Responsibility for the environment

We have been leading the way in climate and environmental protection internationally in our industry for years. And we’re pursuing further ambitious goals.

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Our number one goal

To become completely climate neutral

We aim to be climate neutral across the entire value chain by 2025. We’ll achieve this through avoidance, reduction and offsetting residual emissions.

Direct emissions: -90%

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We have already reduced over 80% of our direct emissions since 1990. By 2025, we will have reduced them by a further 10%. We offset the unavoidable residual emissions. We want to further reduce our carbon footprint.

Scope 2 emissions in 1990 and 2000 are based on calculations.

Figures in 1,000 tonnes of CO2. For further information, see the interview with Saskia Günther, Head of Corporate Responsibility and the 2021 Climate Report(opens in new tab).

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Renewable energies

Since 2010, all of the energy we use has come from renewable sources. Certifications of origin attest to the CO2-free production of the purchased energy. We also operate 87 photovoltaic plants, with which we produce our own electricity.

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Efficient infrastructure

To reduce emissions from the consumption of thermal energy, we are systematically replacing all of our heating systems that need updating with heat pumps, wood heaters and heat recovery from our own operations.

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Sustainable mobility

By 2025, we want to halve the CO2 emissions of our vehicle fleet by gradually switching over from fuel-efficient combustion models to electric vehicles.

Indirect emissions: -50%

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At 275 kt CO2, indirect emissions account for by far the largest share of our carbon footprint. By 2025, we aim to reduce this by 50% and offset the rest.

Start of indirect emissions measurement in 2013.

Figures in 1,000 tonnes of CO2. For further information, see the interview with Saskia Günther, Head of Corporate Responsibility and the 2021 Climate Report(opens in new tab).

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Sustainable supply chain

To reduce emissions from the supply chain, we enter into agreements on the achievement of climate protection goals with our key partners and suppliers.

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Climate-friendly working

To avoid unnecessary business trips and commutes, we offer flexible working models and innovative solutions such as Work Smart, remote working or working from home and video communication.

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Sustainable products

We work with our suppliers to develop recyclable products. In 2022, for example, Swisscom launched the Internet-Box 3 made of 70% recycled plastic.

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Our second goal

To save 1 million tonnes of CO2

We want to make an additional contribution to climate protection by 2025 by helping our customers save one million tons of CO2 with sustainable products and services.

Saving CO2 with ICT services

Through innovative ICT solutions, we have already helped our customers to reduce their carbon footprint by more than 800,000 tonnes of CO2-eq. We want to increase this positive contribution to climate protection to over one million tonnes of CO2-eq per year by 2025 and thus save the equivalent of 2% of all carbon emissions in Switzerland.

For further information, see the interview with Saskia Günther, Head of Corporate Responsibility and the 2021 Climate Report.

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Work Smart services

We are helping to avoid unnecessary travel through video communication and online collaboration. The COVID pandemic in particular revealed the emissions-reducing potential of these solutions.

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IoT technologies

By facilitating the IoT-based remote monitoring and control of equipment such as heaters, tanks and containers, we are helping to reduce unnecessary journeys and, in turn, CO2 emissions.

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Cloud services

By moving processing power and data storage to our highly efficient data centres, we are contributing to climate protection through energy savings while also reducing costs and improving security.

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Dematerialisation

From till receipts and paper billing to brochures and manuals, paperless digital solutions allow us to reduce emissions while improving usability and service quality.

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Circular economy

By supporting the circular economy, we are helping to give used smartphones and laptops a new lease of life. Extending service life helps to conserve resources and save energy.

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New solutions

We are constantly developing new customer solutions that contribute to climate protection. In 2022, for example, we launched a comprehensive package of measures to support companies in defining and implementing their climate strategy.

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How we offset emissions

Swisscom’s operations have been climate neutral since 2020. Since 2022, subscriptions, network and devices have also been climate neutral. Our customers enjoy climate-neutral surfing, streaming and calls without additional costs or waivers. We offset unavoidable CO2 emissions through high-quality climate protection projects selected according to strict criteria.

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