Our vision

Ensuring we limit any negative impact on the environment and protect the natural resources we rely on, creating long-term sustainability for the business.

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Our approach

We adopt technologies, materials and processes that ensure we minimise our impact on the environment and maximise our use of sustainable resources.

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Relevant SDGs

    

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Our efforts and environmental awareness continue to evolve, not only to comply with regulations but also to make our business better and more sustainable.

We have initiatives aimed at sustaining and protecting the environment. These cover energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions, water use and waste; and sustainable use of materials, packaging and waste disposal.

We also encourage a culture of environmentally sustainable behaviour at work and ensure that our employees understand how they can contribute.

Download our Environmental Policy

 

Energy resource managementplus

We had committed to the objective to be carbon neutral by 2050 but in reality we have started to implement a programme to implement this much faster. The aspiration is to work towards carbon neutral by 2025 and net zero by 2035.

We monitor and track our usage of electricity, gas and water across our manufacturing, warehouse and administrative sites and make efforts, where possible, to reduce our usage.

Many of our buildings have timer and motion sensors for lighting, and have or are working towards having full LED lighting coverage where this is not already the case.

Our Feltre, Italy, facility has new air compressors with an energy saving inverter system, and other buildings across the group have programmable thermostats to optimise heating and cooling.

Electricity at our Bury St Edmunds, UK, and Cartago, Costa Rica, facilities is supplied from renewable energy sources, while our two main sites in Italy have electricity contracts with Green Certificates. We are planning to implement solar panel systems in Bury St Edmunds and Costa Rica.

Our sites in Italy, Bury St Edmunds and Costa Rica are ISO 14001 (environmental management) compliant.

We are gradually converting all our vehicle fleets to electric vehicles. This includes transportation vans.

GHG emissionsplus

“We aim to reduce our direct (scope 1 and 2) carbon emissions by 25% by 20241.” - Vitec Group ESG Committee

Scope

2020 tonnes CO2e

2019 tonnes CO2e

1

833

1,328

2

2,072

2,677

Global total (excluding UK)

2,905

4,005

UK total

630

724

UK proportion of total

17.8%

18.1%

Total scope 1 + 2 intensity (Tonnes CO2e per £m of Group revenue)

10

10.64

We are starting to measure indirect emissions, for example we have identified those relating to business travel (flights) and will be reducing this year-on-year. We are planning to provide a measurement of scope 3 (supply chain) related emissions and clear reduction targets by the beginning of 2022.

We aspire to achieve net zero carbon by 2025 and absolute zero carbon by 2035.

Energy useplus

 

 

2020 kWh

2019 kWh

Global total (excluding UK)

10,860,347

15,432,224

UK total

2,900,826

3,109,797

UK proportion of total

21.1%

16.8%

See more on our environmental performance

 

 

Packaging and product sustainabilityplus

“Our goal is that 50% of the packaging cardboard used in Vitec products will be eliminated or replaced with sustainable FSC-grade material from sustainable forests or cardboard made from recycled material. We will refine this objective in the second half2.” - Vitec Group ESG Committee

Our products and services have a comparatively low impact on the environment. We use low hazard materials, minimise the use of resources during the manufacturing process and search for materials that are sustainable and can be recycled or re-used.

Our ambition over the next few years is to ensure that sustainable product life cycle principles are embedded across all of Vitec’s brands, covering product development through to retirement, such that the total environmental impact of our brands is measured and reduced. We have started to rollout Product Life Cycle management principles for two of our consumer facing brands (Lowepro, Gitzo), with further rollout planned for 2022 and beyond.

We have identified significant opportunities to reduce the amount of cardboard and plastic used in packaging our products, and have already converted much of the packaging to more sustainable variations, such as using cardboard made from recycled product. Specific reduction targets have been set by each Division, in particular, the cardboard used for product packaging currently exceeds 400 tonnes per annum, and we aim for 50% of this current consumption to be eliminated or replaced with sustainable FSC grade cardboard made from sustainable forests or from recycled material. Our targets for reducing plastic consumption in particular single use plastics will be also defined.

Our Imaging Division has made sustainability a pivotal part of future product development, which includes making extensive use of recycled packaging and textiles. To further embed sustainability into new product development we are incorporating a new sustainability product life cycle management system across the Group by 2025 and ensuring end of life strategies for all products by 2025.

Waste managementplus

“We aim to eliminate all Vitec waste going to landfill by 2025.” - Vitec Group ESG Committee

Managing manufacturing waste is a huge focus area and our three largest manufacturing sites (Bury St Edmunds, Feltre and Cartago) have achieved ISO environmental accreditation. Our key sites have achieved zero, or close to zero, waste to landfill.

Various initiatives around the Group are building on our work to reduce the amount of waste created in our operations.

We sort waste for recycling at our manufacturing sites in Italy, the UK, the US and Costa Rica. At our Production Solutions site in the US, Call2Recycle recycles batteries for the site as well as for existing Vitec customers. Tradebe in the US recycles electronic waste from the Shelton site. Waste metals at our Bury St Edmunds site are sorted and recycled with a return on revenue.

The Imaging Solutions Division launched the Safe & Green Project which aims to reduce plastic use. All employees were provided with reusable stainless steel water bottles, and disposable plastic coffee cups were replaced with tetra pack ones and all stirrers are now wooden. With this initiative the Division estimates that they will eliminate 1,500kg of plastic waste per year from their Italian sites alone.

The printers at our Italian facilities are automatically programmed to print in black and white and double-sided to reduce costs, waste and emissions. In our Creative Solutions Ra’anana office in Israel, colleagues aim to stop using disposable tools in order to reduce unnecessary waste.

1 - This is based on the estimated impact of existing initiatives, we will identify further reduction plans as we develop carbon reduction plans in H2.

2 - Based on provisional assessments.

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