Lucent Technologies’ wireless business unit, the Mobility Solutions Group, has successfully developed and implemented a product-based environmental management system (PBEMS), which utilises environmental and business processes to manage significant product aspects. Through the PBEMS, sustainability concepts are applied to the design and development of wireless hardware products worldwide. The PBEMS conforms to the ISO 14001 standard and is third-party-certified.
Sustainability principles have long been established within Lucent, but this is the first time they have been fully aligned with product development processes. The PBEMS is structured to facilitate integration of sustainability considerations into strategic business decisions, product evolution planning and product development.
Through this PBEMS, hardware design innovations are employed to meet more stringent legal and customer eco-environmental requirements while providing a competitive advantage over products without ‘green’ characteristics. Employees, customers and the world community can expect a consistent approach to the environmental management of wireless hardware products, wherever they are developed.