How We Manage Energy and Climate Change
GRI Content: G4-15, G4-16, G4-EN6, G4-EN31
Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 7, Goal 9, Goal 12, Goal 13, Goal 14, Goal 15, Goal 17
We are on a journey to reduce our carbon emissions and, since 2014, we have made investments in renewable energy projects, energy efficient measures and green electricity supply in some of our affiliates. We have over 73 projects and investigations underway worldwide to optimize operational efficiency in our laboratories and offices. These include a project in Belgium to replace over 500 fluorescent tubes with LED lighting in our offices and laboratories, and various energy and water efficiency projects in SGS India, including the installation of a water treatment plant at our Chennai facility, and the installation of 60 solar panels at our facility in The Netherlands which will produce a minimum of 13,700 kWh per year.
Since 2014, we have offset our CO2 emissions through projects located in each of the regions SGS operates in, thus making a positive contribution in areas where we have impact. We annually offset any residual CO2 emissions associated with our operations in major countries (see Carbon Neutrality).
Our Green Book, launched in 2012, is a six-monthly environmental profit and loss account prepared for senior managers, to help assess and monitor the financial impact of our sustainability performance, including our carbon footprint. This innovative model helps us to understand how sustainability management can be used to detect operational efficiencies.
For the third year running, SGS has been recognized in the CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index, a global ranking of listed companies on their approach to climate change mitigation. We are committed to being part of the solution, using our scale and our expertise to enable a more responsible, balanced and sustainable future. We recognize that ambitious action on climate change is necessary and that companies must play an active role in bringing solutions to the table that support the global economy and the global climate agenda.
Alongside our operational programs, we realize that SGS can make a greater contribution by helping our customers to respond to climate change challenges through our services linked to energy efficiency and alternative energy. These include energy management services and multiple services related to the energy efficiency of buildings, including renewable energy, feasibility studies, energy audits, energy performance certificates and ISO 50001 certification. We also offer a range of specialist advisory services and engineering expertise on sustainable buildings through SGS Search, based in the Netherlands. These services include cradle-to-cradle product certifications for companies committed to the development of a circular economy.
In December 2014, SGS became one of the first companies globally to sign the RE100 initiative. We have pledged to use 100% power from renewable sources by 2020. Led by The Climate Group and in partnership with Carbon Disclosure Project, RE100 is collaborating with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and others to get 100 of the world’s largest companies committing to 100% renewable power by 2020.
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