UBS and the environment - Protecting our future
UBS supports Earth Hour 2013
As part of its commitment to reducing global carbon emissions, UBS will again participate in Earth Hour, a World Wildlife Fund initiative, supporting environmentally sustainable action.
Governments, businesses and individuals around the world will turn off their lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, 23 March. This symbolic action begins in New Zealand and will progress across all Global time zones.
Paul Cranfield, Head of Global In-House Environmental Management commented that “UBS has taken part in Earth Hour since 2009 and each year more of our global offices have joined in. Employees are also encouraged to enjoy an hour by candlelight, taking the opportunity to consider how small changes to their individual behavior can make a difference”.
“We are accountable for the fossil fuels we use in our daily lives, the speed that global resources are being consumed and the effect this may have on future generations. UBS is committed to including sustainability in all its business activities, whilst encouraging staff, suppliers and service partners to share in this corporate value”.
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007 as a single-city call-to-action. Since then the initiative has grown into a global movement in which hundreds of millions of people around the world join together to acknowledge the importance of protecting our planet. More than 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2012 alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change.
The iconic “lights out” event has involved some of the world’s most recognized landmarks, including: the Egyptian Pyramids, the Forbidden City, the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Empire State Building, the Las Vegas Strip, the Petronas Towers, the Peace Tower, Table Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue, the Sydney Opera House, the Acropolis of Athens, and the Roman Colosseum.
UBS surpassed it’s 2012 global target to reduce its carbon emissions by 40% from 2004 levels and we have extended the target to 50% by 2016 as part of the firms new Climate Change Strategy.. We’re committed to achieving this goal by making all of our buildings more energy efficient, purchasing electricity from renewable sources, and offsetting all carbon emissions from agency booked business air travel.
UBS buildings in the following locations will participate in Earth Hour 2013:
- Hong Kong
- Jersey City
- Kuala Lumpur
- La Coruna
- Mexico City
- New York
- San Francisco
- Sao Paulo
- Tel Aviv
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