IWC Schaffhausen

Employees: 1,000 (2012)

Country: Switzerland

With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing watches of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of Haute Horlogerie at its finest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design.

Active climate protection and ecological responsibility are all part of the package that make up the company’s philosophy. The traditional Swiss manufacturer has lowered its carbon dioxide emissions by 90% in the space of a few years and has been certified as a carbon-neutral enterprise since the summer of 2007. 

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    The premises of IWC Schaffhausen are designed to minimize CO2-emissions. IWC has reduced its annual CO2-emissions from 380 tons in 2003 to 13 tons in 2009. Since 2007, the company has covered its entire electricity needs with “green” hydroelectric power. Thanks to modern, environmentally sound building methods, energy consumption over the past nine years has remained constant. This is all the more remarkable considering that the total area of the premises increased by 3,000 meter squared following the inauguration of the new East Annexe in 2005 and by a further 5000 meter squared after the opening of the new West Annexe in 2008, and that production has been stepped up substantially. 

    As part of its commitment to energy recycling, IWC uses residual heat from the city’s wastewater system for the requirements of both the East and West Annexe. The centerpiece of this system is a combined cooling system and heat pump, which is able to generate heat and cold alternately or even simultaneously. The system can be used all year round. Moreover, the East Annexe features two groundwater holders, which can be used to cool the building and machines and, when necessary, supplement the heating system. In addition to this, the company has installed optimally insulated glass facades, a rainwater collection system for flushing toilets and a modern ventilation system to reduce energy consumption.

    Thanks to all these measures, IWC has cut carbon dioxide emissions produced by the buildings at its headquarters in Schaffhausen by 50% and in the last couple of years has reduced Scope 1 emissions by 25% and Scope 3 by 1%.

    IWC Schaffhausen is currently planning a new extension of its manufacturing site, which will be constructed according to state of the art energy efficiency standards in 2015. 

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