FNB is reducing its reliance on diesel-powered generators as backup power during loadshedding in efforts to lessen its carbon footprint in its branches. It has replaced the need for diesel-powered generators in over 200 branches, with approximately another 200 branches set to be equipped with lithium-ion and UPS solutions within the next year to ensure an uninterrupted power supply.
FNB say that it has consistently implemented energy efficiency measures in its branches, including the installation of LED lighting. Its branches are also equipped with Metering online technology, which allows for central monitoring of electricity consumption through a Web-based platform. During working hours, all air conditioning units in branches are set to 22 degrees Celsius to save electricity.
FNB recently revealed plans to continuously modernise its branches, with a strong emphasis on digitisation, improved client service, and optimal cash solutions for customers. It is optimising space and design, with future branches averaging 350m2 rather than the current 460m2.
FNB built nine new branches in local markets or communities and refurbished 53 branches in the current financial year, with another three new branches under construction and another 34 refurbishments in the works. In the financial year 2023, FNB intends to open 27 new community branches and renovate approximately 90 others.