Direct environmental aspects
- Electricity from renewable
sources has been used at all EPO buildings in The Hague since 2011 and in
Munich since 2013, with Berlin and Vienna following in 2014 and 2015.
- The EPO's consumption of
energy and water was again reduced significantly in 2017, with electricity
falling by 3.1%, heating by 2.7%, water by 5.6% and CO2 emissions
- Compared to 2012, the
savings of approx. 15 000MWH/y are equivalent to the consumption of nearly
700 residential homes per year.
- The new building in The
Hague has been constructed on sustainable principles, e.g. minimisation of
environmental impact in the construction phase, greatly reduced energy
consumption once in use, optimum and particularly user-friendly
air-conditioning. The EPO has voluntarily decided to comply with the
certification criteria of multiple standards for sustainable buildings
(Bouwbesluit 2012, BREEAM, BNB) and to aim for an energy efficiency rating
20% above the requirements of the 2012 Dutch building regulations.
- At the Munich and The Hague
sites, electric vehicle charging stations have been installed in recent
years. Electric vehicle charging is becoming a popular workplace benefit,
and the EPO is supporting drivers of electric vehicles who need to travel
in and around its host cities.
- The EPO has established a
waste separation system with clearly identifiable and distinguishable
waste containers in all work areas.
- Use of the videoconference
rooms and installation of the Lync system at individual workplaces have
helped to cut emissions from air travel and business trips by 8%.
Indirect environmental aspects
- The EPO has developed a dedicated
patent classification scheme for climate change mitigation technologies
(CCMTs), and it makes patent documents containing information on
sustainable technologies available over the internet free of charge.
- The EPO, in co-operation
with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has produced four
studies on patenting trends in climate change mitigation technologies
worldwide (2010), in Africa (2013), in Latin America and the Caribbean
(2014) and in Europe (2015). In 2017 it expanded its co‑operation with the
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and published a policy brief
on the latest trends and statistics concerning the development and
deployment of mitigation technologies. The EPO and IRENA are currently
working on a second policy brief focusing on digitalisation for the energy
- The identification of
environmental criteria was included in the financial regulations for
procurement processes in 2016.
- The reduction in paper
consumption in the patenting process was achieved by launching
"eDrex" at the beginning of 2017, with the effect that the
patent specification intended for publication (Druckexemplar) is in most cases no longer collated and edited
- The EPO has organised a
"Health and Safety" event with information to encourage
employees to cycle to work.
- The EPO's urban
"Beekeeping" initiative was launched in June 2017 when two
beehives framed the EPO's Isar building side-roofs and housed 30 000 to
120 000 honey bees.
These independently verified statements report on the EPO's performance under our environmental management scheme. They include reports on environmental policy and compliance
with legal requirements, as well as information on energy, waste, water, paper consumption and emissions.
From 2015 onwards, Environmental Statements are called Environmental Reports, and the cover dates reflect the year the publication is reporting on rather than the year of its release.
|Environmental Report 2017
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|Environmental Report 2016
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| Environmental Report 2015
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|Environmental Report 2014
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|Environmental statement 2014
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| Environmental statement 2013
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| Environmental statement 2012
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| Environmental statement 2010
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| Environmental statement 2009
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| Milieuverklaring 2016
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| Milieuverklaring 2014
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| Milieuverklaring 2013
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| Milieuverklaring 2012
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| Milieuverklaring 2010
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| Milieuverklaring 2009
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