Helping Britain Prosper

Financing a green future together

Our Approach

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.

Financing a green future together

We are taking action through an accelerated target to reduce our financed carbon emissions and further our purpose of Helping Britain Prosper.

We’ve made a good start, but there is more we can do.
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.


Our pledges

We commit to 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.*

We pledge to support UK renewable energy projects, equivalent to powering on average 5million homes by 2020.**

We will fund 5million square feet of commercial real estate space to become more energy efficient with green loans by 2020.**

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.***


Our progress so far

The UK’s largest low emission vehicle fleet

Lex Autolease has been at the forefront of electric vehicle technology with the first mainstream plug-in vehicles introduced to customers in 2011. We now have the UK’s largest ultra-low emission vehicle fleet, with more than 21,000 ultra-low emission vehicles.

Energy-efficiency app

We are the first UK financial services firm offering access to a digital app to allow Commercial Banking clients to identify and make energy-efficient investments in their buildings. We piloted in 2019 and will be rolling out early in 2020.

Sustainability support for UK business

To support our business customers on their sustainability journey, over 640 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. 

Working with the agriculture industry

Working alongside agriculture, we are lowering the minimum lending amount to access green funding, and broadening what we will finance. We are facilitating the use of market-leading carbon measurement tools in addition to providing help and advice from our agriculture relationship managers, who have received training from the world-leading Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. We will also heavily subsidise the planting of trees on agriculture land to help absorb damaging carbon dioxide emissions and help provide protection against extreme weather.

Our progress so far

Clean growth financing

We continue to support business to invest in tackling climate change through our industry leading Clean Growth Finance Initiative. The £2bn scheme offers discounted finance to Commercial Banking clients investing in a lower carbon future. For example, Lloyds Bank and Scottish Widows provided collective funding of £273m for the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, Hornsea Project One.

Leaders in green bonds

Over the past five years we have led around £2.8bn of green bonds to UK corporates – more than any other UK bank. 

Addressing our carbon emissions

We met our 2030 carbon reduction target in 2019, having reduced emissions by 63% since 2009. We continue to pursue our long term target to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 and will accelerate our activity in 2020, developing new carbon, energy and travel targets. We are continuing with existing targets to reduce operational waste by 80 per cent by 2025, compared to 2014/15, and water consumption by 40 per cent by 2030, compared to 2009.

Reducing our own Environmental Footprint

Our ambition is to reduce our own environmental footprint and collaborate with our 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.

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* The number of dwellings was obtained from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government Statistical Release: Dwelling Stock Estimates: 2017, England dated the 24th of May 2018. Carbon emissions taken from The Committee on Climate Change report, ‘Reducing UK emissions – 2018 Progress Report to Parliament’. ‘Homes’ carbon emissions refer to the carbon emissions generated from the heating and electricity consumption of a property only. This estimation does not include carbon emissions generated by the travel activities or waste generated from the household.
** Cumulative 2018 - 2020.
*** Woodland Trust based on an average carbon sequestration rate of a tonne removed from the air for every four trees planted that stay in the ground for a 100 year period. Average annual UK waste management carbon emission is 0.3 million of carbon from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s 2018 UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Provisional Figures.
  1. G20

  2. International Energy Agency (IEA), 2014