Sustainable development nurtures a special attitude towards the world around us, demonstrating that ignoring ecological needs will result in degradation of the environment and endanger the very existence of the mankind. Environmental protection is the dominant strand in the ESG (Environmental. Social. Governance) concept, and company’s activities cannot be viewed as “sustainable” unless they include nature conservation measures, primarily those aimed at reducing the consumption of resources of our planet.
The development of renewable energy is one of the most important trends in the Russian electric power industry and one of the fastest developing sectors in the global economy. It represents a step forward in terms of technology, digitization, and environmental standards.
At present, over 60% of domestic projects in the renewable energy field are implemented with credit support from Gazprombank, which confirms the Bank’s strong interest in green energy projects. The Bank team completed the industry’s first solar power plant construction financing deal back in 2015, and Gazprombank sees good prospects for the financing of more renewable energy projects.
In November 2019, Gazprombank and the portfolio company of the Wind Energy Development Fund (a joint investment fund established by Fortum and the ROSNANO Group on a parity basis) signed a loan agreement for the purposes of financing the construction of 50.4 MW wind power plant No. 2 in Ulyanovsk and two wind generation plants with a total capacity of 200 MW in the Republic of Kalmykia. The wind generation farms will start supplying electricity to the wholesale electricity and capacity market (WECM) in the fourth quarter of 2020.
In January 2021, Gazprombank entered into a package transaction with VetroSGC-2 (subsidiary of Rosatom) for financing a construction of wind power plants in Russia with total power output of 340 MW. The key feature of this transaction is that its parameters do not depend solely on economic indicators but also on sustainable development goals.
In 2019, the Bank invested in Gazprom - Gas-Engine Fuel LLC, a company engaged in the establishment of infrastructure for the development of the gas motor fuel market in the Russian Federation. On average throughout the country, automobile transport is responsible for approximately 44% of overall pollution, reaching as high as 93% in major cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg. Natural gas is a cleaner type of fuel compared to gasoline or diesel.
In the course of 2019, 28 new gas motor fuel infrastructure facilities were built or purchased. The transition to gas motor fuel will reduce the level of harmful atmospheric pollutants generated by the transport sector and thus allow city dwellers to breathe cleaner air. The company strategy envisages further expansion of the fueling station network to make gas motor fuel more accessible for consumers.
The Environmental Projects Center, which includes professional environmental auditors, provides additional services in the following areas:
Consulting on the granting of subsidies from the federal budget for reimbursement of part of the costs entailed in the implementation of investment projects involving the introduction of the best-available technologies within the framework of the Rules approved by RF Governmental Resolution No. 541 dated April 30, 2019 (as amended by RF Governmental Resolution No. 2073 dated December 10, 2020).
Technologies aimed at preserving our planet’s ecological resources are acquiring paramount importance for the sustainable development of the global economy. All innovations that reduce h, cut emissions of pollutants, and help switch to more environmentally friendly materials enable companies to take a step towards responsible business conduct.
Gazprombank, jointly with the FinTech Association and the Bank of Russia, became one of the first Russian banks to launch a decentralized depository system (DDS) for mortgage deed accounting using blockchain technology. Application of this technology will also significantly improve the stability and reliability of electronic deeds data, reduce execution times, stop the use of numerous hard copies, eradicate the risk of fraud and the emergence of a gray mortgage deeds market, and minimize the risks of non-existent pledges.
The Boardmaps automated system was implemented to reduce consumption of resources, enabling electronic circulation of pre-read materials for meetings of the Bank’s collegiate bodies and, ultimately, creating a paper-free office environment.
In August 2020, Gazprombank became a partner of the third Moscow Accelerator track. The track is devoted to financial technologies and aims at scaling technological solutions of startups. The project is being implemented by Moscow Agency of Innovations in partnership with the Moscow Innovation Cluster and with support from the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development of Moscow.
Additionally, Gazprombank is an investor of the Russian Quantum Center, a 4,000-square-meter scientific center located on the second floor of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology. It already has 13 laboratories fitted out with modern equipment as well as a unique non-magnetic chamber that weakens external magnetic fields a thousand-fold.
17 research teams, which are engaged in fundamental research of quantum technologies, comprise Russian and international scientists, as well as students and graduates of the RQC department at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Besides scientific activities, the employees have opportunity to carry out practical projects.
Preservation of our planet’s biodiversity is one of the most significant aspects of sustainable development.
In 2014, Gazprombank committed to an unusual pet: Berry, a female Far Eastern leopard that lives in the Land of the Leopard reserve in the Primorye Territory, home to ninety percent of the Far Eastern leopard population.
In June 2015, Gazprombank started issuing its Leopardess Berry Cards featuring this remarkable animal. The Bank transfers 1% of every purchase made using the Leopardess Berry Visa Card to the Social Responsibility Charity Fund, for subsequent spending on Berry’s sustenance. The primary goal of this program is to preserve the population of the Far Eastern leopard and help create conditions in which it can thrive.
In 2019, the Bank started migrating to the concept of “green” office, i.e. an office where consumption of resources is rational and sparing, and employees are actively involved in waste collection and recycling programs.
Containers were installed in three Moscow offices to collect batteries, plastic cups and plastic lids in an initiative that is to be rolled out at all Bank sites. In addition, starting from the end of this year, all documents destroyed in the Bank’s Central Archives Store have been handed over for recycling.
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