How Avaya is Saving 1.5 Million Plastic Bags and Cutting Carbon Emissions

Reduce, reuse, recycle — that’s how Avaya will save 1.5 million plastic bags this year alone. In December 2014, Avaya began reusing plastic bags that were originally used to ship plastic kits to its factories, eliminating packaging redundancies. The change is just one of many recent efforts aimed at increasing efficiency, decreasing packaging and shipping and reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

Another key change revolves around product design.

Avaya changed some of the telephone sets’ foot-stand designs from a U-shape to a T-shape, reducing required materials. The streamlined design also allows the products to be shipped in smaller boxes, enabling more phones to be shipped per pallet.

Also in the works is a new, multi-pack system being implemented in August that will allow for more products to be shipped per pallet. The change will reduce the amount of shipments necessary, thereby reducing carbon emissions.

“These types of projects show the power of cross-functional teamwork,” said George Baker, senior manager, Operations Lifecycle Management. “So many people worked together from across the business to make these changes happen, and the results are impressive. We’re saving the company money and helping the planet–it’s a win-win.”

Overall, the changes will have Avaya seeing green—the company will lessen its environmental impact and save more than $1.35 million annually.

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For Avaya Stadium, It’s Easy Being Green!

Walk into Avaya Stadium, and you’ll be seeing green … and not just on the soccer field! Avaya Stadium, the first cloud-enabled venue in Major League Soccer, is also an innovator in sustainability. The cloud computing provided by Avaya is more energy-efficient than an on-premise data center. In fact, moving to the cloud has been shown to reduce energy demand by as much as 90 percent, according to our Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

The Stadium itself is a brownfield redevelopment with plenty of eco-friendly features. An 882-solar panel array sits atop the carport. With a peak capacity of 220kW, the system will generate enough power annually to offset all regular season gameday usage!

Around 90 percent of the steel used for the superstructure of the Stadium was recycled, and more than 3,500 lineal feet of wood was reclaimed from the nearby Moffett Field’s Hangar One, which saved dozens of trees in construction.

Also in the works is an onsite, edible garden. The garden, which will be presented in partnership with the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County, will grow vegetables to be used by the stadium’s concessions provider. With initiatives like these, there’s no doubt that Avaya Stadium will leave the planet on the winning side of every game.

Avaya’s Sustainability Score Increases to 83/100

Avaya received a score of 83 out of a possible 100 points from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a global sustainability initiative important to Avaya customers such as AT&T, BT and Swisscom. The average score of the 3,400 companies that responded to the CDP survey was 53 points. Scores were based off disclosure and carbon reductions.

Avaya’s high CDP score is just another win in a slew of sustainability achievements for the company.

Since 2011, Avaya’s CDP score has steadily increased while its carbon footprint has continued to decrease. Earlier this year, Avaya announced a 25 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from its 2010 baseline, exceeding its original goal to reduce emissions 15 percent by 2015 two years ahead of schedule.

The company’s carbon footprint reductions can be attributed to real estate consolidation, greater utilization of office space and the adoption of Scopia® technology, which has led to a 46 percent reduction in business travel emissions since 2011.

Looking ahead, Avaya plans to reduce emissions even further by focusing on the supply chain and shipping products via ground and ocean rather than air.

“Avaya employees should be proud of its latest CDP score,” said Sara Broadbent, director, corporate responsibility. “Our customers care about the impact our business and products have on the environment, and our CDP score is a testimony to our commitment and how our technology is part of the climate change solution.”

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.”

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**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.