The unusual colour scheme and the fluid architectural forms are special external features of the new Westarkarde. The building's aerodynamic design prevents air streams and swirls of air from arising, thus avoiding the heat losses this would cause. The discrete choice of colours for the new KfW campus complex enables it to blend in with its immediate urban environment and the neighbouring Palmengarten botanical garden, while retaining its own unique identity.
KfW is a 'green bank', and sustainability forms part of its gobal promotional mandate. Whether for wind parks in Africa and Asia, or solar power and heat insulation in Germany, KfW in 2009 provided just under EUR 20 billion for projects to protect the climate and the environment. This was virtually one third of the entire voulme of promotional funding made available by KfW Bankengruppe. KfW Bankengruppe's operations have been climate neutral for several years. For its staff of 4,300 it procures only certified green electricity, which means an annual saving of 9,400 tonnes of CO2. As a result of this engagement, KfW is achieving top international rankings more and more often. For instance, it has just been rated as 'excellent' in terms of economic, ecological and social criteria by the sustainability rating agency oekom. This places KfW among the international leaders in direct comparison with other banks.
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