrastructure company Lend Lease. RBC Capital Markets acted as exclusive financial adviser to the consortium, raising over £200 million of senior debt to finance the development and construction of the project.





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