That’s why we’re always working to minimise our environmental impact, and have set out a series of environmental targets and commitments to reduce our own impact and improve the sustainability of our products.
These include halving our emissions relative to revenue by 2020, obtaining 20% of our energy from onsite renewables and committing to produce better, more sustainable products year on year.
So far we’ve made great progress against all of these. We’ve cut our emissions by 40%, having increased the efficiency of our buildings and constructed the most sustainable broadcasting facility in Europe, and now obtain 7% of our energy from renewables.
Looking at our products through a sustainable lens has allowed us to be innovative, cut costs, reduce our environmental impact and save our customers money.
Our designers use eco-decision trees to ensure they are always making the most environmentally-friendly design choices. They’ve reduced the amount of raw materials and packaging used to produce our products and improved their energy efficiency; the latest Sky+ HD box is 20% more efficient than the previous model.
The environmental impact of getting our products to our customers is also important to us. Our engineers are now driving vans with telematics installed as standard, and we’ve replaced 70% of the vans with more efficient, environmentally-friendly models.
Our team has developed the Sky product take back programme so, for example, when a customer upgrades a box or is no longer with us, they can send it back free of charge and we reuse or recycle 100% of it. Nothing goes to landfill. When a box breaks down, we place a great emphasis on refurbishment, significantly reducing both electronic waste and the manufacturing of new boxes.
All of these examples have reduced our environmental impact and have driven both innovation and business efficiencies that have either directly or indirectly saved our customers money. It goes to show that acting responsibly and being commercially successful are compatible.
In this short video, you’ll hear from teams spread right across the business, from our design teams to our logistics partner, UTL. All have a sustainability story to tell, each making their individual improvements at every stage of the product journey, from their conception to their end of life.