The results of the BCC Energia Consortium which renewed the Board of Directors: a saving of 21 million euros for the benefit of environmental sustainability.
BCC Energia is a consortium founded in 2009 on the initiative of Federcasse with the aim of applying the mutualistic logic also in the field of energy, to buy on the free market electricity and gas at the best conditions. It has its strong point in the possibility of renegotiating annually the supply contract with the choice of the best offer, reversing thus the traditional relationship between user and supplier. To date, 123 Italian Banche di Credito Cooperativo (BCCs) and cooperative institutions adhere to it.
In 2018, BCC Energia managed an energy supply basket of over 115 GWh electric certified from renewable sources with guarantee of origin (GO) and over 3.5 million cubic meters of gas. An action that, since the beginning of the activities, has allowed a saving - in favor of the consortium members - of over 21 million euros. For the 2019, consumption forecasts reach around 133 GWh of electricity.
In particular, in 2018 the BCCs and the cooperative companies consumed 103.1 GWh of certified energy from renewable sources, avoiding the emission into the atmosphere of 32,800 tons of CO2. In addition to that, BCC Energia renegotiated electricity supplies for 68 BCC customer companies, for a total consumption of 12.4 GWh, which made it possible to avoid over 3,950 tCO2 of emissions.
The data were disseminated in Rome during the Annual Meeting of BCC Energia which also proceeded to elect the new Board of Directors: Augusto dell'Erba (Federcasse), President; Sergio Gatti (Federcasse), vice president; Andrea Benassi (Iccrea Banca); Giuseppe Di Forti (Pres. Banca Sicana); PaoloMarnoni (BCC Solutions); Stefano Meroni (Pres. BCC Barlassina); Massimo Tonucci (Pres. BCC of Pesaro).
"The original experience of BCC Energia - President dell’Erba said at the conclusion of the Assembly - puts the Cooperative Credit Banks at the forefront also in the field of the environmental protection, discounting the mutualistic formula that proves to be effective to achieve economies of scale and significant savings. For community banks this means freeing up additional resources to support families and businesses ".
"Our goal - Daniele Ziveri, Technical director of the Consortium explained - is to bring the BCCs and the Group companies together into one big purchasing force on the free market, obtaining an important negotiation lever, but above all, the possibility of being protagonists on the markets, with evolved contractual forms that change the approach towards an active management of the supply portfolio ".
"The Consortium - Ziveri said again - supports the BCCs to enable them to grasp the potential for energy efficiency with a specialized contribution, aimed at drawing up technological solutions, regulatory opportunities, incentives and in general to define an integrated approach to managing the energy, thus reducing the impact on the environment and energy expenditure. With this intent, projects dedicated to energy efficiency and monitoring of consumption are active ".
In particular, the project for monitoring consumption makes available to each Consortium member a platform that collects the monthly consumption data for each pick-up point. The purpose of this service is to make these data available and then - through the installation of specific equipment - to get control and monitoring in real time, and to the possibility of establishing rules of implementation by creating an intelligent management of the bank branch, so as to optimize energy consumption and comfort for customers and employees. The first feedback on the effectiveness of monitoring showed an average saving between 12 and 14%.
The technical partner chosen by the Consortium for this new service is Over SpA, a company specialized in waste reduction and energy efficiency through a multi-site automation system.
Source: BCC Federcasse website
Federcasse is the National federation of Italian Banche di Credito Cooperativo (BCCs). Founded in 1909, Federcasse is today the common house of all the 271 Italian BCCs, their regional federations and their cooperative banking groups. Therefore, Federcasse is the Liason Structure of the entities associated to BCCs, to represent their common interests and guarantee pluralism in banking. More specifically, Federcasse safeguards, supports and promotes the cooperative model in banking with a focus on mutualistic specificities. The Federation oversights the links between banking practices and cooperative values. The organisation structure is constituted by the Board of Directors, the Managing Director and 6 operational Departments.