Going Paris Proof

Dutch bank ABN AMRO is investing millions of Euros to make its buildings more sustainable. The bank has pledged €20 million to help enhance the sustainability of 64 of its buildings before 2030. This includes its office on Foppingadreef in Amsterdam Zuidoost, as well as its headquarters on Gustav Mahlerlaan in Zuidas. ABN AMRO is aiming to stop using gas altogether and wants to invest part of the fund to develop systems that can predict the weather and adjust energy consumption accordingly. Additionally, it hopes to earn the “Paris Proof” qualification, which requires that office buildings only use a maximum of 50 kilowatt hours per square metre each year. 

Cutting gas and energy consumption

To achieve its goals, ABN AMRO must save more than 12.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. Currently, its 64 buildings in the Netherlands consume more than 34 million kilowatt hours a year, making this an ambitious target. Smart technologies are set to play a key part in the bank’s drive to become more sustainable. In the future, ABN AMRO plans to install specialised LED lighting in the buildings that will change brightness to match the level required for the activities taking place in a specific room or area. Solar panels will also be added to cover every metre of available space, generating additional power, while climate systems that anticipate and adjust to local weather forecasts will play an important role in energy saving as well. 

The bank claims these changes could help to slash its C02 emissions by 6,371 tonnes annually by 2030. Currently, it emits 15,400 tonnes every year. ABN AMRO also plans to share its sustainability journey with customers with the aim of accelerating the green transformation of the greater economy. 

A sustainable city

Amsterdam is already home to many buildings that use technology to protect the environment. For example, The Edge in Amsterdam Zuid insulates water in an aquifier during the summer and uses it to generate heat in the winter. Johan Cruijff ArenA stores electricity in repurposed car batteries for later use and its retractable roof is covered in more than 4,300 solar panels.

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