Great attention is paid by the Intesa Sanpaolo Group to the progressive reduction of energy consumption and associated emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The Group has taken initiatives in order to use, where possible, electricity from renewable sources and to monitor and optimize energy consumption to reduce as much as possible the waste of electricity and the related costs.
Monitoring energy consumption in the banking sector is especially important since the Bank relies predominantly on electricity, both as a result of the increasingly widespread use of office equipment and new services and as a result of increased reliance on air conditioning. To express the significance of such consumption, it may be useful to know that, while a citizen consumes an average of around 1,100 kWh of electricity a year, the pro capita needs in the banking sector are on average six-seven times higher. Intesa Sanpaolo, one of the largest banking groups in the eurozone, has a consumption of electricity equal to that of a city of 340,000 inhabitants.
What we are doing to reduce electricity consumption
With regards to the energy efficiency of lighting systems, which already provided the use of fluorescent tubes with electronic reactors with European certification, Intesa Sanpaolo has tested the implementation of led lighting systems that meet adequate wellbeing standards in accordance with European legislation, without however altering the architectural standard commonly adopted by the Bank. Aside from ensuring particularly high durability compared to the traditional system, the LED system can be automatically adjusted according to natural lighting conditions and personal needs and does not generate waste containing mercury. Since 2011, the LED lighting system has become a standard fixture.
Another targeted action concerned the gradual replacement of office equipment with other, more energy-efficient models, as provided for in the Sustainability rules for the purchase of office machines (PDF - 189 Kb). Contractual specifications for environmental sustainability have been defined for new purchases on the basis of applicable legislation and/or best practices. As proof thereof, during the bidding phase, bidders are required to provide certifications of both their products and their organisations, some of which are compulsory in order for the bid to be accepted. For technical assessment of bids, the company has prepared a standardised algorithm for assessing environmental and energy performance, with specific weights attributed to environmental performances, environmental certifications and health and safety. From the standpoint of economic evaluation, energy-related operating costs are considered on the basis of the declared energy consumption according to the Energy Star method, over the machine's average lifetime (4-5 years), and are added to the price of the initial investment.
Furthermore, in order to eliminate the energy consumption of office equipment at night and during holidays, an IT procedure based on the Wake on LAN technology has been activated. It is able to shut down via remote control almost all PCs of 4,000 branches from 9 pm to 7 am on working days and Saturdays and completely on Sundays and holidays. The computers switch on automatically in case of SW update and, in any case, before the beginning of daily activity. Forced shutdown leads to a significant energy saving: the Intesa Sanpaolo saving has been estimated, as a result of measurements on site, at about 122 kWh / year per machine.