Results and Feedback
SGS internal strategy on climate change performance is overseen by the Corporate Sustainability Steering Committee which meets biannually.
Emissions data is collected from all our affiliates twice yearly in January and July. The data is then analysed and the operational actions required to meet the stated targets are reviewed by the Corporate Sustainability Steering Committee. The data is consolidated into regional or country factsheets and monetised into our Green Book (our Sustainability Profit & Loss), which is shared with our CEO, Chief Operational Officers, and country managers, who identify "hotspots" where action is required (e.g. increase in electricity consumption or excessive business travel).
Good monitoring of energy efficiency projects is essential in order to provide feedback on the results of our intensive efforts, and to secure management commitment for future projects. Some highlights from 2014 include the following:
- At our laboratory in Taunusstein, Germany, we replaced the oil-fired heating system for a new gas one. We introduced a combined heat-and-power generator, condensing boilers, and an energy management system. This will save over 369,000 CHF per annum and 716 tonnes of carbon emissions.
- At our Booysens facility in South Africa, upgrading our lighting, air conditioning and electric motor systems is expected to achieve annual savings of around CHF 50 000 and over 480 MWh
- At our Geneva Switzerland, we have optimised light and heating levels as well as adjusting settings on all equipment to minimise energy use. The amount of air conditioning the data centre requires has been halved through the use of a ‘cold aisle’ to increase cooling efficiency. The building’s electricity consumption has been reduced by 22% against the 2010 baseline, saving 17 tonnes of CO2 per annum.
Figures such as these are vital in ensuring continued top management support for our energy efficiency programme as well as maximising the added value of measures by communicating our hard work to SGS external stakeholders.
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