- Substance control
- Carbon footprint
- Energy efficiency
- Supply chain
- Social support
- Health and safety
Business travel is one of the largest contributors to Sony Mobile’s internal carbon footprint and it is an area that we are working to improve. Being a global company with offices all over the world, travel is sometimes needed for colleagues to meet and discuss issues that are not easily solved over the telephone. To lessen the environmental burden of our business we aim to increase Sony Mobile’s use of virtual meetings as an alternative to travel. In 2007, we invested in an advanced video conferencing system, accommodating several sites at once and allowing us to have face-to-face meetings without travel. The system is well used and is an excellent alternative to travelling.
When constructing Sony Mobile’s newest building in Lund, we took extra care to make sure that the building methods would be as environmentally friendly as possible. Here are some examples:
Materials were chosen taking environmental protection into consideration. This means that no PVC was used (applies to carpeting, roofing materials and sewer pipes) and all electrical wiring was halogen-free.
- The exterior plaster is ventilated to prevent moisture problems and was applied directly to a sheet of recycled glass.
- Some of the surface area facing outwards is double-glazed to prevent solar radiation from heating the interior space, which reduces the need for airconditioning.
- The building is cooled with forced air. This design allows cooling of the building using outdoor cool air during much of the year instead of running airconditioners.
- Motion detectors automatically turn off equipment when it’s not in use.
- Heavy emphasis was placed on reducing energy consumption including forced air cooling, efficient heat recycling and efficient lighting. Estimated energy consumption is well below the new, stricter legal requirements.
- A significant amount of material was transported by rail and ship instead of road.
- All construction debris has been recycled.