Siemon has been presented with the Green Award at the COMMS EXPO Network and Data Communications conference and exhibition awards ceremony at London’s Barbican.
Based on the results of a pan-European industry survey, this award recognises many years of trail-blazing by the company on the environmental front. Famous already for it’s green credentials and for the 3000 acre forest operated by the company’s board, Siemon was able to announce in February 2010 that it had achieved “zero landfill” status after an ISO 14001 driven internal audit reported that over 99 per cent of waste material at the Siemon headquarters and manufacturing campus was being recycled, reused or repurposed in an environmentally friendly way. This is mirrored at Siemon’s EMEA headquarters, where the waste is sorted by a specialist company to ensure the maximum amount is recycled and does not reach landfill.
In July 2010, the company was able to declare, based on US Environmental Protection Agency data, that its carbon reductions and offsets had led to the Siemon campus becoming not just carbon neutral but in fact some 330 percent carbon negative.
“We didn’t set out to be carbon negative,” Steve Foster, the company’s managing director for EMEA explained. “We just want to be as efficient and environmentally responsible as possible. Being carbon negative is the natural result of over 50 years of progressive environmental stewardship.
“Just about every enterprise, especially manufacturers, produces carbon, but our success at Siemon proves that there are economical and effective ways to offset the impact of those emissions,” he explained.
According to Foster, the company’s approach is twofold: firstly Siemon adheres to longstanding continual improvement policies that drive efficient manufacturing and business processes. Because a more efficient use of energy and materials is not only sound business practice, but also makes the company a more environmentally sustainable operation. Secondly, confident that carbon emissions were being reduced at the source, Siemon developed ways to make further cuts through better waste management, alternative fuels and offsets.
As Siemon continues to improve internal operations and processes, it is also working proactively with suppliers and partners to identify areas where mutual improvements to upstream and downstream impact can be made.
At the COMMS EXPO conference, Siemon’s global director of data centre solutions and services Carrie Higbie collected the award and presented a paper entitled “Data Centre Designs for a Green and Agile Environment” in which she interpreted what the latest standards really tell engineers and users; and how bad designs can negatively impact a data centre. Higbie went on to explain how to successfully design for optimal savings.
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Siemon’s announcement that it was 300 percent carbon negative by July 2010 was based on the following:
Siemon reached the carbon negative benchmark through an aggressive programme of environmental improvement initiatives, including the development of more energy-efficient and sustainable manufacturing processes, zero-landfill recycling, increased reliance on renewable energy sources such as solar power and carbon offsets based on extensive forestland conservation efforts. Siemon is the first and only network cabling manufacturer to achieve this notable green milestone.
The announcement was based on an extensive audit that identified Siemon’s 2009 US and Canada-based carbon emission sources and calculated their total carbon footprint utilising publicly available US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data. The scope of the study focused on facility-level emissions within organisational boundaries as specified by ISO 14064-1 and included electricity and fossil fuel usage-related CO2 output at Siemon’s US-based global headquarters and manufacturing facility as well as the effects of the facility’s waste management programmes. The audit also compiled fuel consumption for the company’s US and Canada auto fleet and air travel.
Siemon’s 2009 carbon reduction and sustainability programmes were also analysed using EPA data. According to the calculations, Branch Hill Farms, a 3000 acre tree farm established and operated by the Siemon Company board of directors, as well as 900 metric tons of waste recycled at Siemon in 2009 and the company’s clean solar energy system, further reduced yearly carbon output by a combined 16,330 metric tons.
Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specialising in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance copper and optical fibre network cabling solutions. With offices and partners throughout the world, Siemon offers a global service and has a reputation for delivering market leading performance with systems that maximise efficiency and return on investment.
Siemon’s products include the most comprehensive suite of copper available, in both unshielded and shielded twisted-pair, for category 5e, category 6 (Class E), category 6A (Class EA) and category 7/7A (Class F/FA) standards performance. The company’s optical fibre range includes both multimode and singlemode cabling systems. In addition to cabling systems, the company has developed specific and specialised products for network provision in both enterprise and hosted data centre environments, often partnering with other global industry leaders in delivery of complete solutions for these markets. With over 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company's long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.
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