Adopting sustainable practices can have a significant impact

Here at TXO, we’re a company that acts in an environmentally conscious way in everything we do. In fact, the concepts of sustainability and the circular economy have been in our DNA from the start, both in the way we run our business and how we help our customers. Our team is committed to shaping a greener future. Below are some of the ways we’re making a positive impact.

Repair, refurbish, reuse

We’re proud of our circular economy heritage and remain committed to pioneering breakthroughs and new ways of doing business. Our business model rests on finding repair, refurbish and reuse opportunities for telecom hardware rather than it being simply discarded. Whether to mitigate risk, create new opportunities, reduce operating costs or improve brand reputation, we help companies address their sustainability goals and take control of their resources in a way that creates value and helps the environment. Here you can read more about TXO & the circular economy.

Recycling more than ever

Recycling telecom and data equipment is another core part of our business – waste is simply not an option for us! Whenever we’re involved in decommissioning network equipment, we screen individual parts for reuse. Any item that doesn’t pass our rigorous refurbishment process is broken down into different WEEE and non-WEEE recycling streams, and any hazardous material is removed. It means our fully audited and sustainable recycling programs are relied on by our customers globally to keep over 2,400 tonnes of waste material out of landfills each year. Recycling, including smelting, not only offers environmental advantages but also serves as a lucrative revenue source for our customers.

Sustainable packaging

By using eco-friendly materials like recyclable cardboard boxes and biodegradable foam inserts, we actively reduce waste and minimise our environmental footprint. We continuously strive to identify and implement sustainable solutions, while ensuring the integrity of our products. For example, our team is passionately working towards the complete removal of single-use plastics from our operations wherever possible.

Using less packaging

To protect the delicate nature of our products, it’s necessary for us to use a certain amount of ESD protective packaging and impact-absorbing materials to ensure that your orders arrive in the best possible condition. Even the smallest amount of static could damage the components. However, we’re always looking to reduce the amount of packaging we use, consolidating shipments whenever possible and removing plastic wherever we can.

Powered by green energy

Back in 2020, we made the switch to 100% renewable electricity, reducing our electrical carbon footprint to zero. It means that the electricity powering our UK operations comes from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro. All backed by Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin certificates (REGOs) and independently verified by EcoAct to guarantee that the energy provided is as ‘green’ as it claims. Fast forward to 2023, and in an exciting move towards reducing our carbon footprint, we installed 350 solar panels on the roof of our HQ in Chepstow, UK. 

Cutting the miles

Expanding our operations to strategic locations worldwide allows us to offer more sustainable services to our customers. For example, setting up operations in Sweden benefits our Nordic customers with faster shipping and lower haulage costs due to reduced distance. This not only improves sustainability but also significantly decreases CO2 emissions. Through a project with one of our Nordic customers, we demonstrated an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions on their shipments after implementing the Swedish operation. This approach is both cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

Driving sustainable change

Through our sustainability commitments for this year and beyond, we’re aiming to continue reducing energy use, packaging and waste while also helping our customers to run more environmentally friendly networks too. We’re constantly on the lookout for new opportunities to address sustainability issues and we won’t stop here.