Achieve Executive Commitment

Top management commitment is an essential element for driving forward any energy efficiency programme. In 2015 SGS CEO Frankie Ng will announce internally the requirement for each SGS region to implement three landmark energy saving projects. This directive has already had an effect on energy management at SGS, with the approval of the Antwerp dock water cooling project estimated to save €56,778 and 342 tCO2e per annum.

“During 2014, our CO2 emissions decreased by 0.4% against 2013, despite sustained business growth and expansion of our business through acquisitions. This can be attributed to the many sustainability projects across our affiliates that are focused on energy reduction and efficiency. Maintaining a relentless focus on optimising energy efficiency in our buildings and through our supply chain will help to ensure that we effectively ‘de-couple’ our CO2 emissions from our business growth in the years ahead.” CEO and chairman joint statement from the SGS 2014 Sustainability report

The motivation behind the SGS energy efficiency programme is threefold: it reduces our operational expenditure, minimises our carbon emissions, and improves the capacity of our client facing business. Thanks to the understanding of climate change issues and impacts on our customers, we are today in a position to offer a large panel of standardised and tailor-made-services enabling customers to improve their environmental efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint. This is reflected in the growth of the SGS Environmental Services business, which delivered comparable revenue growth of 9.2% in 2014.

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