In 2008, we introduced The ABB Green Building Policy, which details requirements for the acquisition, development, refurbishment and management activities related to our real estate portfolio. Criteria include site selection, architectural design, choice of materials and the selection and management of rented space.
Additionally, ABB also rolled out a corporate real estate energy efficiency program in the USA, in addition to its ongoing program in Europe, based on its successful Green Corporate Real Estate Management (Green CREM) strategy.
Launched more than ten years ago, the Green CREM system is an analytical tool that helps to evaluate data on emissions and utilities consumption at individual sites to identify possibilities for improvements and provides a standard method to assess implementation. Learning from the roll out in Europe, the wider implementation of the Green CREM strategy will improve energy efficiency across our entire real estate portfolio.