At the EPO, we recognise that we are part of a wider community and take our responsibility for the environment and the cities we work in seriously. Not only do we advocate environmental awareness and implement eco-friendly policies: we also support European artists by commissioning and collecting contemporary art, which is displayed in and around the EPO's buildings.
The European Patent Office consumes a large amount of heat and electrical energy, as well as water and paper, and generates both waste and CO2 emissions. It has addressed these environmental issues by introducing an environmental management system that meets the requirements of the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).
The EPO provides the backdrop for a vibrant, multilayered dialogue between contemporary art on the one hand and science, technology and innovation on the other. Since 1978, frequent commissions have been given to artists for works for the Office's buildings in Munich, The Hague and Vienna. In parallel, the Office curates a collection of contemporary art that shapes the daily work environment of staff.