Siemens commits to making Smart Infrastructure HQ carbon neutral by 2023

SiemensSiemens Smart Infrastructure plans to transform its global headquarters in Zug, Switzerland, into a carbon neutral location by 2023. To achieve this, a comprehensive renovation of an existing building on Theilerstrasse 1c will commence in May 2021 for a period of two years. Siemens has earmarked around EUR 63 million (CHF 70 million) for the refurbishment works.

Globally, Siemens committed to turn its operations carbon neutral by 2030, highlighting companies’ responsibility towards driving decarbonisation. The goal: all Siemens production facilities and buildings worldwide are to achieve a net zero-carbon footprint by 2030. Siemens has already reduced 54 percent of its CO2 footprint.

“Sustainability is top of our agenda – when it comes to the technology we supply to customers but also in our own operations. Our experience has shown that with our solutions, considerable energy savings of up to 30 percent can be achieved in most buildings,” said Matthias Rebellius, managing board member of Siemens AG and CEO of Smart Infrastructure. “Companies play a significant role in the fight against climate change and we intend to lead by example.”

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The campus in Zug is Siemens’ largest Swiss location. It is a showcase for smart buildings that combine innovative building technology and renewable energy to achieve energy efficiency and decarbonisation. It is also a reference project for digitalisation in buildings and future-oriented working. The main office building and the factory, which both opened in 2019, saved 600 tons of CO2 in the first operating year, compared to the average heat consumption of recent years, which corresponds to a reduction of 60 percent.

The company supports customers worldwide to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to fighting climate change with its environmental portfolio. The company’s overall environmental portfolio elements, including systems, products and services, installed in fiscal 2020 helped customers reduce CO2 emissions by 7 million metric tons.

In Switzerland, Siemens is the largest industrial employer, providing jobs to around 5,300 people. To further support decarbonisation, all company locations will be equipped with Siemens charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The existing charging infrastructure in Zug will soon be supplemented with around 40 additional charging stations. Employees can recharge their batteries free of charge at all Siemens locations in Switzerland. Worldwide, the company has committed to converting its entire fleet to fully electric by 2030.