Lexmark has announced its plan to be fully carbon neutral by 2035. The company has lowered emissions by 62 per cent globally since 2005 and is on track to meet a 40 per cent reduction target from 2015 levels by 2025
Reductions to date have been achieved by lowering energy and new plastics use, re-use of products, global recycling efforts, and engineering durable products that are built to last. In order to meet the 2035 neutrality goal, Lexmark will continue to pursue and invest in new programs.
Designed for durability
Part of reducing carbon emissions at Lexmark is ensuring devices are built for a long life and don’t need to be replaced or recycled in the first instance. Designed for durability, Lexmark devices are built to last for an above industry average of over seven years. 96 per cent of devices also meet the ENERGY STAR certification. When devices do reach end-of-life, Lexmark aims to re-use as much old material as possible. 39 per cent of plastic in new Lexmark devices and 37 per cent in new branded cartridges has been reclaimed, and the company plans to grow these numbers.
The company’s cartridge collection program has prevented 100 million cartridges processed in 30 years of operation from ending up in landfill. Post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR) from cartridges that cannot be reused is made into new cartridges and components within Lexmark’s printers and MFPs. Of Lexmark’s fleet of devices, 92 per cent of models contain PCR content, with over 80 per cent of those containing over 30 per cent PCR content.
Reducing environmental impact
President and CEO Allen Waugerman, said: “Lexmark has long been dedicated to reducing our environmental impact. We have led the way on sustainability in our business and for our customers, and we are determined to be carbon neutral by 2035. It is the responsible thing to do for the environment, and it is good for our customers – reducing their costs and helping them meet their own carbon neutrality goals through longer-lasting and lower-energy use devices.”
Chief Sustainability Officer John Gagel, added: “We’ve already made great progress as a business. We’ve been working globally for many years to continually reduce our carbon footprint, and the infrastructure we have in place around the world positions us to meet our 2035 carbon neutrality goal.”
Committed to a sustainable future
Great Shelford, near Cambridge-based Dardan Security, has shown its commitment to a sustainable future by creating its own patch of woodland.
The security services provider has joined forces with eco friendly business Make It Wild to annually offset 480 tonnes of CO2 through the planting of 131 trees at Dowgill Grange in Summerbridge, North Yorkshire.
Make It Wild, a family business based at Brompton, near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, has planted over 50,000 trees and aims to plant 10,000 a year.
All trees, ranging in size from smaller shrubs to large trees such as Oak and Beech – are photographed by drone so customers can see what they have paid for. Make It Wild typically plants between 20 to 30 different species of native, broadleaf trees to create new woodlands in their nature reserves and to maximise the resulting increase in biodiversity.
Andy Barnard, QSE Manager at Dardan Security, said: “The new Dardan Security Woodland offsets our carbon footprint and creates a lasting legacy – and that fits well with the fact that we’ve been protecting brands and reputations for over 40 years.”
In a further commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, the company has also declared that new additions to its fleet will be only electric or plug in hybrid, with staff also asked to complete a driver risk assessment course. All computer equipment and other electrical items are also being recycled.