A greener SWIFT
Delivering on our CO2 targets
Five years ago, we set a target to reduce our global carbon emissions by 60 percent between 2007 and 2012. We are delighted to have delivered on that commitment, and will continue to work towards a further 10 percent reduction (against our 2007 baseline) by 2015.
We are actively working to make our data centres increasingly more energy efficient. Our new operating centre in Switzerland is not only state of the art in terms of security and resilience, it is also a flagship construction in terms of energy efficiency. It features innovative use of outside air as a cooling mechanism, along with a modified computer room temperature which will ensure the facility operates at maximum efficiency and minimum CO2 emissions.
The way we work
- Our working from home/flex time policy introduced at the end of 2012 has enabled employees to reduce their commuting impact and has led to an increase in the energy efficiency of our office buildings. A greater impact is expected in 2013 and 2014 as take-up of these policies continues.
- Through our commuting policy, we encourage our staff to select more environmentally friendly ways of commuting to work (electric bikes, greener cars, public transport).
Our commuting policy was rewarded with the Business Mobility Award from the Brussels region in May 2012.
- We have also made further investment in telecommunication tools which help reduce the overall necessity for business travel. When travel is mandatory, we are offsetting the environmental impact through carbon certificates.
- At our largest community event, Sibos, we engaged with delegates to reduce the environmental impact of bringing together more than 6,000 people from around the world. Through our partner, Climact, we offered delegates the chance to offset their own travel, as well as the emissions generated by SWIFT staff and event organisers. Contributions raised went to projects in Ghana and
Kenya, introducing locally-made efficient stoves and water purification filters whilst improving the conditions of local people in a sustainable way.