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
A pilot project, launched in 2008, saw the involvement of 24 branches of varying size and in different geographical areas in Italy heated by traditional boilers or heat pumps. Based on the results of such surveys, the electricity consumption analysis is consequently broken down by geographical area, size and type of air conditioning system in order to identify not only the actual total consumption but also that of the individual consumers. It is also an important tool to test the validity of the targets adopted by the Bank for the purposes of gradual improvement.
In SGAE (Environmental and Energy Management System) certified sites, monitoring of electricity consumption alone - through dataloggers and room temperature probes - enables to promptly identify any instances where the seasonal targets are exceeded during working hours and night/weekend or holiday hours. Should the set consumption profile be exceeded, an alert will be sent out automatically on a daily basis to the designated technicians and, if applicable, to the Facility Management firm as well. Thanks to the timeliness of such alerts, it is also possible to prevent critical issues, thus keeping onsite maintenance intervention down to a minimum. New or renovated branches are also fitted with a datalogger for detecting electricity consumption trends and monitoring temperature levels, especially in the event where overheating is detected from office machinery inside premises with the air conditioning turned off.