Raw materials used (t)

  2009 2008 2007 2009 2008 2007 2009 2008 2007
Paper consumed
7,737 7,684 8,182 2,640 1,787 2,559 10,377 9,471 10.741
Paper consumption per employee (kg/employee)
107.21 103.38 113.18 80.98 67.31 101.53 99.05 93.89 110.17

Consumption of paper remains essentially stable in Italy, while it increased abroad, which was also influenced by the expansion of the scope of reporting following the addition of the foreign subsidiary Pravex Bank.

Recycled material used (t)

  2009 2008 2007 2009 2008 2007 2009 2008 2007
Recycled paper1 0 9 196 240 129 110 240 138 306
Recycled paper as a % of the total
0.0% 0.1% 2.4% 9.1% 7.2% 4.3% 2.3% 1.5% 2.8%
Ecological paper (FSC)
3,186 2,305 447 3,633 2,305
(FSC) ecological paper as a % of the total
41% 30% 17% 35% 24%
Ecological paper (TCF)
903 903
(TCF) ecological paper as a % of the total
34% 9%

1Intesa Sanpaolo uses ecological paper.

In calculating the ecological footprint, paper consumption plays a key role. To make even further reductions, Intesa Sanpaolo increased the supply of ecological paper for office use, specifically of certified Ecolabel and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) paper. It should be remembered that the progressive increase of information regarding banking services does not permit the scope of reference to be ‘frozen’.
In 2009, several initiatives were launched, the effects of which will be visible from next years, including the installation of duplex laser printers.


Other initiatives were further consolidated such as online Reporting, designed to encourage customers and employees to request documents relating to their banking activities electronically. In this regard, the reduction in printed paper and envelopes made it possible to save 216,000 kg of paper as well as preventing CO2 emissions; added to this were 103,340 kg thanks to the initiative launched in 2009, on the dematerialisation in the production of collection orders and F24 documents.



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Internal policies and tools have been set up at all the International Subsidiary Banks to reduce paper consumption, from the mandatory installation of duplex printers (obligatory in Privredna Banka Zagreb and Banka Koper), to the setting up of printing stations where multifunctional devices are installed to control better how they are used (Banca Intesa Beograd).
Recycled paper is widely used both for internal communications and for communications to customers, such as in the case of VUB Banka where about 80% of the statement envelopes sent in 2009 were recycled. In the same Bank the purchase of office paper is restricted to paper that is “total chlorine-free” (TCF).
The use of electronic tools, for storing documents and banking communications (e-mail and electronic banking) rounds up the efforts in this area, at the same time contributing to reducing the need for energy. Among other initiatives, the launch of the “CIB Leasing ebill”(electronic billing system) which, by not sending out paper, avoids unnecessarily damaging to the environment (the savings were estimated at 5 tons of trees, 800 m3 of water and 1,900 kWh of energy).
Another area in which all banks implemented specific initiatives is the recycling of paper, both through municipally-managed separate waste collection and through collaborations with institutions that are authorised in treating waste.