Our Sustainability Initiatives 2020-06-29T15:01:59+00:00

Our Sustainability Initiatives

We are just getting started…

To kickstart our focus on sustainability, we are taking small steps that will contribute to big improvements for our carbon footprint. As we grow and develop our initiatives, we will keep adding them to this page.

Our Quality Manager, Kevin Osgood, has also collated some important comments about general environmental concerns as well as those specifically related to EC Electronics. Be sure to have a look at these and let us know your thoughts!

Our initiatives

Switching off

What will we be doing?

We will be ensuring that all of our computer monitors are turned off at night (not left on standby with the LED light on!). This may seem small, but our Quality Manager Kevin has recently calculated we would use 31 kg of CO2 per year if all of our team members left two monitors on standby overnight! So, the simple solution of turning them off at night will help us to reduce our CO2 output by minimising our contribution to electricity generation.

We love WEEE

What will we be doing?

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) provides regulations for the recycling of all electronic waste. As a business, we are legally bound to ensure that we comply with WEEE. However, this is not the case for individuals. So, we are encouraging all of our staff to utilise the free WEEE recycling facilities available at our head office to recycle any electronic items they no longer need – a quick and easy way to reduce excess landfill waste.

Love earth team

What will we be doing?

We are making sure that everyone at EC Electronics can have a part in helping us to improve and grow our sustainability initiative. So, we have created a working group (which everyone is welcome to join!) to discuss environmental concerns, as well as a dedicated email address that all employees can send ideas, thoughts and concerns to. By doing this, we will get a more in-depth view of the detailed changes we can make.

Our thoughts and considerations

By Kevin Osgood, Quality Manager at EC Electronics

Improvements in low energy lighting technology have had a major impact on the reduction of power consumption in our day-to-day lives. But has this encouraged overuse of these breakthroughs? Count how many LEDs there are on your car dashboard, door mirrors and locks. How many of those little shining blobs burn power endlessly in our homes on routers, TVs, cookers, phones, extension leads etc. Check out your local pub… cash registers, illuminated glass-doored fridges, mobile card readers, soda taps, optics all glowing away. Even the pump badges are radiating a soft glow. Should we rethink what is necessary and stop negating some of our energy savings by excessive use of LEDs?

LED overuse

The Trillion Trees project aims to protect and restore one trillion trees by 2050. A great and worthwhile project indeed. The fires in Brazil and Australia must have caused a few steps backwards on this though as estimates of 10 million acres of land burnt to the ground in New South Wales alone, wiping out 30% of the koala population. Add to this the potential destruction of ancient woodland by the HS2 project and we may need to think about a much higher number than a trillion trees. The counter must be reset only when the man-made and natural destruction has been balanced.


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If you have any questions about our sustainability initiatives or would like to learn more about how we are working towards becoming a sustainable international EMS provider, get in contact with one of our friendly team today!

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