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Environment, objectives and management approach

The energy turnaround and climate change are key issues for Swisscom and its stakeholder groups. The Swiss Confederation’s 2050 energy strategy intends to phase out existing nuclear power plants and promote renewable energies. 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 on climate protection. At the end of 2015, Swisscom exceeded the target it set in 2010 – to increase its energy efficiency by 25% by 2015 – by increasing its energy efficiency by 29.6%. Over the same period, Swisscom exceeded its goal of reducing its CO2 emissions by 12% by achieving a reduction of 23.5%. Overall, Swisscom has reduced its direct CO2 emissions by 62.3% as at the end of 2015 compared to the reference year 1990. The company has determined its energy requirements until 2020 and plans to increase energy efficiency by a further 35% from 2016 to the end of 2020. To this end, Swisscom has renewed its target agreement with the Energy Agency for Industry (EnAW). 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 “The Confederation: exemplary in energy” (“Vorbildfunktion des Bundes im Energiebereich” – VBE).

Swisscom aims to work together with its customers 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 2015 was around 0.81.

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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 importance are ISO-14001-certified. These are Swisscom (Switzerland) Ltd, Swisscom Broadcast Ltd and cablex Ltd, which are certified to ISO 9001, too. The Italian subsidiary Fastweb S.p.A. is also ISO-14001-certified. The management systems and processes certified to ISO 14001 cover more than 96.2% of the Swisscom Group (including Fastweb) by headcount.