• For coal mining, immediate end of new financing and phase out by 2025. Stricter limits and exclusions for the coal-fired power generation sector in favor of company transition plans

  • For unconventional oil & gas, immediate end of new lending and phase out by 2030

Turin / Milan, 27 July 2021 - Intesa Sanpaolo announces that it has updated the rules for the Group's lending operations in the coal sector and that it has introduced specific rules for the unconventional oil & gas sector. The rules apply to all Group companies and in all countries in which they operate.

The adoption of these measures is an important additional step by the Bank in combating climate change, part of a multi-year and articulated sustainability strategy. Intesa Sanpaolo is listed in the most important sustainability indexes. It is the only Italian bank included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the 2021 Corporate Knights “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index”. It also ranks first among European banks in two of the main international ESG assessments: MSCI and Bloomberg ESG Disclosure Score.

With the adoption of the updated “Rules for lending operations in the coal sector”, the Group undertakes to phase out by 2025 the share of financial services to counter-parties in the coal mining sector. The limits and exclusions envisaged for the coal-fired power generation sector have been reviewed and strengthened, highlighting the transition plans of companies operating in this sector.

The “Rules for lending operations in the unconventional oil & gas sector” introduce limits and exclusions in relation to “shale oil & gas”, “tar sands” and “tight oil & gas” resources, which are obtained using unconventional techniques and whose extraction generates higher greenhouse gas emissions than resources extracted with conventional techniques, resulting in greater environmental impact. The policy also excludes exploration and extraction in geographical areas characterized by fragile ecosystems, such as the Arctic or the Amazon Sacred Headwaters. The Group undertakes to phase out by 2030 exposure linked to unconventional resources as detailed in the Rules.

The Group will support companies in the transition to a low-carbon economy, including through financing aimed at renewable energy production, using instruments such as “green loans”, “sustainable loans”, “transition loans” and “acquisition/project transition financing”.

A summary version of the policies is published on the Group website (https://group.intesasanpaolo.com/en/sustainability/news/2021)

All ESG (environmental, social, governance) performance measures achieved by the Group in 2020 are published in the “Consolidated Non-Financial Statement 2020”, available in the Sustainability section of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group website.

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