CO2 efficiency through digital transformation

CO2 efficiency through digital transformation

Initial situation

CO2 efficiency and digital transformation is a central topic in the UIAA. As the worldwide umbrella organisation of all alpine associations, the organisation is comparable to FIFA for football or FIS for skiing.

The organisation is complex (77 member organisations in 55 countries, 8 commissions and numerous project groups). As a result, the coordination generates considerable travel expenses and costs.

Environmental protection through CO2 savings

Through its “Environment Protection” commission, the association is intensively involved in sustainable concepts. For this reason, not only digitization but also CO2 efficiency should be significantly improved as part of an environmental initiative.

The challenge: CO2 efficiency

The following strategic objectives were defined for the project

  • Integration and reduction of the existing IT systems to a consistent software platform.
  • Worldwide online collaboration through joint project work on documents and information.
  • Development and introduction of sustainable solutions for the reduction of CO2 emissions in the overall association
  • Gain in data quality and timeliness of content
  • Greater efficiency and effectiveness of committees and project groups
    more productive use of resources by volunteers

Requirements management

Within the framework of design-thinking workshops, we transferred the strategic goals into a transformation map. The strategic and operative fields of action were then derived from this.

We then evaluated the topics identified in this way for their potential to achieve the goals and created a prioritized topic backlog.

With this basis we created the solution blueprint. This was then broken down into project descriptions, each of which represented recommendations for the implementation of sub-projects.

Digital Transformation for climate protection

Through extensive use of cloud services and an integrated software platform, the plan was to reduce the company’s carbon footprint by more than 2/3.

To achieve this effect, it was planned to replace 1/3 of all meetings with online conferences.

In addition, the digitalization of information and collaboration processes was to reach not only internal employees but all members of the association in the future.

Through active information and data management and the provision of mobile applications, the basic need for meetings was to be reduced by at least another 30%.

The benefits

Our concept proposals were later evaluated by an independent jury of the CIO magazine. In the competition for innovative energy and environmental concepts, our concepts were nominated as a finalist for the “Green IT Best Practice Award”.