Environment

Ecological and social values

Besides bits and bytes, technological developments and virtual worlds, we must not forget the real world, fellow human beings and the environment. UPC attaches great importance to ecological and social values, both with regard to the conduct of all its employees and the wider world. Liberty Global, UPC’s parent company, publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report every year. Data for UPC is also incorporated into this.

 

Click here for the 2014 Report.

Environmental targets

Liberty Global, UPC’s parent company, has made a Group-wide commitment to increase its energy efficiency by 15 per cent each year until 2020. UPC is part of Liberty Global’s environmental target.

 

UPC is committed to sustainable climate protection. It is working to actively optimise its energy efficiency. In an additional agreement with the Swiss authorities, UPC has undertaken to increase the energy efficiency of the company’s overall energy consumption by almost 10 per cent by 2023. As measured by energy consumption per terabyte transmitted, this corresponds to an annual energy efficiency increase of 25 per cent. This means that a transmitted data package uses 25 per cent less energy in the network each year than in the previous year. And this year after year.

 

UPC also achieved an important change in energy consumption in 2014. Despite 50 per cent more data traffic, the overall energy consumption of UPC’s glass fibre optic cable network was able to be reduced compared with 2013. These savings were achieved, among other things, by using state-of-the-art, efficient cooling techniques in the data centre and by increasing the cold water temperatures.

Savings at new headquarters

The amalgamation of three UPC sites in German-speaking Switzerland at the company’s new headquarters in Wallisellen in a Minergie-standard building has reduced the energy consumption by a further 30 per cent. The new building with around 1,200 employees adheres to the strict guidelines of the 2000-watt society, for example by using geothermal energy for cooling and heating or the automatic control of window blinds when the sun is shining. Because virtually all of the employees in German-speaking Switzerland are now working at one site, it has also been possible to reduce CO2 emissions by around 15 per cent because employees no longer need to travel between sites for meetings or training courses.

Solar energy production

Since summer 2010, UPC has been producing its own solar power at the headend in Monte Carasso. Solar cells generate over 10 kW – resulting in a solar output of around 15,000 kWh per year.

Free disposal of old modems or Mediaboxes

UPC allows its customers to return their old modems free of charge and disposes of them correctly. A free returns label can be obtained from our Customer Service.

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Save energy – it’s as simple as one, two, three

UPC has been working to reduce the energy consumption of its devices for a long time now. Together with the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), the company can show you how to save electricity simply and quickly by making some easy adjustments to the standby settings for your additional devices for Internet and digital TV.

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