Siemon says its U.S. and Canada operations have achieved “carbon negativity.” The company says it has achieved a carbon reduction that is more than 3.3 times larger than the company’s actual carbon output, based on an audit using data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, reports TMCNET’s 4G Wireless Evolution. The audit calculates the company’s U.S. and Canada carbon footprint at negative 11,450 metric tons.
Siemon, an IT network cabling manufacturer, achieved a negative carbon footprint by implementing several environmental improvement initiatives, including the development of more energy-efficient and sustainable manufacturing processes, zero-landfill recycling, increased use of renewable energy sources such as solar power and carbon offsets based on forestland conservation efforts. Siemon claims to be the first and only network cabling manufacturer to achieve this ‘green’ milestone.
The audit focused on facility-level emissions as specified by ISO 14064-1 and included electricity and fossil fuel use-related CO2 output at Siemon’s Watertown, Conn. based global headquarters and U.S. manufacturing facility as well as the impact of the facility’s waste management programs. The audit also compiled fuel consumption for the company’s U.S. and Canada auto fleet and air travel.
According to the calculations, Branch Hill Farms, a 3,000-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 company’s clean solar energy system further reduced yearly carbon output by 16,330 metric tons.
The installation of a solar system at Siemon earlier this year also reduced the company’s carbon footprint by about 373,000 pounds of CO2, or about 186 tons.