Saving energy

Swisscom to take additional measures to save energy

Swisscom has long been one of the most sustainable companies in Switzerland thanks to wide-ranging efforts on many different fronts. According to the World Finance Sustainability Awards 2022, Swisscom is also the most sustainable telecommunications company in the world. In the past six years alone, Swisscom has increased its energy efficiency by 45 percent, thus preventing approximately 90 GWh of additional energy consumption. The company is now joining the Energy Saving Alliance of the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) in order to avert the impending energy crisis this coming winter.

Solar installation at Swisscom Group Headquarters in Worblaufen.

Swisscom is joining DETEC’s Energy Saving Alliance. Together with other Swiss companies, it is supporting the energy-saving measures to ensure security of supply in winter 2022/23. As part of the initial phase, the company plans to implement swift measures at its office buildings and Shops, in particular. By November, for example, it will gradually reduce indoor and outdoor lighting as far as possible in the evening hours and at night in all Shops and office buildings. It will also lower the room temperature in all buildings to a maximum of 20C and educate employees and customers on simple and efficient energy-saving measures. Additional measures are under consideration, including a temporary closure of office locations or energy-saving adjustments to the network and IT infrastructure. Swisscom is also in discussions with the relevant authorities to determine whether and in what form it can support electricity generation in winter with its emergency power generators.

A long-standing commitment to sustainability

Swisscom has been focused on improving its energy efficiency for many years. It has been operating its entire network using completely renewable solar, wind and hydro power for more than ten years. The company now produces around 3 GWh of electricity with its 87 photovoltaic systems, which is equivalent to the electricity consumption of around 800 Swiss households. In addition, innovative cooling concepts using rainwater and air circulation ensure the energy-efficient operation of Swisscom’s data centres. Thanks to a district heating network, the waste heat from these data centres also helps to heat the living rooms of many Swiss households.

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