Environmental factors

Bittium's own business operations focus mostly on the design, assembly and marketing of products. This represents only a minor part of the environmental impacts over the entire life cycle of the products. Products manufactured by the Company have only minor general environmental impacts, since product manufacturing is not mass production.

Bittium has had ISO 14001 certified environment management system since 2001 concerning the current operations. Bittium is applying ISO 14001 standards for its business operations, the latest re-certification took place in 2013.

Bittium is monitoring globally the environmental requirements for products and derived national regulations to the extent that they are related to the group's operations. Bittium has also observed and applied the requirements of the ROHS (use of hazardous substances) and WEEE (recycling of electrical and electronic equipment) directives in design since 2002. Since 2009, the applied environmental standards and regulations in Bittium's operations have been consolidated as uniform Bittium substance list, applicable also to Bittium's significant suppliers. The substance list includes, in addition to the so called ROHS2 and REACH standards, the substance requirements applicable in different market areas against which identification of materials is made if needed. In addition materials declaration list observes certain customer specific requirements. During 2014, requirements were updated on a biannual basis and applied the proper environmental requirements to the products or solutions, in which Bittium has partial or total responsibility depending on the application scope. The imposed requirements will be observed in business operations on a country-specific basis.