Computers represent a considerable position of the total energy consumption at BNP Paribas Fortis. As a result, the bank is doing everything it can to make sure its computing system is as energy-efficient as possible.

But each employee can also make a difference in helping cut down on energy consumption and fighting climate change…by turning off their computer after work, for example. Small changes in habit can contribute in a big way to the preservation of the planet.

To give you an idea, a computer that is turned of at night, over the weekend and during vacations helps save up to 384 kWh per year in a corporate building…which translates to around €40 to €60 per computer each year. Turning off all of the 24,000 computers at BNP Paribas Fortis would therefore free up around 9 million kWh per year. That represents 4% of the total consumption of electricity and heating at the bank in Belgium!

With these numbers in mind, we have launched “PC Shut Down“, an initiative with an ambitious goal. It aims to persuade all 6,000 staff members who still don’t turn off their computer at night to convert! We’ll see how it goes…