SGS is not an energy intensive company, but with over 80,000 employees and more than 1,650 premises, targeting energy consumption at our offices and laboratories is the best way we can contribute to tackling climate change.
Our greatest challenge is the huge diversity of our company. We have a hub-and-spoke model, with a wide spectrum of intensities. The activities of SGS laboratories vary greatly; a consumer testing services laboratory, for example, is likely to have a lower energy demand than a geochemical laboratory with powerful crushing machines.
Within the business lines there are variations too; an industrial laboratory may be high-tech, or focused on more physical processes such as welding or extraction. This renders the process of benchmarking our energy use a challenging one. We are currently engaged in the process of constructing three different benchmarks that will be used to gauge the energy efficiency of our facilities.
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