Landis+Gyr helps people, organizations and communities around the globe to ‘manage energy better’. This mission means that the company must serve as a role model in terms of managing its own environmental footprint.
Of course, Landis+Gyr’s greatest contribution to the reduction of GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions is its smart and energy-efficiency-improving products and solutions. But in addition, the company is continuing to work hard on reducing the environmental footprint of its own operations. The Landis+Gyr Sustainability Report reveals that the company undertook major efforts to reduce water withdrawals and consumption, has implemented measures to reduce and prevent waste through design and in-process modifications such as the re-use of materials and recycling and – last but not least – has significantly decreased the use of chemicals.
Fresh water is one of the most valuable resources on the planet, being essential and necessary for life. Therefore, resource efficiency and conservation of water deserve our utmost attention. That is why Landis+Gyr continues its efforts to expand its capacity for collecting rain water as well as for recycling and reusing water. These efforts have proven to be effective. Since 2011, the overall consumption of water has decreased by approximately 30%, whilst the employee base has grown from 5,200 to almost 6,000 over the same period.
Waste but not wasted
Waste treatment is an important component of responsible resource management. As a manufacturer and part of the supply chain, Landis+Gyr constantly reviews its waste management processes in order to identify and implement opportunities for improvement in waste reduction, reuse and recycling. In 2016/17 the total volume of produced waste decreased by 1.9% to 3,874 metric tons compared to the previous year. A significant reduction was seen in landfill waste generation, where volumes were reduced by a total of 26.6%.
Landis+Gyr not only takes responsibility for its own waste, but also cares about what happens to its products when they come to the end of their life cycle. Landis+Gyr EMEA is committed to following the European RoHS directive published by the European Union on 1 July 2011. Its objective is to substitute the use of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and hexavalent chromium and replace flame retardants with safer alternatives. In addition, the Landis+Gyr Product Environmental Compliance confirms, among other things, that design considerations have been made to maximize the level of recycling that can be achieved.
Chemicals: boon and bane
Chemicals are an essential component of our daily lives, but some of them can severely damage our health or the environment.
Therefore, it is one of Landis+Gyr’s priorities to minimize the use of chemicals in the entire value chain of the group’s products and services. The company promotes chemical management projects to phase out the use of chemicals defined as hazardous and to minimize corresponding emissions. The results prove speak for themselves: in 2016/17, the total use of chemicals decreased by 11.6%, and over the last five years, Landis+Gyr succeeded in cutting its use of chemicals by almost half.
Decrease in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) despite higher production volumes
Landis+Gyr, a pioneer in the energy industry, started to record its carbon footprint in 2007, and since then the company has decreased its total carbon emissions by 21.8%.
Over the last decade, carbon emissions per unit of production have been more than halved from 2.3 kg per product in 2007 to 1.1 kg in 2016/17. Similarly, average emissions per employee have decreased by 35% to 4.2 metric tons in 2016/17.
Appreciated by the customers
Among other things, all the measures implemented for sustainability and corporate social responsibility enabled Landis+Gyr to fulfill the criteria of the Fair Meter Initiative, originated by a Dutch utility consortium led by Alliander and Stedin. As a major vendor in the Dutch smart metering project, delivering more than 1.5 million meters, Landis+Gyr is committed to further developing its processes and products, following the principles of the Fair Meter Initiative. The initiative focuses on eight areas, namely energy and emissions, circularity, fair materials (conflict materials), international labor standards, transparency, energy use of meters, scarcity of resources and raw materials, and software and data privacy. The Fair Meter Initiative is Landis+Gyr’s answer to the importance attached to smart meters in European climate change policy.