Climate change is the most important societal issue of our time, and despite its small direct environmental impact, TF Bank will contribute to the global goals and to reducing our global footprint on the environment.
Reduce own climate impact
TF Bank has a limited direct impact on the environment and sees no significant risk in the environmental area, but we still challenge ourselves to reduce our impact by, for example, minimising the number of business travel. The indirect environmental impact occurs mainly through our suppliers’ energy use, especially regarding server capacity. The bank uses a cloud-based server solution that is considered more secure and is more energy efficient than having own servers. The server hall used has a power usage effectiveness of 1.25 (1.14) compared to the average level of about 1.80 in the industry.
As TF Bank’s operations are located in several countries, video conferencing opportunities have been prioritised in all branches to reduce the company’s environmental impact in the form of travel, and to facilitate meetings between the Group’s various units.
In our offices, we ensure that we have well-functioning recycling procedures. Paper, cartons, toner and electronic equipment are sorted and left for recycling. Our office supplies are purchased from environmentally certified suppliers and we strive to choose environmentally friendly products.
In 2021, TF Bank will begin an assessment of the business’s CO2 emissions.
We are on a digitalisation journey where we develop internal processes and smart solutions for our customers, but different conditions apply in the various markets due to each country’s maturity to accept digital solutions. In the Baltic countries and in Norway, all marketing and customer communication takes place digitally. In Sweden and Finland, the majority of new lending takes place digitally via loan intermediation, but is supplemented by targeted campaigns via letters.
We strive to reduce our paper use through several different initiatives. We encourage our customers to sign loan agreements electronically and have come a long way in this work in several markets. We also see room for improvement regarding the use of e-invoices and invoices via e-mail to handle notices to our customers. Our Norwegian and Baltic customers are almost exclusively sent e-invoices and invoices by e-mail, while the majority of notices in Finland are sent by post. In Sweden, TF Bank is connected to the digital mail solution Kivra, which means that all customers who use Kivra automatically receive all communication digitally. In total, approximately 70 % of customers in Sweden receive invoices and notices digitally.
Both in our marketing and in our administration, we use Nordic eco-labelled or FSC-labelled products, both in terms of paper, envelopes and cartons.
In the e-commerce business, we offer our partners an AI tool to reduce their return rates, which in turn contributes to reduced transports.
Contribute to energy transition
TF Bank is continuously investigating business opportunities to offer financing solutions that can mitigate climate change with a focus on modern energy. Currently, sales financing is offered for the installation of solar panels in Poland as part of a national initiative to increase the energy share from renewable sources. TF Bank also has a collaboration with E.ON in Sweden for financing of air source heat pumps. Via the bank’s e-commerce customers, it is also possible to finance the purchase of modern energy solutions, such as solar panels at Bolindo.