Sustainable Development Principles
The general guideline for us in all operations is to minimise the carbon footprint of our operation and to follow the certified Genelec Quality and Environmental Policy.
Our sustainable development policy is following the priorities stated below, starting with the most desirable option:
- Prevent / minimise the creation of waste and use of energy
- Re-use waste for its original purpose whenever possible
- Recycle waste for other purposes
- Use waste for secondary purposes, for example energy production
- As a last resort – produce non-recyclable waste
The first priority translates to long product life cycle, reliability and low power consumption, which have been important since the beginning of the company. The requirements resulting from environmental issues are considered equal to other business goals on the management level, and the whole company supports sustainable development.
Environmental issues are part of the product specifications for R&D work and design reviews confirm that the set requirements are met. The process starts by defining the requirements from customers and regulations from the European Union and the Finnish government. In practice this means we consider the overall environmental effects of each product. We have processes for the evaluation of materials including product packaging, for environmental issues during manufacturing and also for after-sales issues such as energy consumption during use, servicing and final recycling.
All Genelec active loudspeakers have a dedicated power amplifier for each driver, and the power amplification is optimised for each driver unit individually, resulting in a balanced design with no wasted amplifier power. In Genelec’s designs the dedicated amplifiers, power supply, crossover filter electronics, protection circuits and drivers are all integrated inside the loudspeaker enclosure, saving both energy and material.