Switzerland’s carrier, Swisscom, and its partner, myclimate, says that green ICT solutions will save the country some CHF 7 billion (US$7.75 billion) in cost as well as help reduce 750,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions. According to Swisscom, the CO2 savings will help make up the shortfall of the country’s Kyoto Protocol targets.
The projections are based on data from 133 companies who have used the Swisscom’s Green-ICT Check, which helps them calculate the benefits of green ICT solutions they have deployed. The data is then extrapolated out to the whole business community in the country.“The results were astounding: Efficient ICT solutions could enable Swiss companies to save a quantity of CO2 equivalent to the annual emissions of 250,000 cars (750,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents), the electricity consumption of around 100,000 households (493,000 MWh) or around 500 years of travel time,” Swisscom said. “The calculations also show that there is even more potential. Efficient ICT solutions would allow potential annual savings in the costs of energy, travel and travel time of around CHF 7 billion, a figure that includes the investment costs for mobile workplaces”
To better inform its customers, Swisscom has launched a new label for particularly climate-friendly products, such as video conferencing, home office solutions, and IT services from energy efficient data centres.
“This label will be given to products whose total CO2 emissions are considerably lower than comparable products. These total emissions include emissions from the manufacture, operation and disposal of a product,” the operator said.
Press release: Swisscom – CHF 7 billion savings with green ICT solutions.