Sustainability & Environment
NEC Australia's environmental credentials
We recognise and accept our responsibilities to reduce the environmental impact of our business activities. This includes striving to create a sustainable society – by implementing a sound environmental management system (EMS), which will help reduce the environmental impact of what we do on society as a whole, and by providing environmentally sound products and services.
Our EMS clearly sets out policies and procedures that help us to:
- maintain and continually improve our EMS, which complies with AS/NZS ISO14001
- ensure that everyone working for us has the required resources, competencies, information and authority to enable them to fulfil their environmental management roles
- comply with applicable environmental protection legal requirements, and with other requirements to which NEC is a signatory
- promote the concept of reduce, reuse and recycle throughout all our business activities, including procurement, manufacture, sales, distribution, recycling and end-of-life disposal
- establish short and long-term objectives and targets to prevent pollution and preserve the environment
- measure, monitor and evaluate our environmental performance against set objectives and targets, and implement necessary improvement measures.
We also have energy efficiency schemes to offset the increase in electricity costs, through electricity conservation, company-wide recycling and waste management schemes, and converting to more efficient equipment.
As a large data centre operator in Australia, we have long been committed to gaining the best energy efficiencies possible, and continue to look for ways to minimise our energy use. Our data centre in the Polaris facility in Queensland was expressly chosen because of its environmental rating and the deployment of the latest power management and cooling technology. As an industry leader, we expect to see this mirrored across the industry with greater focus on energy efficient data centres, as commercial and legislative pressures begin to align with environmental and societal pressures.
NEC Australia supports the government’s commitment to make Australia a low-carbon economy. This is consistent with our global vision to contribute to establishing a sustainable society. We already collaborate with the Federal Government in the research and development of intelligent transport systems and improved battery technology to assist with the transition to renewable energy.
Through sustainability awareness initiatives, there is already increasing demand for organisations to implement video conferencing, more efficient communications equipment and technologies, more robust communications connections and services to remote regions, and better collaboration tools.