Amy Geisberger joined Siemens Canada Limited last year as sustainability manager. Right away she noticed her colleagues showed a keen interest in her work.
“I’ve been invited to speak at so many team meetings,” says Geisberger. “Everyone is open to learning more about sustainability and how they can help in their functions.”
At Siemens Canada, some 2,900 employees deliver solutions for sustainable energy management, smart infrastructure and efficient manufacturing. The company creates technology for more resource-efficient factories, resilient supply chains, smarter buildings and grids, and cleaner sustainable transportation.
“Siemens has a strong track record as a leader in sustainability,” says Faisal Kazi, president and CEO. “We were one of the first to commit to net zero by 2030. And we have a very large footprint – not just our offices, but factories and more.”
Since 2019, Siemens has reduced carbon dioxide emissions in its global operations by approximately 46 per cent. And Siemens spends approximately €5 billion (over $7-billion) globally on research and development each year to generate new inventions that create technology with purpose.
Geisberger works with two teams in her role as sustainability manager. One team works to further improve emissions reduction at Siemens Canada. The second team works with customers to use Siemens’ innovative technology to help with their decarbonization and sustainability goals.
“This is how we multiply our impact on the environment,” says Geisberger. “We use our technology and expertise – and we share it.”
In past roles, Geisberger spent much of her time educating senior leaders on sustainability. “I was shocked when I came here,” she says. “At Siemens we have so much information available.”
There are live webinars led by internal and external experts, and e-learning modules, including a program called Sustainability at Siemens: Base Camp that explains its DEGREE strategic framework with six fields of action: decarbonization, ethics, governance, resource efficiency, equity and employability.
“There is a lot of transformation going on and we want to ensure that we’re investing enough in the education of our employees,” says Kazi.
Employees are involved in sustainability initiatives through their work and through the green culture that extends to extracurricular projects. Every year, Siemens Canada holds tree-planting events across the country, including near its head office in Oakville, Ont. Over the past decade, company employees and partners have planted nearly 15,000 trees.
Another recent pilot project was to install a Smartflower micro-grid that moves with the sun throughout the day to provide efficient solar power to aspects of the head office. It’s a living lab where employees can see results in a display at the entrance to the building. A Smartflower micro-grid is also powering classrooms and providing educational, real-time data on electricity production and energy absorption in a high school in Saskatoon.
Employees also support the donation of the company’s used laptops, which means they haven’t ended up in landfills since 2010. Replaced every three years, the laptops must be wiped of data and cleaned to be repurposed for new recipients, which would be a significant expenditure for the company. Instead, employees volunteer to take on the work, and the computers have gone to everyone from Indigenous communities to students studying at home during the pandemic, to newcomers from Ukraine who had the computers set up in their native language.
These are just a few of the many green initiatives Siemens employees can get involved in. “It’s not just that the company is an environmental champion,” says Kazi. “Siemens gives employees the opportunity to make an impact on the environment through our innovative sustainability solutions.”
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