The current population of our planet is just over 7 billion. By 2030 it is expected to reach 9 billion. This puts a huge strain on finite natural resources, while carbon emissions must be controlled to mitigate climate change.

Leviton's UK manufacturing site (formerly Brand-Rex) is the world's first network infrastructure supplier to achieve carbon neutral status in accordance with PAS2060.

Becoming carbon neutral required the following steps:

  1. Generate a company carbon footprint to set our baseline
  2. Declare our reduction commitment: reduce C02e emissions by 20% by 2015
  3. Implement a strategy to reach our carbon reduction target
  4. Balance any remaining carbon emissions through offsetting
  5. Make a declaration of achievement

Unsurprisingly for a manufacturing company, electricity use accounted for the majority of our emissions. Heating fuel and product logistics also contributed significantly. Together these three areas made up 90% of our emissions, giving us a clear point of focus. In order to give us a relatable year-on-year figure to work against, our carbon footprint was divided by the number of cable metres produced in a year.

  • In the context of carbon emissions and carbon footprints, it usually refers to carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions, although the term carbon covers a range of greenhouse gases relative to CO2, such as Methane (CH4) and Nitrous Oxide (N2O). Each gas reacts differently with the atmosphere as it is released, some have a far more damaging effect than others.

    Carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas that is released when we burn carbon-based fuels, it is one of the most important gases as it traps the sun's heat and keeps the earth warm. Too much CO2 in the air leads to climate change and subsequently global warming. Other greenhouse gases, such as methane, also contribute to climate change

    Everyone produces carbon, from daily activities such as driving a car or boiling a kettle. We produce carbon from carrying out daily business, from using electricity during manufacture to employees working on PC's and commuting to and from work.