Operational Sustainability – Making a Difference

Bill Kierl Bill Kierl August 26, 2020

2019-Sustainability-Report-Cover-PageThe Operational Sustainability program is part of CommScope’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CR&S) organization. The goal of Operational Sustainability is to deliver business value and benefit with effective operating principles to reduce the environmental impact of CommScope operations and facilities.

2019 was a year of consolidation, discovery and transformation for CommScope’s Sustainability strategy. We combined two substantial portfolios into a single integrated and unified portfolio for sustainability improvement and reporting purposes. Throughout this time, we continued to improve the environmental performance of our operations, including cutting 2019 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by nearly 3%, water withdrawal by 2.5%, and diverted 83% of non-hazardous waste from landfill.

CLICK TO TWEET:  How CommScope's Operational Sustainability program is reducing the environmental impact of its operations and facilities.

In 2020, we plan to further build on the great work we have started to deliver several critical Operational Sustainability goals. These include:

  • Reduce our 2019 energy consumption by 2% by the end of 2020.
  • Reduce our 2019 GHG emissions by 2% by the end of 2020.
  • Develop long-term GHG emissions reduction targets.
  • Identify opportunities to leverage the benefits of renewable energy across our operations.
  • Ensure beneficial reuse (BRE) of waste exceeds 90% by the end of 2020.
  • Ensure water use meets global water industrial consumption limits.

2020 Implementation Projects

As part of our new Sustainability strategy, we recently completed a Renewable Energy Feasibility Study. The study objective was to quantitatively and qualitatively analyze the CommScope facilities for renewable energy opportunities. This allows us to understand implementation feasibility of renewable energy projects and sites with the highest potential to meet CommScope’s future CR&S initiatives and Science Based Targets (SBT). As a next step, we will complete a cost-benefit analysis of each alternative renewable energy source on a site by site basis.  This process will define what is possible and drive the decision process for our long-term goals.

Improving CommScope’s operational sustainability performance relies on a great team built on innovation, passion and commitment, at CommScope we have these in abundance - the CR&S Operational Sustainability team partners with our Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), Continuous Improvement and facility teams to implement projects and programs to achieve our objectives. In mid-2020, the Continuous Improvement, EHS, CR&S and facility teams identified over 100 possible projects with potential cost and GHG emissions reduction opportunities. We look forward to following the process to select and implement these projects. We will provide a further update in our 2020 Sustainability Report.

Learn more about our achievements and specific conservation measures in CommScope’s 2019 Sustainability Report.  

We welcome feedback and participation, so please send us an email at sustainability@commscope.com.  

About the Author

Bill Kierl

Bill Kierl is the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Senior Manager at CommScope, a global leader in connectivity solutions for communication networks. Bill has over 36 years of experience in the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Sustainability and Environmental Remediation disciplines. Bill has a bachelor of science degree in geology from the University of Kansas.  Bill is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.