Environment and climate change

Intesa Sanpaolo considers the environment - and climate change in particular - as key issues, integrated in a wider social and environmental strategy  that includes the integration of sustainability in all the Group's departments and banks.

Climate change is an extremely relevant phenomenon whose consequences are not only limited to the environment but have major repercussions also for the social dynamics of the present and future generations.


Consolidated Non-financial Statement 2019

Climate change

Climate change is mainly referred to the increase in the average temperature of the atmosphere and oceans, this is caused by the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Its impact is already having consequences and repercussions not only on the planet's ecosystem, but also on economic and social dynamics.

Scientists and governments are aligned in supporting the need to mitigate environmental impacts to reduce climate impacts and support the transition to a lower emission future.

In this context in Intesa Sanpaolo we are aware that we have a key role to play and a strong responsibility on the issue of climate change because we have the possibility of directing loans and investments towards companies that are virtuous from an environmental point of view, assisting our customers in taking more resilient choices in respect to the consequences on the environment and operating with a view toward raising awareness and risks containment.

Since October 2018, we have decided to support the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and so we commit ourselves on a voluntary basis to the dissemination of transparent reporting on climate change risks and opportunities, so to include, within the framework of the financial information for stakeholders, the main climate-related communications.

We are active in promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and the circular business model supporting its development and the different customer segments, committed to reducing their environmental footprint, by promoting green products and services offered by the commercial network in Italy and abroad. Particular attention is also paid to the impacts generated by customers and suppliers, contributing to the spread of procedures and virtuous behaviors that benefit the environment.

The commitment is confirmed by the 2018-2021 Business Plan, with objectives that relate to supporting the production system from an environmental perspective, such as the specific credit plafond of up to 5 billion euro aimed at companies adopting the circular model.
In addition, in January 2020, in the context of the European Green Deal, Intesa Sanpaolo stated its willingness to make available 50 billion euro loans in the coming years in Italy. 
In 2019, the Group's disbursements for the Green and Circular Economy totaled approximately 2.2 billion euro, equal to 3.7% of all Group's loans.
Intesa Sanpaolo has also adopted Guidelines for the governance of environmental social and governance risks regarding lending operations which determine the general criteria for excluding financing of companies or projects with particularly relevant environmental, social and governance impacts, and list sectors deemed as "sensitive". This framework will be followed by specific exclusion policies and criteria. Currently we have adopted the Rules for the coal sector, the sector policy regarding the coal-power generation and coal mining sector.

As regards direct impacts, the Intesa Sanpaolo Group Environmental Plan - Climate Change Action Plan - identifies mid and long-term objectives for reducing CO2 emissions and increasing energy consumption and production from renewable sources. The goals for 2022 include: a reduction of 37% in absolute emissions connected with energy consumption (direct and indirect) compared with 2012 (a 33% reduction was already recorded in the period 2012-2019); the increase in the use of renewable energy sources, from 76% at the end of 2012 to 81% by the end of 202 (renewable electricity consumption in 2019 was about 83% of the total); the maintenance of electricity production levels from photovoltaic energy.

Our commitment and the projects aimed at reducing the emissions generated and the objectives for the future are accurately monitored and reported through the key stakeholder communication tools: Consolidated Non-Financial Statement , CDP reporting.


Some of our projects

Climate Change Action Plan 
Consolidated Non-financial Statement as at 30 June 2020:
Environmental and Climate Change indicators
Consolidated Non-financial Statement 2019: 
Environmental and Climate Change 
Environment indicators
Consolidated Non-financial Statement as at 30 June 2019: 
Environmental and Climate Change indicators
Consolidated Non-financial Statement 2018: 
Environmental and Climate Change 
Environment indicators
Bond issued in November 2019:  
Press Release
Intesa Sanpaolo Sustainability Bond Framework
Second Party Opinion by ISS ESG 
Investor's presentation
Bond issued in June 2017:
Green Bond Report 2020
Green Bond Report 2019
Green Bond Report 2018
Green Bond Framework
Green Bond Presentation
Green Bond Press Release
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