Press releases, 2021-05-11
Konftel Strengthens Climate Neutral Status In Industry First
In an era of agile working with huge demand for hardware, protecting the environment is just as important as connecting the world, for pioneering manufacturer Konftel.
Konftel was the first in the collaboration devices sector to earn official Climate Neutral status – which has now been secured for the second year in a row. This means all greenhouse gas emissions have been offset, across all aspects of the business, from manufacturing and product packaging to transportation. The company continues to cut impact at source too with a series of new initiatives announced.
“Environmental awareness is definitely becoming a bigger factor in the sales process and momentum will continue to grow,” says UK Sales Director Jeff May. “We all have to play our part as individuals and I’m proud to work for a company that puts it front and centre of everything it does.
“I think the situation continues to develop and clearly there’s much more work to be done by everyone. For a while a lot of public sector tenders and even private companies have had a green action plan. It’s growing all the time. We see this when opportunities come to us and people ask what is the impact of working with you compared to someone else regarding the environment. We are always delighted to inform them that thanks to our Climate Neutral certification there are zero net carbon emissions across our entire product range.
“Conferencing has always been renowned as a great way to cut travel etc and being climate neutral is even better.”
May continued: “Just look at the recent commitments announced by the UK Government. We’ve all got to play our part in our daily as well as working lives. Prince Charles says it will be his mantra going forward.
“Konftel is leading from the front and we expect others will follow. Some are talking about having a plan in place over the coming years but we are there already and have been for the last two years. When people invest in out technology they have the confidence to know there is a zero net impact on the planet.
“We are seeing and getting involved in more conversations about this crucial topic and it will definitely become ever more paramount in the buying processes of the future.”
By investing in worldwide carbon credits, forest conservation, renewable energy and carbon capture technologies all benefit. Forest conservation in Zimbabwe, water filtration in Cambodia and renewable energy in India are some of the many projects to be supported by Konftel so far.
Conferencing With A Clear Climate Conscience
Being a trendsetter is nothing new for Konftel, according to May who cites how the booming business was the very first to manufacture and sell a commercial conference phone more than 30 years ago.
As well as the investment in its carbon credit programme, Konftel will continue to reduce future business travel by staff, once the pandemic is over. It has replaced all plastic packaging for accessory cables with paper-based alternatives.
Furthermore new pledges include all company owned cars becoming electric by the end of 2021. Konftel will ‘climate-optimise’ packaging for all deliveries sent from its head office. This includes replacing plastic bubble wrap with recycled paper, minimising carton sizes, switching from plastic tape and using thermal labels that require less energy and generate less waste. In addition Konftel will explore options for improved energy efficiency at its biggest manufacturing sites.
May concluded: “When customers buy from us, they know they are buying from an organisation which has no carbon footprint whatsoever; zero net emissions. This is a huge statement of intent. The technology we produce works in harmony with our climate neutral philosophy. More conference calling means less car and rail journeys, fewer flights, less-full offices, reduced gas and electricity consumption. The two strategies operate together. By choosing Konftel they really can conference with a clear climate conscience.”
Konftel is a leading company within collaboration endpoint solutions. Since 1988, our mission has been to help people in businesses around the world to have meetings regardless of distance. We know that remote collaboration is an effective way to save time, money and contribute to a more sustainable world. We are Climate Neutral Certified, offering customers an option to purchase video conferencing equipment while keeping a clear climate conscience. Crystal clear audio and a sharp video image are essential for efficient meetings; this is why we only focus on cutting-edge technology in our Collaboration Solutions. Our audio technology OmniSound® is built into all Konftel Conference phones and devices. The products are sold globally under the Konftel brand and our headquarters are based in Sweden. Read more about the company and our products at konftel.com