The Payment Industry, Its Environmental Impact, And How To Reduce It

June 15, 2022

In recent years, many industries have come up on the radar as being environmentally unfriendly, and have faced intense criticism because of it.

According to a recently published white paper by payments infrastructure specialists, Tietoevry Banking, the payment industry is in dire need to reduce its environmental impact by improving its energy efficiency and reducing its carbon footprint.

(...) Especially the crypto and blockchain segment which, some claim, uses as much energy as a small country for mining and transaction purposes.

- PaymentsCardsandMobile

Hans Sjölund, Head of Cards Sales & Business Development, says there are steps the payment industry can take in order to reduce the carbon footprint, such as manufacturing cards made from earth-friendly resources, using recycled paper, and reducing the use of paper when communicating with clients.

“With consultants and NGOs reporting three-quarters of European consumers expect their banking services provider to take action on climate change, our new white paper makes the case for why the payments business needs to reduce its environmental impact – and sets out practical steps for how to make this happen.”

- Hans Sjölund, Head of Cards Sales & Business Development

According to Hans, the measures Tietoevry Banking have taken have reduced its total environmental impact since 2016 by as much as 56%.

The measures include using 100% renewable energy sources, as well as giving customers the option to recycle their cards once they expire.

that’s why we’ve entered into a partnership with SpareBank1 to find ways to manage card recycling in a sustainable manner.

- Hans Sjölund, Head of Cards Sales & Business Development

Not only is it great for the environment; it’s great for business as well.

According to a study by the Harvard Business Review, as many as 65% of surveyed customers are looking to use sustainable brands, and 81% of them expect companies to go green in the years to come. 

This also builds rapport and increases customer loyalty, as they feel better about using an environmentally friendly business. 

Saving the planet is an ever-present thought in people’s minds, as the effects of climate change have begun affecting all. We can’t stop it, but we can try to slow down its impact by taking only a few measures.

Want to learn more? Check out PaymentCardsandMobile’s full write-up here.

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