Sustainable use of resources
Swisscom endeavours to meet the highest standards when it comes to the use of resources. Operating energy-efficient infrastructures and using and generating renewable energies is key for Swisscom particularly in light of Switzerlands energy reform policy. Swisscom has also joined various international initiatives aimed at promoting accountability in the supply chain.
Environment and objectives
The energy turnaround, climate change and responsibility in the supply chain are key issues for Swisscom and its stakeholders. Swiss energy policy is on the verge of withdrawing from the nuclear energy programme and transitioning to renewable energies with low CO2 emissions. Swisscom is thus placing an even greater focus on increasing its own energy efficiency.
Both the environmental and the purchasing policies provide a framework for Swisscom to use its resources sustainably. Management norms, standards and internal policies allow the planned saving and efficiency measures to be systematically implemented. Swisscom subsidiaries of significant environmental relevance are ISO 14001 certified. The companies concerned are: Swisscom (Switzerland) Ltd, Swisscom Broadcast Ltd, Swisscom IT Services Ltd and cablex Ltd, all of which are also ISO 9001 certified. The foreign subsidiary Fastweb S.p.A. is also ISO 14001 certified. Based on headcount, the management systems and processes certified to ISO 14001 cover more than 95% of the Group (including Fastweb).
Swisscom has set itself ambitious targets for the end of 2015: measures in the network infrastructure area are expected to achieve a further 20% improvement in energy efficiency compared with 1 January 2010. During the same period Swisscom aims to cut direct CO2 emissions by a further 12%, chiefly through measures in the area of employee mobility and infrastructure. Overall, Swisscom is aiming for a 60% reduction in direct CO2 emissions by the end of 2015 compared to the reference year 1990. Swisscom is currently using scenario calculations to determine how much energy will be consumed in 2020. Furthermore, Swisscom has extended its target agreement with the Energy Agency for Industry (EnAW) until 2020. The aim of this target agreement is to reduce CO2 emissions and increase energy efficiency.