We recognise that climate change is one of the biggest issues facing society.
As the UK’s largest financial services group, we can make a real difference to tackling climate change by helping to finance a greener future together. We think this will require new ways of living, working and investing for our business and our customers.
That’s why we’re setting ourselves an ambitious goal to accelerate working with customers, government and the market to help reduce the carbon emissions we finance by more than 50% by 2030. This is the estimated equivalent of removing the emissions produced by almost a quarter of UK homes.
We know there is an urgent need to transition to a low-carbon future, grow the green economy and promote green finance for the future prosperity of the UK. To enable the transition, more will be required from all organisations and government: we do not have all the answers today, but we are committed to continuing to make progress.
The UK has made a sizeable commitment to transform its economy and society and our strategy is in alignment with the global Paris Agreement, and the UK’s Net Zero ambition.
How we'll help finance a green future together
We want to help our customers make the lifestyle changes required in their homes, vehicles and investments by creating green products and services that make it easier for them to invest in tackling climate change.
We will also support businesses by financing their investments in the green economy, as well as helping to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings, vehicles and assets.
Be a leading UK commercial bank for sustainable growth, supporting our clients to transition to sustainable business models and operations and to pursue new clean growth opportunities.
Be a leading UK provider of customer support on energy efficient, sustainable homes.
Pensions & investments
We aim to offer customers sustainable investment choices and challenge companies we invest in to behave more sustainably and responsibly.
Be a leading UK provider of low emission/green vehicle fleets.
Be a leading UK insurer in improving the resilience of customers’ lives against extreme weather caused by climate change.
We are taking action through an accelerated target to reduce our financed carbon emissions and further our purpose of Helping Britain Prosper.
We have set a target of achieving net zero carbon operations by 2030.
We will maintain travel carbon emissions below 50% of pre COVID-19 levels, embedding for the long-term the reduced levels of commuting and business travel seen during the pandemic and supporting colleagues to switch to low carbon transport.
We will work with the Woodland Trust to plant ten million trees over the next ten years to expand the UK’s carbon sink. During the lifecycle of the trees planted, 2.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide could be absorbed, equivalent to the harmful emissions produced from eight years of UK waste management. 4
Our progress so far
We’ve made a good start, but there is more we can do.
In 2020, we more than doubled the number of electric vehicles financed through our Motor Finance and Leasing subsidiaries, Lex Autolease and Black Horse.
We launched a digital insight tool – The Green Building Tool – exclusively to the UK, which enables commercial real estate clients to assess the energy efficiency of their buildings, with the equivalent of around 600 football pitches of space already analysed.
To support our business customers on their sustainability journey, over 823 Lloyds Bank colleagues have undertaken training on climate change and sustainability-related risks and opportunities in collaboration with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. We are putting sustainability at the heart of our relationship teams’ support for businesses.
As part of our partnership with the Woodland Trust, we are helping farmers and landowners transition to a low carbon future by offering preferential funding when planting more than 0.5ha of new woodland.
In 2020, we provided over £2.3 billion of green finance in Commercial Banking through our Clean Growth Finance Initiative, Commercial Real Estate Green Lending Initiative, Renewable Energy Financing and Green Bond facilitation. This increased our total green finance to over £7.3 billion since 2016. In addition, we have supported clients with over £1.8 billion of Sustainability Linked Loans since 2017.
Since the launch of this ambition in 2016, we have maintained our role as a leader for our UK corporate clients between 2016 and 2020, raising around £2.9 billion.
We will ensure our own operations are net zero by 2030.
Offering customers more sustainable investment choices is a central part of our strategy, so we have invested £2 billion of Scottish Widows’ pension portfolios into the new ACS Climate Transition World Equity Fund, designed to help the global economy transition to a low carbon future. Our work with BlackRock to design this fund will help to engender positive change in the industry; incorporating environmental, social and governance risks into a portfolio can have a meaningful financial impact on performance.
Scottish Widows is to divest at least £440 million from companies that have failed to meet its environmental, social and governance standards. As one of the biggest pension providers in the UK, Scottish Widows’ new exclusions policy will benefit nearly 6 million UK savers.
In conjunction with the Energy Savings Trust we have launched a free online Home Energy Savings Tool accessed via the Halifax Green Living Hub. The tool is designed to help customers understand how they can improve the energy efficiency of their homes, what improvements and approximate costs and savings. The easy to use tool provides a tailored action plan for retrofit home improvements – with one created every 30 minutes and with an average potential saving of £264 per household.
Our operational climate pledges
Our ambition is to reduce our own environmental footprint and collaborate with suppliers to ensure our own consumption of resources, goods and services is sustainable. Our environmental programme focuses on measuring, managing and reducing our most significant impacts: carbon, energy use, business travel, operational waste, and water consumption.
Managing sustainability issues
Doing business responsibly in Lloyds Banking Group involves managing risk effectively.
We must make the right decisions and do the right things for our shareholders and our colleagues.
Lloyds Banking Group recognises the global challenge posed by climate change and other environmental issues; and its responsibility to reduce the environmental and social impacts of its business operations.
We expect our customers to comply with applicable international conventions, sanctions and embargoes, legislation, and licensing requirements. We also expect them to show a clear commitment to robust Ethical, Social and Environmental Risk (ESE Risk) management, including Health & Safety, environmental and social impact, and evidence of a good, track record for transparency in the way they manage these and other risks.
We are committed to managing the ESE risks associated with the financial services we provide across our business. We recognise that the Group’s major environmental and social impacts can arise indirectly through the provision of financial services to our customers.
During 2018, we reviewed our external sector statements to confirm that they align to our sustainability strategy and consider appropriate climate-related risk. The sector positions opposite are the output from the first phase of our work and include the position statement for coal introduced last year. In 2019, we will review these statements again and consider developing statements for other sectors and topics. We will also review ways to embed sustainability in the Group’s key policies.
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Our operational climate pledges
Our ambition is to reduce our own environmental footprint and collaborate with suppliers to ensure our own consumption of resources, goods and services is sustainable.
Planting for a sustainable future
We have a significant role to play in helping to shape the future of our country, which is why we were excited to help the Woodland Trust plant a million trees in 2020.