EBI Publications

1. Greening of banking operations &infrastructure In the last few years, a number of banks have adopted measures in order to optimize the consumption of natural resources like energy and decrease their carbon footprint. However, the adoption of green banking in operations involves complete Business Process Re-engineering (BPR). Major measures adopted within this category are summarized as follows; - Green buildings: Green building is defined as a “practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life - cycle starting from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction” Consequently, the civil society as well as the non-profit organizations worldwide started exerting pressures on the banks in order to incorporate environmental considerations in their lending programs and their day-to-day activities. Banks are therefore obliged to be accountable and responsible for their businesses. Tools of Green Banking The adoption of Green Banking is a cultural shift within a bank and is supposed to affect all aspects of doing business. For understanding the perspective, Green- banking activities may be grouped in the hereunder- major categories: 1. Greening of banking operations and infrastructure. 2. Proactive green banking products and services. 3. Awareness and training of stakeholders.