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Radio Frequency components used in the Wi-Fi hotspot on the Fan Mile in Berlin

September saw the start of the pilot phase of a public gigabit Wi-Fi access point on the famous Fan Mile in Berlin, Germany. HUBER+SUHNER is providing Wi-Fi antennas and coaxial cables, thus playing its part in enabling users in the area to surf, chat and stream for free for 30 minutes.

The environmental performance indicators shown below were determined for all HUBER+SUHNER sites with significant production activities and therefore cover Switzerland, Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, Poland, Tunisia and the UK. Germany is also included as a country with substantially high net sales. Each site is considered as a unit, in which energy and material enter (input), and emissions and waste, as well as wastewater, leave (output). Only those flows of energy and material are considered, which are used in high amounts, which are suspected to have an important environmental impact, or which are scheduled to take measures. Land use and infrastructure (real estate, apparatus, vehicles etc.) are not considered, nor is the impact of use and disposal of products at customer level.

When determining the carbon footprint (CO2 equivalents) HUBER+SUHNER distinguishes between the greenhouse gas emissions that the company can directly influence (core balance = emissions of the sites plus emissions from energy production and disposal) and the emissions from the production of purchased materials and from external transport (complementary balance). The total greenhouse gas emissions (total balance) consist of the core and the complementary balance.

Environmental performance indicators

  2016 2015 20141 Δ% 16/15
Energy2 [GWh] 50.9 49.7 51.2 2
Water [1000 m3] 1,055 1,154 1,000 -9
Waste [t] 4,037 3,754 3,838 8
Recycling ratio [%] 80 79 81
CO2 equivalents [1000 t] (core balance) 19.3 18.3 19.23 6
CO2 equivalents [1000 t] (total balance) 68.8 63.5 66.83 8

1 India and the UK not yet included
2 Only electric energy; no heating demand for Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, and Tunesia
Figures do not yet contain calculated emissions of employees commuting in Switzerland