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
The Intesa Sanpaolo Group, committed to progressively reducing its dependence on fossil fuels, during 2018 reached a percentage of electricity consumption from renewable source of about 80.5%. Without prejudice to the use of self-produced energy from cogeneration at the Parma site (incidence of about 3.1% with an economic saving of more than 700,000 euro), in Italy the purchase of energy from traditional sources was almost eliminated. In the International Subsidiary Banks, the situation differs, also in relation to the limits imposed by certain national regulations. Once again, this year, Intesa Sanpaolo Bank (Slovenia) has eliminated its emissions by purchasing all its energy from hydroelectric sources, while Privredna Banka Zagreb (Croatia) purchases around a third of its electricity from renewable sources. Additionally, thanks to the national energy mix part of the electricity used by Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Albania (100%), VÚB Banka (Slovakia) (15%) and CIB Bank (Hungary) (5%) comes from renewable sources.
The Group itself produced over 1,010 MWh of energy from renewable photovoltaic sources, generated from the sites in Italy and two sites in Slovenia.
Currently the following photovoltaic systems are present:
Moncalieri (with Data Processing Centre): power of around 440 kWp;
Settimo Torinese (with Data Processing Centre): power of around 180 kWp;
Grattacielo Torino: power of around 162 kWp;
Rubano: power of around 140 kWp;
Sezana and Koper (Intesa Sanpaolo Bank - Slovenia): power of around 44 KWp;
Cosenza: power of around 30 kWp;
Pavia: power of around 20 kWp;
Naples - Via Toledo 177: power of around 20 kWp;
Civitavecchia: power of around 20 kWp
Caserta - Piazza Generale Amico 1: power of around 20 kWp;
Cagliari - Viale Bonaria 12: power of around 20 kWp
Forlì: power of around 19 kWp;
Oristano: power of around 19 kWp;
Turin branch - Via Onorato Vigliani, solar tracker photovoltaic system, power of around 12 kWp;
Venice Marghera branch - "The first nearly 0 energy branch", featuring cylindrical CIGS photovoltaic modules specifically designed for installation on flat, light-coloured roofs for elevated yield also in the conversion of diffuse solar radiation, with a power of around 9 kWp.