Environment, objectives and management approach


Environment, objectives and management approach

The energy turnaround and climate change are key issues for Swisscom and its stakeholder groups. The Swiss Confederation’s new 2050 energy strategy intends to phase out nuclear energy. It calls for the consistent use of opportunities to increase energy efficiency and to transition to renewable energies. Swisscom places a special focus on increasing its own energy efficiency and climate protection. Together with its customers, Swisscom is aiming to save twice as much CO2 as it emits throughout the entire company including the supply chain by 2020. This undertaking has been summarised as the 2:1 target. The ratio between savings and emissions at the end of 2014 was around 0.77.

The environmental and 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 with operations that are of significant environmental significance are ISO-14001-certified. These are: Swisscom (Switzerland) Ltd, Swisscom Broadcast Ltd, Swisscom IT Services Ltd (operations integrated in Swisscom Switzerland since 1 January 2014, legal merger took effect at the start of 2015) and cablex Ltd, all of which are also ISO-9001-certified. The Italian subsidiary Fastweb S.p.A. is also ISO-14001-certified. The management systems and processes certified to ISO 14001 cover more than 95% of the Swisscom Group (including Fastweb) by headcount.

By the end of 2015, measures taken in the network infrastructure area are expected to achieve a further 25% improvement in energy efficiency in comparison with 1 January 2010. During the same period, Swisscom aims to cut direct CO2 emissions by 12%. This reduction is to be achieved primarily through measures related to employee mobility and the 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 has forecast the company’s energy requirements up to 2020 and renewed its target agreement with the Energy Agency for Industry (EnAW). Under the new agreement, it plans to increase energy efficiency by a further 35% from 2016 to the end of 2020. Together with the other government-associated enterprises that are pursuing the Swiss Confederation’s 2050 energy strategy, Swisscom is also a member of the working group “Role Model in the Area of Energy” (“Vorbildfunktion des Bundes im Energiebereich” – VBE).

The 2:1 target for 2020