Responsibility for the Environment

In line with our environmental policy, we are committed to minimizing the environmental impact of the production, use and disposal of the products designed by us.

Responsibility for the Environment

Our business is mainly focused on product design, assembly by manufacturers, sales and marketing. These processes only account for a small share of the products´ life-cycle effects. The greatest environmental impact occurs during the last stage of the product´s life-cycle, i.e. recycling. Nonetheless, responsibility for the environment, fighting climate change and resource-efficient solutions are a key part of our operations and the development of our operations. By maximizing the service life and recyclability of our products, we can affect the total life-cycle effect of the product.

Environmental Liability Management and Environmental Programme

In line with our environmental policy, we are committed to minimizing the environmental impact of the production, use and disposal of the products designed by us. We apply the ISO 14001 standard to our environmental management programme and implement sustainable development in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard, for example, at the following levels:

  • Monitoring and complying with amendments to laws and regulations on environmental protection. This also covers to use of energy-efficient solutions in R&D (ecological design) and premises.
  • Minimizing the environmental impacts of the production, use and disposal of products. The development of instructions and practices related to ecological design supports these principles.
  • Encouraging suppliers and partners to implement environmental management programmes. Compliance with the principles that limit the use of hazardous substances supports these goals.

We regularly monitor the environmental requirements that govern our products as well as the local regulations derived from these. The requirements also extend to our major suppliers. We have applied the provisions of the ROHS directives (I, II and III), the REACH regulation (on hazardous substances) as well as the WEEE (recycling of waste electronic and electrical equipment) directive in our design since 2002. Our ETJ+ energy-efficiency system was certified to comply with the ISO 50001 standard in 2018 Although the use of halogens is not yet forbidden in electronics, we strive to provide halogen-free products in order to meet the growing demand in the field and minimize the environmental impact of our products. Bittium´s halogen-free statement conforms to the IEC´s (International Electrochemical Commission) definition of halogen-free materials (IEC 61249-2-21).

Achievements of 2018 Environmental Programme

Our objective for the 2018 environmental programme was to manage environmental information in our Oulu facility, the certification of our ETJ+ energy-efficiency system to the international ISO50001 energy-efficiency system, as well as the piloting of the product´s ECO design in two products.

We reached our environmental information goals we set for 2018.

  • Up to 12 percent of the electricity used by our facility in Oulu was received from solar energy.
  • We calculated our total carbon footprint for the first time.
  • Our energy-efficiency system was certified to comply with ISO 50001.
  • Our ECO design was also piloted, and the related viewpoints were added to our product development and project audit list.

Environmental Liability Indicators

We keep a constant eye on the level of environmental protection. The following figures were selected as the key environmental liability indicators.

 

In addition, we also keep an eye on the total carbon dioxide equivalent division within our group. 2,865 kg of CO2e in a year corresponds with approximately 27 percent of the annual carbon footprint of an average Finn (10,300 kg of CO2e/year) as stated by Sitra.

 

Significant Improvement Achieved at Oulu Office

The starting point of the design of the new premises opened in Oulu late in 2017 was to concentrate different functions in order to improve efficiency and achieve savings. In 2018, we achieved significant improvements in energy-efficiency. For example, replacing office equipment and optimizing our lighting system – such as LEDs controlled by motion detectors – enabled us to significantly reduce our energy consumption. What´s more, we centralized our product testing and development laboratories and IT servers.

We were very successful in utilizing solar energy on our Oulu premises, where up to 12 percent of the used electricity comes from solar energy. We also optimized the electricity transmission costs by utilizing 20 kV medium voltage supply.

In addition, the move to our new facility in Oulu made a massive difference to our total water consumption: our total consumption dropped by 11 percent from the previous year. The level of recycling also rose from 66 to 99 percent, which resulted from significantly reduced amount of burned waste in 2018.