Green IT and so much more
IGEL not only develops extremely energy-saving, eco-friendly desktops. A wide range of different measures and activities aimed at minimizing the company’s ecological footprint have been implemented for years at its site and headquarters in Bremen.
Here is a selection:
04/2016The environmental management standard ISO 14001 was updated at the end of 2015. One main change from that is a greater focus on the product lifecycle and related business processes. IGEL will adopt this approach, and its sites in Augsburg, Bremen and Reading will be switched over to the new standard this year.
01/2016CO2 emissions were able to be cut by 6% at the Bremen location in 2015 compared to 2014. That means we’re on the right track to become climate-neutral in 2020.
12/2015 – Energy audit successfully concludedIn cooperation with EWE, we successfully held our first energy audit in accordance with EDL-G (Act on Energy Services and Other Energy Efficiency Measures) at our sites in Augsburg and Bremen. One measure derived from it is to replace the ceiling lights in the offices by LED panels as and when required.
07/2015 – IGEL in Bremen to be climate-neutral by 2020By 2020, IGEL hopes to make its main site in Bremen climate-neutral. This will apply to everything from the building to the fleet of vehicles and will be achieved with significant involvement on the part of all employees.
06/2015 – New lighting in the assembly hallThe entire assembly hall will be converted completely to energy-saving LED lighting.
04/2015 – LED lightingConversion of the lighting in the Bremen warehouse to energy-efficient LEDs. The power of the high bay luminaires is reduced from 400 to 142 watts.
12/2014 – Supplier assessmentFollowing an extensive analysis of the supplier database, IGEL sends out initial questionnaires on climate protection. The measure’s objective is to make the supply chain even more transparent and integrate the issue of fair procurement of electronic equipment actively in the company’s processes.
11/2014 – Analysis of the Climate Protection Day of ActionA 60-day comparison (before/after) reveals that a total of 12% less electricity was consumed.
09/2014 – Analysis of the carbon footprintThe results of the Carbon Footprint project are presented: The Bremen site surprisingly contributes little to the greenhouse effect – if the entire chain from manufacture, use to disposal of the products is looked at.
09/2014 – Climate Protection Day of ActionFirst Climate Protection Day of Action at IGEL: Employees are provided with advice by a climate protection agency as part of tours of the offices and direct discussions with employees at their workplace. To accompany that, an info point is set up to offer advice on measures to improve energy efficiency at home.
07/2014 – Logo for environmental projectsIGEL creates a logo that will represent all IGEL environmental projects in future as an umbrella brand. That also enables a visual connection to be made between individual measures.
05/2014 – Rail transport from AsiaIGEL asked its Asian suppliers to send components by rail to Germany as part of a trial. The Eurasian Land Bridge between Europe and China has been running since 2011 and enables CO2 to be slashed compared with air transport; the cargo also reaches Germany far faster than by sea. Rail transport is thus an eco-friendly alternative.
05/2014 – Carbon footprintIGEL signs an agreement on creation/calculation of a company carbon footprint. Apart from the company building, the assessment covers transportation and distribution logistics, as well as business travel and the vehicle fleet.
01/2014 – Natural-gas Car projectNatural-gas cars not only boast economic advantages, but also benefits for climate protection: they are 26% better than comparable diesel-powered vehicles in terms of CO2 equivalent. That is why IGEL decides to include two natural-gas cars in its fleet; more follow.
11/2013 – green transformationgreen transformation is a pilot project in the German government’s National Climate Protection Initiative. It supports a new generation of managers and companies in tackling the challenges of climate change. IGEL Technology GmbH Bremen, Atlantic Hotel Sail City in Bremerhaven and BÜFA Reinigungssysteme GmbH & Co. KG in Oldenburg were part of the project up to March 2015. The model companies implemented a plan of action they designed themselves with the advice and support of the climate protection agency energiekonsens. A blog on the green transformation homepage reported on the progress. The objective of this project was not only to put various climate protection measures into action, but also integrate employees in the transformation process. Entrenching environmentally-friendly thinking and action in the everyday work of the member companies thus gave them an opportunity to contribute and strengthen their own skills.
06/2013 – Bulk boxesIntroduction of bulk boxes for large purchase volumes so as to reduce individual packaging.
06/2012 – Climate-neutral shippingIGEL appoints the climate-neutral transportation service from DHL as its standard consignor for Germany.
06/2012 – CO2 avoidance at IGELLichtBlick supplies electricity to IGEL as of January 1, 2011. The electrical energy fed into the power network and supplied by LichtBlick does not come from nuclear power plants nor from coal-, gas- or oil-fired power stations, but solely from renewable energy sources.
11/2011 – Member of the “Environment and Business Partnership”IGEL is a member of the “Environment and Business Partnership.” This environmental partnership is a network of business enterprises in the state of Bremen and public agencies based on a voluntary agreement between all the parties involved. The agreement comprises, on the basis of a quality of cooperation founded on a spirit of partnership, acknowledgment of the common basic principles of the parties’ actions in relation to sustainable development and general climate protection goals, as well as the pledge to ensure a responsible and prudent approach to the environment and ecological challenges.
The partnership is supported by the Senator for Construction, the Environment and Transport and currently comprises 125 companies (including Kellogg’s, Airbus, Kraft Foods and Siemens).
05/2010 – Container optimization projectThe individual packaging sizes are reduced in order to increase the number of devices transported per container and cut the number of necessary shipments.
09/2009 – Company building in BremenIGEL’s company building at headquarters in Bremen was constructed in accordance with the relevant energy-saving regulations and is supplied with green electricity.
05/2007 – Conversion to downloading of manualsInstead of coming with CD-ROMs, IGEL thin clients are only accompanied by a notice telling users where they can download manuals and software from the company’s website.
02/2006 – New boxesSwitch from chlorine-bleached, white boxes printed in several colors to brown boxes printed in black only.
08/2005 – Introduction of recycled paperAll calling cards and all business paper are converted to recycled paper.