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Eco-compatibility of Pirelli Broadband Solutions S.p.A. resource consumption and products

Pirelli Broadband Solutions specialises in offering products for broadband access. It is a window open on the future: it develops innovative solutions that enable new telecommunication services for the home and office.

PBS has made eco-sustainable development one of the principal requirements of its own roadmap.

The roadmaps of PBS products introduce two lines of action for environmental sustainability according to the following gradual plan of action.

  • Reduction of electric power consumption: this policy has a major impact on reduction of the carbon footprint of ICT technologies and consumer electronics. PBS uses European Union requirements and guidelines as its benchmark for limiting the power consumption of broadband network devices and applies design standards that aim to reduce consumption by the principal device and accessories, including the power adapter units. The principal regulatory benchmarks are comprised by:
    • Directive 2005/32/EC Energy using Products (EuP) and implementing regulations (1275/2008 and 278/2009);
    • Codes of Conduct ("Code of Conduct on Energy Efficiency of external power supplies", "Code of conduct on energy consumption of broadband equipment", "Code of conduct on energy efficiency of Digital TV service systems").

To realise this commitment, PBS has added the policy of modifying its products in compliance with the European Union EuP regulation to its own environmental improvement programme. Many of these products already comply with the stricter requirements envisaged for the second phase defined in the regulations, in view of further reducing product electric power consumption ahead of regulatory deadlines.

  • Use of eco-compatible materials: in line with its own sustainable approach, PBS is focused on the study of eco-compatible materials with a low environmental impact. It is consequently stepped up research on the introduction of plastics no longer made from petroleum but from biodegradable materials that naturally decompose within a reasonable amount of time, by transforming into carbon dioxide and water. Research has been conducted on the use of polylactic acid or polylactide (PLA), which is derived from renewable resources such as corn starch or sugar cane, in order to create materials that use it and satisfy the thermal and mechanical characteristics required for their use in these products (resistance to blows, humidity and temperature).

In the second half of 2009, PBS started offering its customers the option of housing products made of eco-compatible plastics.