Our headquarters in Santa Cruz, CA feature the largest solar and sun tube installation in Santa Cruz County. Eighty percent of our site utility bill is offset by solar power. In our parking lot, we offer electric vehicle charging stations that run off of energy produced by our solar panels.Hundreds of sun tubes reduce lighting costs and save energy by using natural light. In total, our energy conservation efforts save approximately 1,395,000 kilowatts annually.
In June of 2006, Plantronics commissioned a 262 kW photovoltaic system. Integral to the system is the web-based monitoring. Plantronics wanted to monitor the system to:
Confirm production of electricity.
Enable maintenance department to monitor system output.
Allow employees to see, from their desktops, that the system is performing.
Help enhance their already environmentally friendly image.
The system installer, Barry Swenson Builder, wanted to monitor the system to:
Confirm the day to day system performance.
Confirm the expected monthly output.
Advertise their successful installations.
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Our manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Mexico, has just completed the largest solar installation in Tijuana County and the State of Baja California. It is the second largest capacity installed over the roof in Latin America. There are 4,284 panels generating 1.3 Megawatts of electricity, enough to offset seventy percent of the building's annual consumption of electricity. Our louvered ceiling lets in natural light directly from the top, but at an angle that avoids glare, further reducing the facility's impact on the environment.
Royal Wootton Bassett, UK
Our facility in the United Kingdom has also added solar panels to its roof. 584 panels in total, generating roughly 115,350 kilowatt hours to date since June 2013.
The solar panels at our Clarity facility in Tennessee have generated over 60,200 kilowatt hours in their second year, five percent more than was estimated. These panels will reduce CO2emissions by 942 tons over a 25 year period.
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.
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.
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.
Plantronics' global headquarters is located in Santa Cruz, California, known for its beautiful ocean side location and environmentally aware sensibilities. Our recent Smarter Working building redesign of our main building includes natural floor materials such as cork, sisal (plant fiber) and recycled carpet, all of which absorb sound.
Our new ceiling wave, which also helps reduce noise, is designed to reflect the sound wave of our company logo and the ocean waves outside. Natural light and glass walls open up the interior, and ergonomically correct chairs ensure comfort for everyone. As Plantronics continues to remodel our Santa Cruz headquarters, we will continue to follow these practices.
All slats made of responsibly harvested, Forest Stewardship Council – certified alder
Our UK facility's Smarter Working redesign reduced its carbon footprint by moving from three buildings to one, reducing floor space from 47,440 square feet to 21,154 square feet. From electrical wiring to plumbing fixtures and timber, the refurbishment reused existing building materials as much as possible.
A "smart" lighting system saves energy, and the heat recovery system is 45 percent more fuel-efficient. The new office has facilities for cardboard crushing, paper and oil disposal, and composting.