We Manufacture Products that are Eco-Friendly and Minimize Waste
EPEAT is the leading global ecolabel for the IT sector. The EPEAT program provides independent verification of manufacturers’ claims and the EPEAT online Registry lists sustainable products from a broader range of manufacturers than any comparable ecolabel. National governments, including the United States, and thousands of private and public institutional purchasers around the world use EPEAT as part of their sustainable procurement decisions.
The Green Electronics Council (GEC) manages this flagship program, including ensuring the integrity of the EPEAT system. EPEAT is one example of how GEC supports institutional purchasers around the world, fostering a market for sustainable IT products to achieve our mission of a world of only sustainable IT.
PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY IMPROVEMENT
CIARA Technology applies global environmental management by striving for a green, recycling-based and low-carbon culture. We follow an amalgamation of environmental and business processes to preserve and protect the wellbeing of the environment, understanding that it is important to reduce our environmental impact in order for future generations to flourish.
CIARA Technology’s environmental management system is compliant and certified under the international standards ISO 14001:2015. It also uses and implements other international requirements such as ISO 31000:2018 – Risk management, and as best practices, the 300 Series Environmental (GRI 301: Materials GRI 302: Energy GRI 303: Water, GRI 305: Emissions) to collect, calculate and report relevant and reliable environmental information.
The information below was verified by the third-party, and it represents the current profile of the energy performance and improvement of CIARA Technology located at 9300 Trans Canada Highway in Montreal.
The total energy savings including natural gas and electrical consumption represent 3% in the last 3 years, and 9% in 2020.
|Total Consumption (kWh-eq)||64,6 M||57,9 M||51,9 M|
|Savings (kWh-eq)||65,5 M||56,9 M||56,6 M|
|Energy Savings or Improvement (%)||1%||-2%||9%|
LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT AND CARBON FOOTPRINT
Life Cycle Assessment of CIARA Devices
LCIA total results for each CIARA device, the Product Carbon Footprint amounts including inputs, total life cycle carbon footprint, and carbon footprint of the product’s life cycle stages are demonstrated as following:
Technical Information of CIARA’s Devices
CIARA, also shares the information related to the carbon footprint of each life cycle stage of its products. For example, below table contains the information related to Kronos 540:
Figure 1: Contribution of each life cycle stage to the GWP impacts – Kronos 540
Data Quality Assessment and Uncertainty Explanation for the LCA of CIARA’s Devices
In order to analyse the influence of certain processes and life cycle stages on the overall impacts and with the objective of refining the system boundary, sensitivity assessments are performed. The influence of certain parameters in the modeling is assessed by determining the difference between the results of the impact assessment for each parameter. Two parameters are considered in this process as following:
- The total mass of the components and materials: to analyse the influence of this parameter, the total life cycle impact results were compared to those considering a 30 % increase of the components and materials composing the device;
- The electricity used during the operation of the device: in this case, the influence of this parameter is determined by comparing the results considering an electricity consumption equivalent to twice the consumption modelled in the assessment.
Summary of results for absolute GHG emissions (annual tons of CO2e) and GHG emissions reduction goal are as following:
While the results are based on the Ecoinvent 3.7 database, the OpenLCA software, and a certain number of assumptions developed according to the best professional judgment, it must be noted that the use of different LCA softwares, LCI datasets and/or assumptions may lead to differences in carbon footprint and other LCIA results.
Corporate Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The chosen boundaries are scopes 1, 2 and 3, as follows:
- Scope 1: Direct GHG emissions from sources owned by CIARA. This accounts for on-site combustion of natural gas and emissions from the three vehicles CIARA owns and uses for its operations and customer services. The GHG emissions form the diesel generator has been included. CIARA does not own forklifts powered by fossil fuel and did not register any refrigerant leaks.
- Scope 2: Electricity indirect to GHG emissions are the emissions resulting from the purchase of electricity by CIARA. The source of these emissions is at the site from which the electricity is produced.
- Scope 3: Other indirect emissions are all emissions resulting from CIARA’s activities; they come from sources that are not owned or controlled by the company. Scope 3 consists of the emissions from the life cycle stages for the eleven devices considered in the life cycle assessment. Those stages are the manufacturing of raw materials and components, the transportation of those components to CIARA’s assembly site (CIARA’s device assembly site is not included in scopes 1 and 2; e.g., water consumption and packaging), transportation to the final user, waste management of device packaging, energy consumption for device use, transport to treatment facility and dismantling. Transportation of employees to and from work or for business travel, the purchase of office furniture and supplies, and garbage generation (coffee cups, newspaper, other) were not considered.
Corporate Carbon Footprint per Scope and Total Corporate Carbon Footprint (2020)