Reducing Embodied Carbon – At Our Plant, Through Our Processes, In Our Products
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Our cabling products are manufactured sustainably and have been specifically designed to minimize environmental impact. As a result, they contribute to creating sustainable intelligent buildings and to helping projects earn the leading, green building certifications including LEED, WELL and Living Building Challenge – all with what’s behind your walls.
Imagine a world where some products are not just “less bad” than others but are created to support a positive overall impact on human and environmental health. This is the world that Superior Essex is working towards.
Back in 2015, we became the first communications cable manufacturer to provide transparency documentation surrounding our products’ environmental and human health impacts. Through our Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs), we set the industry precedent for sustainable Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing products. Currently, 55 of our cables proudly feature HPDs and EPDs, and our Cat 6 LSHF cable was one of the first products in our market to achieve a third-party verified HPD, thereby proving our commitment to product integrity and sustainability assurance.
However, we also recognized even then that transparency alone is not the end to creating sustainable products solutions, but rather, just the beginning. And we have been working diligently to optimize our products to reduce their overall impacts ever since.
In 2018, after numerous years of working with our suppliers to obtain specific information on the chemical components that go into creating our products, we became the first and only communications cable manufacturer with certified Red List Free products through our Living Product Challenge and Declare certified initiatives. This means our sustainable cables contain none of the 800 chemicals classed as most harmful to people and the environment by the International Living Future Institute. Then, in 2019, we joined the Materials Carbon Action Network to support education and action surrounding lower Embodied Carbon materials.
Throughout all of this, we continued to imagine a world where all buildings are made of fully transparent and optimized Living Products. For this reason, Superior Essex became a proud member of the Living Product 50 initiative’s Leadership Circle, and we have continued to lead many of the industry-wide conversations concerning sustainable manufacturing in an effort to close the transparency loop and to further optimize our world’s sustainability efforts.