Our product stewardship aims include making smaller, lighter
products which contain fewer and less hazardous materials and
consume less energy.
Our business units are responsible for implementing product
stewardship measures and building elements such as energy, resource
efficiency and recyclability into product development processes.
Voluntary measures such as reducing product size and weight are
complemented by regulatory compliance such as with the
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of
Chemicals (REACH) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)
We aim to replace substances that will be phased out as a result
of the legislation with less-hazardous alternatives. There is a
risk that some suppliers may withdraw some substances from the
market if the cost of registration, evaluation and authorisation
makes them economically unattractive. We are monitoring this
situation through our industry body membership, and will source
alternatives where necessary.
We recognise eco-design is an increasing focus for our customers
and are reviewing our approach to product development to meet
expectations and we have introduced energy and emission reduction
measures at our manufacturing sites to minimise the impact of
For example our antennas design process emphasises avoidance of
drag either by migrating into existing airframe structures or
reducing external technology clusters. Design considerations
include minimising size, weight, drag and end of life disposal to
reduce GHG emissions.