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Mike Garner

Managing Director at Garner Osborne Circuits Ltd

How we’re reducing environmental impact in PCB manufacture

Temperatures around the world are smashing all-time records. Glaciers are melting and sea levels are rising at their fastest rate in over 2000 years. It’s unlikely that we’ll be able to reverse this, but it’s up to us all to do our bit to protect the environment and be environmentally responsible in every way possible in the hope that we can stop further damaging our planet.

We’re committed to finding greener ways to reducing environmental impact in PCB manufacture for our customers.

It’s no mean feat, but we’re constantly re-evaluating the way we work to see if we can do things in ways that are kinder to the environment, reducing environmental impact in PCB manufacture.

We’ve got our sights set on achieving ISO 4001, the International Standard for improving environmental performance and reducing the impact we have on the environment. Working towards this will take some time though. In the meantime, there are plenty of ways that we are working on reducing our carbon footprint and preserving the planet for the next generation.

1. We’ve had solar panels fitted, reducing our CO2 footprint.
Solar panels are a sustainable way of harvesting energy from the sun’s rays. This energy reduces our dependency on oil and gas. This makes us less reliant on the burning of fossil fuels that emit CO2 and other gasses that are harmful to the environment for the energy that we need.

2. We recycle metal, fibreglass, and solid and liquid waste wherever we can.
These days much of the rubbish that we, as a nation, throw away goes to landfill. Not only can harmful chemicals deplete into the environment from landfill sites, much of this waste – if it composes at all, takes many hundreds of years to degrade.

During those many hundreds of years, it poses a threat to wildlife as well as sitting in landfill sites.

Also in most cases, recycling materials demands less energy than creating new materials from their raw components, so by recycling these materials, we reduce the pressure of demand for new materials being produced. This, in turn, reduces further fossil fuel usage elsewhere in the chain.

3. Our investments are vetted to ensure we only buy the latest technology.
Technology that is more precise, effective, and efficient.
As technology evolves it becomes faster and more efficient in both the energy and the materials that it uses in creating printed circuit boards. By ensuring that our investments not only enable us to improve the products that we offer our customers but to also reduce the impact we have on the environment, we really can feel good about upgrading.

4. We make keeping Garner Osborne green a collective responsibility

All of our staff are expected to play their part in keeping the environment clean. We ask our staff to take a personal interest in helping us to meet our green goals. Whether it’s keeping an eye on equipment to ensure it is working efficiently or switching off the lights and PCs at the end of the day.

5. We’re making short notice, small shipments for one off production runs obsolete

By making shipments worthwhile in terms of volume by stockpiling spares of more difficult to get components, we not only reduce lead times for our customers. We also reduce the carbon footprint of getting a particular component from one part of the world to another.

If everyone does their bit for the environment, we can slow down, if not reverse the impact that the human race is having on our planet.

Whilst Garner Osborne can’t do this alone, we’ll keep doing the very best we can. And if we can feel good about how we minimise the impact we have on our environment, we hope that our customers will feel good knowing they are working with a company that cares about the environment they live in too.
You can read more about how we working on our green credentials on our website.