SITA, the leading IT provider for the air transport industry, has installed solar roof panels in its Singapore office as part of its continued commitment to reduce its carbon emissions and create more sustainable workplaces. The solution will deliver a 16% reduction on the office’s electricity-related carbon footprint compared to 2021 usage.
Research has shown that transitioning to renewable energy can achieve most of the greenhouse gas emissions reduction needed between now and 2050 to keep global warming to the temperature limits set out in the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Solar panels, selling and purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)*, and switching to green energy providers, will move SITA’s Singapore office from consuming brown energy (fossil fuel such as coal) to adopting more renewable and green energy. The ultimate aim for the office is to run on 100% renewable energy in the next few years as green energy supplies become more available in Singapore. Ten other SITA offices – Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Letterkenny, London Gate, Montreal, Prague, Rome, Vancouver, and Ypenburg – already run on entirely renewable energy.
SITA has been at the forefront of addressing its environmental impact for many years. In 2021, the company achieved CarbonNeutral® status after significantly reducing emissions associated with its business operations. Making SITA offices more energy-efficient and adopting renewable energy were some of the key initiatives implemented, contributing to an approximate 17% reduction in the company’s overall electricity emissions.
More recently, ITA has announced its ambitions to accelerate the scale and pace of its emission reduction efforts by committing to set science-based targets with the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in line with net-zero and 1.5oC global warming temperature target by 2050.
At the same time, SITA has ramped up efforts to help its airline and airport customers with their emission reduction and net-zero strategies. Last year, for example, the company joined forces with Envision Digital, a global net-zero technology leader with headquarters in Singapore, to jointly build sustainable airport solutions.
Sumesh Patel, President of Asia Pacific, SITA, said: “We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our operations, as well as that of our customers. Solar panels are just one of the ways we are making SITA workplaces more sustainable, contributing to our company’s overall carbon reduction efforts. I am delighted that our Singapore office is the first SITA office to have installed solar panels and our 11th office to adopt renewable energy.”