In the banking sector, a significant part of energy consumption may be attributed to "equipment": PCs, monitors, printers, photocopiers, servers, IT systems and service support devices. One measure aimed at this type of consumption involves the gradual replacement of office equipment with other, more energy-efficient models and the adoption of a specific policy (PDF - 189 KB) on the matter.
Contractual specifications for environmental sustainability have been defined for new purchases of office machines and certifications of both the products and the suppliers are required for their acceptance. For the technical assessment, an algorithm for assessing environmental and energy performance has been set up, whereas from the standpoint of economic evaluation, energy-related operating costs are considered over the machine's average lifetime, and are added to the price of the initial investment.
The Bank has long been pursuing a plan that calls for the gradual renewal of its signs, also with the aim of reducing energy consumption. The new types of signs employed feature standard high-efficiency fluorescent tubes and more effective materials for diffusing light. In 2010, the Group also began to introduce LED-based solutions that further reduce consumption.
Paper and other green products
Paper for a company such as Intesa Sanpaolo is a resource to which particular attention is devoted, also expressed through the adoption of a specific policy (PDF - 227 KB). Awareness of this topic means knowing one’s own ecological footprint and being willing to adopt solutions aimed at reducing direct and indirect impacts as much as possible, both in terms of paper acquisition and usage.
The use of environmentally friendly FSC paper has been gradually expanded, accompanied by ECF / TCF paper and a small portion of recycled paper: thanks to this type of purchases, we have reached a quota of about 94% of environmental or recycled paper over the total number of purchases.
Since July 2011 another step in the direction of environmentally sustainable purchases has been taken and pens made from 92% recycled material, pencils produced with 57% recycled material, PVC 100% recycled coin purse, hanging folders in recycled cardboard and certification Blue Angels, notepads made of recycled paper and 100% recycled cardboard file folders have been made available to colleagues. As regards International Subsidiaries, we highlight the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products in Privredna Banka Zagreb and the use of environmentally friendly taxis in Intesa Sanpaolo Bank of Albania.