From Flight to Steamship, Avaya Cuts Carbon and Costs

You’ve probably heard about Avaya’s success in going green, but it’s not all talk. Over the past five years, the company has consistently looked for ways to reduce its carbon footprint, cut costs and minimize waste. One way Avaya’s done just that? Moving shipments from air to sea!

Now, 83 percent of Avaya’s freight is shipped via ocean, versus just 20 percent in 2010. This shift has helped the company cut scope 3** carbon emissions in half.

Although shipping via ocean requires extra planning, larger inventory and more time, it’s both the most environmentally-friendly and most cost-effective solution, said Lance Casler, senior manager, Global Transportation.

The cost to transport a telephone by air is around 10x that to transport it by ocean, he reported. The greenhouse gas emissions per one-ton mile by airplane is 47x that of a freight ship.

Avaya moves around 10 million kilograms (roughly equivalent to 2,000 elephants’ worth) of freight annually from suppliers to regional warehouses, with more than 95 percent of its volume shipping from suppliers out of Southeast China. And so, Casler explained, the shift to ocean transport has a major effect: Avaya’s reduced scope 3** carbon emissions by an average of 4,000 metric tons per month!

“We hope changes like this serve as inspiration to our employees, customers and partners,” said Sara Broadbent, director, Corporate Responsibility and EHS. “Lance and the rest of the MLP team have done a tremendous job. The challenge to all of us is to continue the momentum and keep reducing our carbon footprint, costs and waste.”

The company has cut scope 3** carbon emissions in half since 2010. Share the good news.

**Scope 3 emissions are indirect emissions that are consequences of the activities of a company but occur from sources not owned or controlled by the company.