Energy Efficiency Day: Shure Improving Global Facilities With Sustainable Upgrades
NILES, Ill., October 12, 2023 — In recognition of World Energy Efficiency Day, Shure is sharing its latest updates on how the Company has improved its own energy efficiency in some of its global facilities.
Through energy efficiency improvements, Shure’s Eppingen, Germany, office has reduced its energy use from January to May 2023 by more than 25,000 kilowatt hours over the same period last year. That is enough energy saved to power seven homes in Germany for an entire year, according to a German energy association.
Shure has already implemented ways to reduce energy on lower-occupancy days at the headquarters, such as reducing available elevator cars and office lighting as more employees are working from home on Fridays.
The Company’s offices in Asia are also implementing sustainability efforts, including battery recharging for Associates, renewable energy programs and recyclable carton exchanges with vendors.
Facilities in Mexico utilize skylights for illumination, along with photocells, to reduce energy use.
Achieving these improvements is part of the Company’s overall global initiatives to:
- Convert to automated lighting and more energy-efficient bubs
- Reduce or eliminate lighting during non-business hours
- Evaluate HVAC needs to be more efficient
- Empower Associates to be more mindful of overall energy use at the office
Other corporate sustainability initiatives include:
New products will be packaged using 75 percent recyclable and/or renewable materials in 2023.
Shure has joined the Sustainable Packaging Coalition as it improves product packaging to be more sustainable. With more than 1500 different packaging pieces for a variety of different products, this is a significant undertaking. Some of the highlights include:
- Replacing thermoform trays with more sustainable, recyclable alternatives such as molded pulp.
- Reducing overall plastic materials in packaging.
- Reducing the amount of literature that accompanies our products.
- Right-sizing packaging for greater efficiency and reduced CO2 footprint from shipping and storage.
By 2027, more than 100 million AA batteries will have been saved from landfills.
With previous technology, disposable batteries were used to power microphones and transmitter packs. And audio engineers would frequently replace batteries – even when those batteries still had power – to ensure an uninterrupted performance with fresh batteries.
However, new innovation from Shure has converted those products to rechargeable options, creating significantly less waste. In fact, for David’s Byrne’s “America Utopia” Broadway show, the monitor engineer estimated they saved about 21,000 AA batteries from being disposed of in landfills because they used Shure’s rechargeable system over the course of the run.
In the past five years, Shure estimates that it has already eliminated more than 20 million AA batteries from ending up in landfills.
Shure works with suppliers who take action on sustainability, including suppliers who use solar power and recycled water in their operations. The Company is also working to approve water-based paints in the finishing process, which is friendlier for the environment.
Shure products are also engineered to last – from a durability and adaptive technology standpoint – avoiding costly replacements and unnecessary disposal of electronics, even as technology evolves.
The Company has also engineered its products to help with overall power consumption, using less energy in “down” modes and allowing remote monitoring of power use with Wireless Workbench Software.
Shure supports a number of global and locally-based organizations dedicated to sustainability efforts and ecology.
In addition to those efforts, our Associates around the world have volunteered for environmental efforts in their communities.
A cross-functional Shure team regularly reviews international regulations, directives, and standards to ensure environmental compliance with regulations like RoHS, REACH, and WEEE. The nature of these regulations promotes sustainable electronics and electronics manufacturing.
For more information about Shure’s sustainability efforts, visit Shure’s Sustainability Site, which includes an overview on the Company’s approach to environmental responsibility through people, products, facilities, communities, and partners.