Improving the efficiency of our activities is helping us to save energy, cut carbon emissions and costs, and minimize waste. Our environmental management system (EMS) helps us monitor progress and identify ways to improve further. It provides the basis for all of our environmental activity, focusing on environmental matters related to energy and material efficiency. As our networks operations are ISO 14001 certified globally, our environmental performance is audited regularly by an external body.
The eco-efficiency of our own activities – meaning the impacts from production, facilities, business travel, and product transportation to market – is directly affected by our decision-making, and we are committed to minimizing this impact.
We improve the energy efficiency of our facilities
Our operations are not energy intensive as such, but our test labs consume a considerable amount of energy and are therefore our most energy-intensive facilities. We are building a culture of energy efficiency across our business by identifying and implementing a series of energy efficiency measures at our facilities, including environmental controls utilizing a variety of sensors, LED lighting replacement, and more efficient and controllable equipment.
We also trial a number of intelligent measurement and display technologies that help inform staff of the energy use within their working environment so that they understand where we can be more efficient. In addition, our awareness campaigns give staff the opportunity to provide feedback on where improvements can be made.
We reduce emissions from business travel
We reduce emissions from business travel by encouraging virtual meetings using ICT, allowing employees to work from home, implementing policies that encourage the use of electric or low-emission cars, organizing shuttle buses between hotels, offices, and airports, and encouraging our employees to use public transportation.
We drive down company car emissions
We encourage our employees to select cars that consume less CO2 per km than the market average. To support the use of electric cars, we provide charging stations in some of our biggest offices and we aim to install more.
We create more eco-friendly logistics
We aim to continually improve the efficiency of our logistics in order to be able to minimize the environmental impact of transporting components from suppliers to us and delivering our products to customers. We are focusing on reducing the use of airfreight and optimizing packaging.
We transport boxes without any additional containers
To save space, reduce the use of materials, limit costs, and cut fuel consumption and carbon emissions, in selected shipments we use pallets to transport boxes without any additional containers. We call this method box-on-pallet packaging.
We reuse packaging
All of our packaging is recyclable and we use recycled fiber wherever possible. We also reuse the product packaging that we receive at our inbound distribution hub to package outbound products.
We reduce, reuse, and recycle waste in our own operations
We aim to reduce the overall amount of waste we create while increasing the amount we recycle. When we have control over our waste disposal we segregate and sort our waste into 19 subcategories in order to maximize our recycling opportunities.
We pay attention to our water use
Water is an increasingly scarce resource in many of the countries where we operate. We monitor water usage to identify and implement water-saving measures wherever possible, and support reductions in water use through campaigns and training.
We raise eco-awareness among our employees
Raising environmental awareness among our employees and providing them with opportunities to engage is crucial to helping us improve further.
We encourage our suppliers to report their climate impacts
All our suppliers, except those with very low environmental impact, must have a documented environmental management system (EMS) in place. For key suppliers and for those with greater impact, it must be certified to ISO 14001, and we track this compliance through audits and assessments.
The main target for our environmental work with suppliers is to encourage key suppliers to report their climate impacts and set carbon reduction targets through the CDP Supply Chain Program. This helps us to plan improvement programs with our suppliers and improve reporting of our scope 3 emissions.
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