Industry Sector: Telecommunications
NEWSWEEK Green Score: 77.0%
Environmental Impact: 77.0%
Environmental Management: 75.8%
Transparency & Disclosure: 81.8%
Swisscom AG is the largest telecommunications firm in Switzerland. It is one of the largest purchasers of electricity in Switzerland, but it also uses 100 percent renewable energy. The company made its first purchase of solar energy in 1999, and by 2010, it had transitioned to using electricity generated only by renewable-energy sources. The company’s “Mistral” system uses fresh outside air to cool its television exchanges instead of expensive air conditioning systems. Since 1998, the company has reduced CO2 emissions by 53 percent. The company offers many environmentally-friendly devices, such as the Ecomode cordless phone, which does not emit any radiation when in standby mode. Swisscom even introduced the world’s first solar-powered phone in 2009.