Christie continues to build upon its environmental initiatives
WORLD: In a bid to continually improve its environmental performance, Christie launched its EMS (Environmental Management System), based on ISO 14001 certification. In the decade since, the manufacturer has initiated or expanded on numerous environmental programmes, such as waste reduction, recycling, water and electricity reduction, facility and operational improvements, while experiencing a significant net reduction in CO2 output.
As part of the initiative, Christie and its parent company, Ushio, installed 2,190 solar panel modules onto its head office in Cypress, California. Producing, 833,000kWh per year, the panels reportedly reduce power consumption by up to 28 per cent and approximately 369,590kg of CO2 emissions.
‘We’ve introduced numerous programmes to reduce our carbon footprint,’ explained Christie’s chairman, president and CEO, Jack Kline. ‘I want Christie to set an example for other companies. These initiatives are an investment in the future and, what is unquestionable, is the ultimate impact on the environment.’
Meanwhile, at Christie’s manufacturing headquarters in Ontario, a 3252 sq-m warehouse has been converted into office space, and under the EMS initiative, was fitted with lighting which conserves energy by harvesting daylight. The facility also includes an HVAC automation system, providing better control over the heating and cooling units, and sound masking, as well as interior materials selected for their environmental friendliness. The manufacturer has noted a 60 per cent improvement in waste diversion at the facility over the last 10 years, with a 47 per cent decrease in natural gas consumption and 27 per cent less water being used.
Employee engagement has been described as key to the initiative, with staff commencing a project to reduce the volume of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) foam being thrown away as waste. Working with the supplier, Christie sends back the discarded foam to be processed back into its raw form, for reuse.
‘There is always a tendency to believe that the efforts of individuals are insignificant, but working together with everyone engaged creates a meaningful result,’ concluded Mr Kline. ‘When it comes to the environment, we only have one planet and it’s up to all of us to take care of it. Ten years ago, when we started our environmental management programme, we took this very seriously; we wanted all of our employees to be a part of it. To do so, we had to create a vision, and that was to constantly improve what we’re doing to preserve the environment.’