Leading by example; innovating finance for impact.
We aim to take a leading role in the transition of the financial system by adopting a frontrunner position. For this, we not only aim to change finance by advocating for sustainability and human dignity in banking but also endeavour to finance change by addressing major sustainability challenges through finance.
Triodos Bank has developed a focused vision on how we strive to continue to create positive impact. The five interlinked transition themes we have identified to address key societal and environmental issues will serve as a starting point and will shape our direction in the coming years. For more information, please refer to Our impact approach .
Key objectives in 2023:
Decrease the GHG emission intensity of our lending and investment portfolio (Scope 3 - category 15)
Increase the GHG sequestration or absorbance of CO2e of our lending and investment portfolio
Scope of our AsOneToZero ambition
Our target to be net zero by 2035 at the latest encompasses both our own operational emissions as a company, as well as emissions in our value chain, including all our loans and investments. In carbon accounting terms, this is also referred to as Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.
Scope 1 covers direct GHG emissions that occur from sources that Triodos Bank owns or controls directly, such as through the use of natural gas for heating and fossil fuel for company and lease cars.
Scope 2 covers indirect GHG emissions from the generation of purchased and consumed electricity, steam, heating and cooling by Triodos Bank, such as electricity for its office buildings or electric fleet vehicles.
Scope 3 encompasses all other indirect GHG emissions that occur up and down Triodos Bank's value chain. Business travel and employee commuting are examples of the upstream emissions. The downstream emissions category 15 is especially relevant for Triodos Bank and all financial institutions because these are the financed emissions, the emissions of all our loans and investments.
For more information about the emissions resulting from our own operations, please refer to the Environmental report . For more information about emissions generated, sequestered and avoided by our financed activities, please refer to Climate impact of our loans and investments .