Energy and emissions | SITA


Measuring our energy and emissions is key to understanding how to reduce it

energy and emissions statistics 2016


Across the 19 sites where we can capture data, the energy consumption was recorded as 24,375,828 KwH. This represents a reduction of 10.5% against the previous year’s consumption. The energy was used for electricity and heating or cooling our offices. The energy intensity for the year was recorded as 479 KwH/ SqM, and is a decrease of 5.3% against 2015. The intensity is calculated by dividing the energy consumed (as above) by the floor space in square meters occupied at each site. 


Emissions are captured from two sources; those from energy consumption of our operations (at offices) and emissions as a result of business travel. The total emissions for the organization for the year was 25,993 tons CO2e. Overall a reduction in emissions was reported of 3.4%. Emissions from energy consumed in our operations was 11,731 tons CO2e for the year, a reduction of 10%. DEFRA (2014) GHG factors are used for the calculation of emissions from our operations from energy consumption, except for the UAE, Lebanon and Jordan where the International Energy Agency (2014) factors were used. We break down the greenhouse gases into carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O). Our travel suppliers provide a report on the annual emissions for 95% of the business travel undertaken by our people. In 2016, this was 14,262 tons CO2e, and represented 19,736 flights, including domestic, continental and intercontinental routes. This is an increase of 2% on the previous year. As an organization that supports nearly every airline and airport in the world, air travel is an essential part of our business as a provider to the air transport industry. We have robust control measures in place to prevent unnecessary travel. This is supported by a suite of online collaboration and conferencing tools that enable our teams to work together across the globe. The intensity of emissions from operations is calculated by normalizing the tons of CO2e emitted by the number of square meters occupied. In 2016, the intensity ratio for our office operations was 230 tons CO2e / SqM, a reduction of 5% on the previous year. As outlined in the section on energy, this is mainly due to changes in our premises.

Managing IT equipment responsibly

SITA’s environmental commitment includes the responsible and appropriate management of end-of-life IT equipment. This is both from our own operations and where equipment is part of a customer project. Working with a small number of selected specialist providers, 2016 saw over 86,000 kg of equipment recycled in 78 countries – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. This includes computers, servers, monitors, networking equipment and associated peripherals.

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