The energy turnaround, climate change and responsibility in the supply chain are key issues for Swisscom and its stakeholders. The Swiss government’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. Accordingly, Swisscom places a special 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).
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%, 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. In 2013, Swisscom calculated the company’s energy consumption up to 2020 and renewed its target agreement with the Energy Agency for Industry (EnAW). The aim of this target agreement is to increase energy efficiency by a further 34% from 2016 by the end of 2020 onwards. In this effort, Swisscom is working together with, among others, the government-associated enterprises following the 2050 energy strategy.