Over the past five years, First National Bank (FNB) has reduced the CO2 footprint of its branches by nearly 50%.

This is thanks to a combination of energy-saving measures, such as the installation of LED lighting in new branches; retrofitting existing branches with LED lighting to reduce electricity consumption; equipping each branch with online metering technology to monitor electricity use; setting all air-conditioning units to 22°C; and switching off unused equipment after hours.

Lee-Anne van Zyl, FNB points of presence CEO, adds that the bank’s energy-efficiency measures also include the use of solar PV panels at some of its campuses.

‘Energy efficiency is a long-term commitment for us, because we believe it is the right thing to do,’ she says. ‘Similarly, we encourage our staff, individual and business customers, as well as corporate partners to continue playing their part in energy efficiency.’

FNB’s solar campus project started in 2015, with the panels having a cumulative capacity of up to 4.3 MW. Van Zyl adds that the activated panels currently produce 5.8 MWh per annum while a further 613 kWh installed capacity is awaiting activation approval.

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