At SES, we’re committed to operating our business in a socially responsible way. We go above and beyond what is compulsory, and set our own targets for how we approach the environmental and ecological profile of the business, our educational contributions, charitable activities, human resource management and corporate strategy.
We apply best practices in minimizing the environmental impact of our sites across the world and outsourced activities, such as the manufacturing and launching of spacecraft. Our compliance is checked through yearly audits that are conducted both by internal and by third-party accredited organisations that specialise in the field of industrial safety.
Since 2008, we have officially reported the CO2 emissions of our operations through participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which collects the data of all our business activities and locations.
The data collection for CDP covers three scopes:
- Scope 1: Direct Combustibles (such as chemical fuels and gas, refrigerant leakage, car fleet)
- Scope 2: Indirect Energy consumption (purchased electricity or heat)
- Scope 3: Other Emissions (business travel, commuting, waste, water consumption)
In the context of the legal framework in Europe , we started to analyse the energy efficiency of the main facilities in accordance to EN 16247. This audit was first performed at the SES's site in Munich, Germany, and in 2016 at the head quarter site in Betzdorf, Luxembourg.
We are particularly focused on carbon reduction initiatives. In fact, billions of items of data exchanged by satellite through teleports are analysed in computer servers located at the Betzdorf site in Luxembourg. These servers emit a lot of heat and need to be constantly cooled.
Since 2010, our headquarters in Betzdorf, Luxembourg, have been using electricity sourced from hydropower. The same technology was applied to our operations in Sweden.
Through these and other initiatives, SES has thus implemented a substantial and ongoing carbon reduction plan in its sites across the world.