Environmental and Climate Protection
In the environmental sector, Sunrise focuses on energy and energy efficiency and, in doing so, makes a significant contribution toward climate protection.
Energy & eco-efficiency
Energy efficiency plays a key role in driving sustainable development with the limited use of finite resources. Sunrise assesses its energy efficiency as par t of a voluntary energy efficiency target agreement with the Swiss Federal Government and launched several effor ts in 2018 to improve its energy efficiency. The biggest source of harmful emissions Sunrise can directly influence is its direct electricity consumption, more than 80% of which is attributable to the network infrastructure. To this end, the Company installed more efficient air conditioning systems and upgraded power supply units at antenna locations to
optimize power consumption. To date, these effor ts have resulted in total savings of up to 212,945 kWh of electricity per year. Despite the rapid growth in data usage and increased network performance, total direct electricity consumption at Sunrise has risen only slightly over the past five years.
Energy Consumption and Efficiency Objectives
By defining energy efficiency objectives, Sunrise seeks to make its environmental protection effor ts measurable and assessable. The goal is to increase energy efficiency by at least 13.5% (based on 2012 levels) by 2020 as par t of the Company’s voluntary efficiency agreement with the Swiss Federal Govern- ment. Given that Sunrise has already increased its energy efficiency by more than 12% in 2018, it is highly likely that it will surpass the original target set in 2012.
A company’s environmental footprint is an impor tant measure that can help determine the impact of its business activities on the climate. 2016 marked the first time Sunrise calculated its environmental footprint. In addition, Sunrise joined the Carbon Disclosure Project in 2018 to continue improving its reporting.
The environmental footprint analysis included the relevant factors the Company has direct control over: greenhouse gas emissions from fuels and combustibles and direct electricity consumption (Scopes 1 and 2). Not included in the calculations were indirect (Scope 3) emissions, which would for example also take into consideration the environmental impact of mobile phone production.
Greenhouse gas emissions from combustible fuels include heat generation for offices and points of sale. Sunrise has a relatively low score in this area, since the Company’s headquar ters and other larger buildings use district heating. The opening of several new Sunrise shops has mainly led to an increase in combustible emissions in 2018. Vehicle emissions include the Sunrise vehicle fleet. In 2018, 174 vehicles traveled an average of 25,750 kilometers. The expansion of the B2B sector and its vehicle pool led to an increase in CO2 emissions. The average CO2 emission per company car has slightly decreased from 128 g CO2 per kilometer in 2015 to 117 g CO2 per kilometer in 2018. The “Other emissions” category mainly accounts for refrigerant losses in air conditioning systems installed at the Company’s network sites. Direct electricity consumption (Scope 2) produces the lion’s share of greenhouse gas emissions.
As announced in 2016, Sunrise switched its electricity supply to 100% renewable energy sources, thus taking an essential step toward climate protection. In 2018, more than 75% of the total renewable energy share was domestically sourced, and water power is the most used renewable energy source. This climate protection measure had a major impact on the environmental footprint: in 2017, Scope 2 emissions were reduced by almost 90%. In 2018, Scope 2 emissions increased slightly due to rising electricity consump- tion at our network sites.
Waste and Recycling
Waste and recycling, a highly relevant topic, is an impor tant aspect for Sunrise to meet its customers’ and other stakeholders’ expectations of sound environmental management. A solid product life cycle view can enhance the attractiveness of products in the eyes of Sunrise customers.
In the area of product and business ecology, Sunrise has several initiatives in place to lower waste and improve the recycling of its own products. Since 2015, Sunrise has been offering a take-back program for mobile phones and tablets. The Company continued the program in 2018, taking back a large number of mobile phones and tablets for proper recycling or refurbishment. Sunrise also has in place a refurbish- ment program for Sunrise T V and Internet Boxes returned by customers. The goal of this program is to increase the use of these hardware while at the same time decreasing e-waste.
A state-of-the-ar t approach to office ecology can help Sunrise improve employer attractiveness. Digitali- zation is therefore an impor tant driver toward sustainable office ecology. With the move to its new Headquar ters in 2019, Sunrise seeks to minimize paper consumption and waste by offering its employees a modern, paperless, digital work experience. As par t of the new workplace, Sunrise also developed a state-of-the-ar t recycling concept for the new Headquar ters in 2018.