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Managing our footprint and beyond

Climate change is one of the most pressing problems facing our world today. It’s in the interests of everyone that we see systemic change that averts climate catastrophe and unlocks the potential of green growth. At PwC, we believe the business community has a key role to play in making that happen. And we’re determined to play our part. 

To be able to systematically reduce our impact on the climate in Switzerland, we are calculating, controlling and monitoring our carbon footprint. In 2019, we introduced a new garbage and recycling system in our offices which allows us to reduce plastics to a minimum. We offset all our carbon emissions we produce by our business-related air travel and want to use 100% renewable electricity (RE100) by FY22. We focus on maximum energy efficiency not only in new buildings, but also with building refurbishments. Our working places are designed in a way that enhances creativity, and we do our best to recycle discarded IT and office materials.

In September 2020 we were raising our climate ambition, by making a worldwide science-based commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

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Scoreboard Environment

Find out how we were performing in regards of our environmental ambitions

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A few examples of what we do

  • Our biggest offices (Zurich and Basel) get their electricity exclusively from renewable resources. By FY22, we use 100% renewable electricity.
  • The Geneva office uses water from the lake for cooling and heating
  • Lighting and office equipment are used energy-efficiently, with light sources switched on and off automatically
  • Minergie sustainable building standards are applied where ever possible
  • Our Zurich staff restaurant has the ‘Fourchette verte’ (‘Green Fork’) quality label for balanced nutrition

Separate disposal of:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • PET recyclable plastic
  • Electrical waste and batteries
  • Residual waste, glass, aluminium and tin
  • Organic waste
  • To mitigate the impact of our unavoidable air travel emissions, we are investing in a range of carbon offsets
  • Our travel policy states that business trips should only be made if the same purpose cannot be achieved by other means of communication. If we travel, we use environmentally-friendly means of transport whenever possible
  • We reimburse half-price tickets to our staff for train journeys and offer preferential rates for car-sharing options
  • Our people and the environment benefit from flexible working arrangements and working from home
  • Most documents are sent in digital format
  • Double-sided printing as standard
  • PCs with green label
  • New ‘eco’ projectors
  • Recycled paper used in MFDs
  • Climate-neutral postal service

Contact us

Jasmin Khalifa

Jasmin Khalifa

Head of Corporate Responsibility, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 18 30