Environment, objectives and management approach

The energy turnaround and climate change remain key issues for Swisscom and its stakeholder groups. The Swiss Confederation’s 2050 energy strategy intends to phase out 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. The company has determined its energy requirements until 2020 and plans to increase energy efficiency by 35% from 2016 to the end of 2020. This target is set out in a target agreement with the Energy Agency of the Swiss Private Sector (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 2016 was around 0.99(prior year: 0.81). Swisscom aims to achieve the “2:1 target” by reducing emissions and by promoting and marketing its sustainable portfolio. It has reported the emissions reduction to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBT), a partnership between CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), UN Global Compact, WWF and World Resources Institute (WRI). It classifies company reduction targets as “science-based” if they are in line with the level of decarbonisation required to keep the global temperature increase below 2° C. Swisscom is committed to reducing its Scope 1 emissions by 10%, Scope 2 emissions by 100% and Scope 3 emissions by 18% by 2020, with all targets relating to 2013 levels. Swisscom is among the 32 companies worldwide whose reduction targets were recognised by the SBT initiative in 2016.


Environmental and purchasing policies provide a framework for Swisscom to use its resources sustainably. Management norms, standards and internal directives 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 also certified to ISO 9001. 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 (prior year: idem 96.2%).