In early 2005, the EU Commission announced its Energy Using Product Directive (EuP), which set limits on energy use in a product’s entire lifecycle. Compared with two EU directives before, WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), and RoHS (Restrictions on Hazardous Substances), EuP would bring wider impact on products produced and sold in Europe and the world in total.
As a major networking architecture vendor whose products and solutions are widely applied to over 90 countries including China, Japan and Europe, H3C is always committed to its green design mission since its establishment, and quickly responded to the new regulation by reinforcing green design from product design, procurement, manufacturing, transport, sale, use to disposal of the product.
H3C is as committed to addressing environmental concerns as it is the needs of its customers. To ensure its operations minimally impact the world in which it conducts its business, H3C has examined what changes could be made throughout the manufacturing process and established a “green” product supply chain. By creating and adhering to environmentally conscious criteria and guidelines throughout a product’s life cycle, H3C ensures that each step—including vendor certification, purchase of raw materials, manufacturing process controls, product delivery and end-of-life recycling—is as eco-friendly as possible.
1. Selection and Evaluation of Raw Material Suppliers
When selecting raw material suppliers, H3C evaluates and poses requirements regarding the environmental, occupational health and safety, and quality management systems of suppliers, and gives preference to those who meet or exceed standards set by H3C and who pass certification by third-party certifiers; H3C then evaluates each company’s operations during annual performance reviews. As a result, suppliers adopt environmentally conscious practices that support H3C’s ecological concerns and business strategies; H3C will not do business with companies that fail to meet these requirements.
2. Certification and Purchase of Raw Materials
Before purchasing raw materials, components or parts from any supplier, H3C will certify and evaluate all products in a number of ways, including but not limited to: requiring suppliers to provide technical specifications, performance parameters and documents detailing material composition; sample testing; technical test reports for materials; third-party testing of materials; and on-site inspection of a supplier’s facility. These steps ensure that raw materials meet H3C’s standards and requirements.
Additionally, H3C will test batches from each delivery to confirm that components meet H3C’s stringent quality control and material specification requirements; any parcel deemed unsuitable for H3C products will be rejected. This measure guarantees that suppliers will continuously provide materials that meet H3C’s needs to manufacture its state-of-the-art networking infrastructure equipment.
3. Manufacture Process Control
Prior to the actual manufacturing process, H3C calculates the use of water, electricity and other resources, and compares actual consumption against estimates, uncovering areas for improvement and helping H3C minimize waste, emissions and utilize its available resources more efficiently.
In addition to using the most environmentally friendly materials available, H3C also classifies waste created during the manufacturing process and has systems in place to deliver any waste to credentialed recyclers. Furthermore, by carefully planning and scheduling production for optimal workflow and use of resources, H3C maximizes output and the efficient use of its equipment, facilities and infrastructure.
As with its raw materials suppliers, H3C seeks “green” benefits from all its suppliers, with the aim of reducing its environmental impact at every step in the manufacturing process. The company has established strategic cooperative relationships with electronic component manufacturers and leverages their procedural and technological know-how to maximize the efficiency of its own operations and reduce waste.
Company standards specify the amount of toxic and hazardous materials any H3C product can contain. These guidelines are reviewed throughout the design, supply and production stages to ensure they are being followed and applied correctly. By employing industry-standard, third-party testing equipment to check the levels of harmful substances in its products, H3C ensures that its requirements are always exceeded.
In addition to its own in-house standards, H3C complies with the Europe’s Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS)Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive, and labels its products as such for easy identification.
4. Product Delivery
H3C uses recyclable materials in its product packaging whenever possible and avoids using excess materials that would add to a product’s weight and increase shipping-related CO2 emissions. The company’s commitment to the environment doesn’t end when a piece of equipment leaves the warehouse. H3C has partnered with international logistics companies to ensure the best routes for delivery and discover ways to maximize efficiencies, allowing the logistics companies to reduce fuel consumption and enabling H3C to pass these savings along to its customers.
5. Recycling Partnership Agreements
H3C enters into product recycling and environmental protection agreements with all strategic partners and channel sales partners; these specify the responsibilities of each party in every transaction—H3C is committed to eco-conscious business practices and will only conduct business with partners who uphold eco-conscious business practices.
6. Recycle and Reuse Guidelines
As H3C designs products, the company considers the entire life cycle, from manufacturing to end-of-life recycling, incorporating and promoting energy-saving and environmentally friendly concepts at every stage. Product labels list recyclable as well as hazardous materials, and provide guidelines concerning the location, disassembly and proper disposal method for each component.
H3C is committed to supporting environmental practices and ensuring ecological responsibility.