SGS believes it must manage business growth in tandem with environmental, social and economic impacts on society.


SGS aims to ‘Do More With Less’ both in its own business practice as well as for its customers through client services. The company's ultimate goal is to achieve carbon neutrality - this includes a target to reach 100% renewable power by 2020.

In 2014 SGS aims to achieve a 10% reduction in carbon intensity (per employee and unit revenue), decrease office and laboratory energy intensity by 10%, as well as reduce waste volume (against a 2010 baseline). By 2020, SGS aims to decrease emissions associated with offices and laboratories by 20% (against a 2010 baseline).


SGS utilizes a top down and bottom up approach to tackle sustainability issues and drive change in its organization.

In order to meet its 10% carbon emissions reduction, SGS is utilizing a combination of behavioral change and energy efficient technology solutions across offices and facilities around the world.


SGS purchases renewable energy certificates from Norwegian hydro-electric plants to a value that is equivalent to the electricity consumption in its European offices. Additionally, SGS sources renewable electricity and credible carbon offsets.

Its Energy Efficiency In Buildings program will reduce carbon emissions from SGS owned facilities through the integration of efficient HVAC systems, efficient lighting, and renewable energy use.

SGS has a network of 75 environmental projects in place with the goal of increasing energy efficiency, raising awareness among employees, and encouraging partners and suppliers to take climate action.

Investment in efficient appliances and lighting has been a priority for SGS. New lighting efficiency solutions in 12 South African facilities is estimated to achieve savings of 245 MWh of electricity and 227 tons of CO2 per year. New, more efficient air conditioning units for SGS facilities are expected to reduce power consumption by 75% as compared to previous models.


  • Carbon emissions in SGS offices have decreased by 4.7%, and in laboratories by 5.5% in 2013 (against a 2010 baseline).


  • Through client services, SGS works with the energy industry to increase efficiency practices as well as support the use of renewable energy.
  • Reduction of carbon emissions through behavior change programs and new efficiency technology solutions will lessen SGS climate impact.

Last updated: September 2015