Waystream´s Access switches are Climate Neutral
9. Aug 2022
Active equipment for FTTx networks
It is becoming more and more important that telecommunications operators have a solution that enables the construction of an energy-efficient infrastructure. During development, it is therefore necessary to be careful not to focus only on increasing the efficiency of telecommunications equipment, but to achieve better results while simultaneously reducing energy consumption.
Data has a carbon footprint. The growth of data traffic generated by digital services also results in the growth of energy consumption. Meanwhile, the whole world is working to fight climate change, so it is also necessary to curb emissions and achieve carbon neutrality in the field of telecommunications. The increase in carbon emissions caused by the explosive growth of data traffic will thus become an increasing problem. Operators will need to focus on energy efficiency. Choosing the right equipment is thus crucial in preserving the environment.
Waystream is also aware of the impact on the environment. The industry is characterized by high consumption of electricity, so it is important that their products take environmental aspects and electricity consumption into account.
Climate neutral Switches - How does it work?
Calculation of carbon dioxide emissions
Together with ClimatePartner www.climatepartner.com, Waystream registered the carbon dioxide emissions of all switches and created a Product Carbon Footprint (PCF). Emissions from raw materials, logistics, packaging, and waste management were calculated using the standard Cradle-to-Gate plus End-of-life method.
They avoid carbon dioxide emissions and reduce them as much as possible, even in their daily work. Waystream products are classified as electronics and, as such, are automatically included in the EU recycling system and have WEEE labels. This means that the recycling cost of each Waystream product has already been paid for when it leaves the warehouse.
They design key products in a way that they can be upgraded over time and consequently used for many years, even longer than usual in the IT industry. This contributes to an overall reduction in the resource burden on our planet. They also reduced the packaging size. This not only reduces the amount of waste, but also the impact of production and transport on the environment. Almost 80 percent of their production is done in Sweden, which greatly reduces the need for air transportation from the factory to the warehouse.
"Climate neutral" labels
Their products will be labeled "climate neutral" by a certified third-party. This makes the climate commitment visible to customers. The label is equipped with a unique tracking ID number that provides additional information and transparency regarding climate neutrality and the supported climate protection project.
"Sustainability has become one of the biggest and most important societal issues of our time, and we, both as individuals and companies, have a significant impact on future generations. That's why we, at Waystream, take pride and pleasure in being at the forefront of our industry when it comes to climate-compensating our production as part of our long-term goal of becoming completely climate-neutral. Our industry is growing rapidly due to high demand in society. Rapid technological development is taking place, so it is of the utmost importance that we consider environmental aspects and electricity consumption in our products," says Fredrik Lundberg CEO of Waystream.