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We are proud of our performance, knowing that constant improvement is required. We never stop searching for opportunities to becoming a better company still. Thus we integrate ethical, social and ecological aspects into our company policy. ARCTIC aims to embrace responsibility for our company's actions and encourage a positive impact through our activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities and stakeholders.
Our Green Spirit
At ARCTIC, we empower the "Spirit of innovation" - we build technology to improve and advance everyone's living quality. It is just natural for us to cherish what is more important than any product - our environment. Efficiency and Innovation are natural by-products of "thinking green". We save energy, minimize waste and thus reduce our carbon footprint.
Product-efficient Elements
Most of ARCTIC's product-innovation comes from our focus on increasing energy efficiency. We look for ways to ensure our products to do more while using less energy. As a specialist in computer cooling, ARCTIC believes it is critical that our products contain all of the significant elements and certifications regarding energy-efficiency.
80 PLUS Certification / ECO 80 / EUP
All ARCTIC's products achieve the '80 PLUS' efficiency requirement, where the power supply of each device will achieve at least 80% efficiency at all three specified loads (20%, 50% and 100% of maximum rated power). Besides that we fulfill the latest EUP standard regarding standby power consumption and thus minimize your electricity bill.
EU RoHS and REACH Directives
All our products worldwide fulfill the latest RoHS and REACH legislation, and do not contain any of the hazardous substances listed therein nor do we use them in the production process or equipment. This protects the factory workers as well as our environment.
WEEE Directives
Our product materials comply with the WEEE legislation. We cover all costs associated with collection, transportation, and recycling of our electronic equipment disposal in an environmental friendly manner.
Optimized packaging
Optimized packaging aims to reduce CO² emission in every possible way. Our team of designers creates the best-fit packaging that's slim, compact, light and protective. Compared to the industry standard our efforts allow us to lower packaging materials and volume by 40%. This does not just allow us to reduce 40% of packaging waste, but also decrease the transportation emissions and carbon footprint by a whopping 40%.
Recycling Program
Each year ARCTIC participates in a recycling program organised by "Der Grüne Punkt" - a leading provider of take-back systems in Germany. In the year 2011, we successfully saved 23 tons of CO2, a 35% increase compared to 17 tons in the year 2010. This amount is equivalent to the carbon sequestration by 930 tree seedlings for 10 years.
Employees
We forgo using company cars and for business trips we exclusively use public transportation. Through modern means of communication we lower business travel to an absolute minimum.
We're a Carbon Neutral Company
ARCTIC is a Carbon Neutral company since the year 2011. We reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the full amount of our carbon footprint by investing into renewable energy projects and recycling.
Year 2012 - Hydro Power and Wind Power
As a Swiss company, we are keen to share the Swiss culture of clean power generation by Hydropower. "Hydroelectric power accounts for about 56% of Switzerland's electricity production." ARCTIC is delighted to support a Hydropower energy generation project in South-West China. The hydro plants operate without dam and convert the force of water flowing through a penstock over a natural height difference into electrical energy. The emission reductions result from the replacement of other power generation methods in such as carbon intensive coal power. The achievement shows an annual CO2 reduction of 700,000 t CO2, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestration of 16,282,802 tree seedlings for 10 years.
The use of wind power for renewable energy is increasing at an annual rate of 20%. We are thrilled to make an involvement in another project located in the windy Northwest of Hebei province, Northern China. The project consists of 33 wind turbines, each with a power output of 1500 kW. The total power capacity of the windfarm is about 50 MW and the net supplied power to the grid is 115,000 MWh per year. The project contributes an annual reduction of 120,000 t CO2, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestration of 2,791,338 tree seedlings for 10 years.
Year 2011 - Landfill Gas Recovery Project
In year 2011, we engaged in a project captures methane emissions from a landfill and regenerate electricity in the region of Jiangsu Province in China. Methane is a greenhouse gas 25-times more powerful than CO2. As a result, the project contributed an annual reduction of 134,000 tons CO2, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestration of 3,116,994 tree seedlings for 10 years.
Making a difference to our environment
Overall, we are proud to contribute and be a part in these renewable energy projects, where ARCTIC promises to make a difference to everyone's life by taking responsibility for our environment. In addition to the environmental and climate benefits, the projects as well benefit the local area socio-economically by creating jobs, training and sensibilising people for environmental protection. At the same time it offers scholarship programs and mobile health units provide free examination and treatment to the local communities. Besides lowering the global greenhouse gas emissions, it significantly improves the local air, soil and water quality.
Community Initiates
In 2011, ARCTIC volunteered to support a non-profit organization. For that, we hosted a branding event in Hong Kong and raised funds for the charity 'Habitat for Humanity International'. The project helps rebuild homes for people in need around the world.