Plantronics Emissions Reporting
Plantronics is committed to reducing its impact on the environment. Our recent efforts have enabled us to put a stake in the ground and report our Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) for the first time. We understand that many aspects of our business impact the environment and the communities in which we live and work. A smaller footprint is better for business, better for our customers, and better for the planet.
Our goal for FY15 is to reduce emissions globally by 5% in this next year. We look forward to tracking and reporting our progress.
Excessive Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emission is problematic to our atmosphere because of its ability to trap heat; the measurement of this ability is called "Global Warming Potential." There are many GHG gases other than CO2; some of which have a Global Warming Potential 10,000 times that of CO2. For simplicity, all GHGs are measured and converted into CO2 equivalent (CO2e).
A standard GHG report organizes the sources of emissions into two main categories:
- Scope 1 emissions originate from company facilities directly; they include any gases burned on-site, the exhaust from company-owned vehicles, as well as fugitive emissions from fire suppression and refrigerant-containing equipment.
- Scope 2 emissions are indirect, and result from emissions created off-site by the company's purchase of electricity.
Plantronics is in the early stages of measuring GHG emissions, but we have captured the major sources at our three biggest facilities located in Santa Cruz, CA (US), Swindon (UK), and Tijuana (MX) (our manufacturing facility called Plamex).
In the past year, Plantronics has managed to both grow the business and reduce total emissions relative to increases in revenue. With continued investments in solar energy generation, we expect to reduce our emissions year over year.
Plantronics works continuously to reduce waste and prevent pollution at our facilities, in all aspects of the manufacturing process, and each of our products' lifecycles. At our Santa Cruz facility, we recycle all paper, cardboard, small batteries, fluorescent tubes, and e-waste.
Our manufacturing facilities follow strict recycling programs, and their employees receive full training on best practices. Plamex, our manufacturing facility in Mexico, recycles more than 6.3 million pounds of materials (cardboard, plastics, cables, and components) per year.
We've sent over 215,000 pounds of e-waste to our recycling company since 2012.
All of our Santa Cruz buildings have been designed to meet the standards of California's voluntary Savings by Design program, featuring energy-efficient construction, low-flow toilets, and waterless urinals that save approximately 300,000 gallons of water per year.
Drought-tolerant plants, shrubs, and grasses make up the majority of our landscaping. Our "smart" irrigation system uses satellite data to calculate the amount of water to use, saving approximately 250,000 gallons of water per year.
Total water conservation efforts at Plantronics saves more than 550,000 gallons of water each year.