Berne, 06 October 2008
At the InfoVision awards ceremony at the Broadband World Forum Europe, Swisscom was presented with an award in the environmental category, "Go Green". The award recognises the leading Swiss telecommunications provider's innovative project to reduce energy consumption in telephone exchanges, which has allowed it to reduce the energy requirement for cooling by 90% or 45 GWh per year, which roughly equates to the annual energy consumption of all private households in Liechtenstein.
But it is not only the environment that is set to benefit from the Mistral Project. Besides the savings in energy costs, foregoing expensive air conditioning systems allows a three to four-fold reduction in capital costs.
Swisscom has been actively involved in the area of environmental management for around ten years. For example, Swisscom purchases around 13 million kWh of naturemade star-certified eco-electricity every year - in other words, wind power, solar energy and hydroelectricity. In addition, Swisscom trainees are constructing solar installations on Swisscom buildings. Four of these installations have been built to date and more will be added in the next few years.