Product design to improve environmental performance

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) legislation.


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 production.


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.


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