Water use in the Bank’s branches is primarily for hygiene purposes. “Technological” consumption of water only refers to special cases, such as for air-conditioning cooling in older installations.
The 2007 corporate standard guidelines for the building and fitting-out of new branches call for more responsible use of resources, including water. For this purpose, wherever possible, they envisage the gradual replacement of systems based on cooling tower water with more advanced air-cooled systems.

Total use of water per source

  2009 2008 2007 2009 2008 2007 2009 2008 2007
Consumption (m3)
3,071,432 2,891,158 3,115,097 621,271 1,031,745 1,112,671 3,692,703 3,922,903 4,227,768
Consumption per employee (m3/employee)
42.6 38.9 43.1 19.1 38.9 44.1 35.2 38.9 43.4

Water consumption is fairly stable in Italy, while gradual improvements are being  registered abroad which can be attributed to greater improvements and implementation in monitoring methods and the raising of awareness as well as the gradual adoption of technological solutions that make use of air-cooling systems.
Of note is the fact that according to ISTAT (2007) data the average quantity of water billed per inhabitant in Italy is 69.9 m3.
Furthermore, water dispensers have been installed in offices and branches of several International Subsidiary Banks (Intesa Sanpaolo Banka Bosna i Hercegovina, Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Albania, Pravex and Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Romania).