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EBRD Sustainability
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Sustainability Awards

The annual EBRD Sustainability Awards recognise the efforts of clients who have gone beyond the Bank’s Performance Requirements for managing environmental and social issues, promoting energy efficiency or combating climate change. This year’s winners were BNP Paribas Bank Polska (Poland) for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, and Garanti Bank (Turkey) for Environmental and Social Performance.

We received 25 nominations across the two categories and the winners were selected by an external judging panel consisting of experts in finance and sustainability. The quality of nominations this year was exceptional and shortlisting deserving clients was challenging. We are very proud of our clients' efforts and the excellent quality of the nominations and winners.

Environmental and Social Performance Award – Garanti Bank

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Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Award – BNP Paribas

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Sustainability Awards > Winner Profiles

2014 winners

Environmental and Social Performance Award – Garanti Bank, Turkey

Garanti Bank, Turkey’s second largest private bank, was recognised by the EBRD for both its leadership in addressing key sustainability issues within its activities and its continuous support for innovative financing products.

Garanti has developed a new Environmental Policy and has set up a dedicated unit to manage sustainability issues. The bank is committed to minimising the environmental impact of its in-house operations by using resources efficiently. Garanti also manages sustainability issues within its lending portfolio by financing projects with environmental and social components and by declining, for example, projects which are involved in the trade/transport of hazardous chemicals that contribute to the over-exploitation of fisheries or have a negative effect on wetlands.

Garanti Bank From left Kadri Samsunlu, Chief Financial Officer, Afken; Afsar Yegin, Sustainability Manager, Garanti Bank; and Terry McCallion, EBRD Director for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change.

Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Award – BNP Paribas Bank Polska, Poland

BNP Paribas Bank Polska has been operating in Poland since 1990 and is an ambassador for sustainable energy financing in the country. BNP Paribas was one of the first partners of the EBRD Polish Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (PolSEFF) and its investments under PolSEFF now result in annual energy savings of 50,512 MWh and emission reductions of 15,128 tCO2.

BNP Paribas integrates sustainable energy lending and social responsibility policies across its operations, and has successfully used both lending and leasing to provide sustainable energy financing worth €34.2 million across 293 projects aimed at supporting small and medium-sized enterprises.

BNP Paribas also continuously expands into new areas: the bank is currently developing an educational programme for children and is planning to launch a new residential energy efficiency product.

BNP Paribas From left Terry McCallion, EBRD Director for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change; Teresa Matoga, Head of EI & Public Programme at BNP Paribas; and Ksenia Brockmann, EBRD Senior Manager for Energy Efficiency.