Sustainability Report 2015


Case studies

Promoting sustainable products from design to disposal

London, UK

Over the past four years, ERM has been working with Sky TV, a UK-based pan-European satellite broadcasting, broadband and telephone company, with its ambition to make better, more sustainable products.

ERM has worked with Sky to improve environmental sustainability across the life cycle of its products, from initial product design through to the supply chain, manufacturing, product use and disposal. Sky captured many of these improvements in a three-minute video that serves as a key component of communications around its commitment to sustainability.

As part of our support, ERM conducted life cycle assessments of existing products and new product designs to understand and reduce environmental impacts, conducted workshops to embed sustainability in product design, developed interactive sustainable design toolkits to ensure key environmental considerations are addressed going forward and appraised the company's supply chain, packaging and materials choices.

Based on these initiatives, Sky has also launched a Product Environment Fact Sheet that showcases key environmental messages about Sky's set top box – one of the first products ERM assessed. The Fact Sheet enables Sky both to be transparent and to celebrate significant achievements in reducing the environmental impact of its products.

Product sustainability is a rapidly evolving field requiring an integrated and cross-departmental approach. Fiona Ball, Head of Responsible Business at Sky, said, "From educating our designers on sustainable product design to identifying environmental improvements by conducting life cycle assessments, ERM has been instrumental to Sky achieving our target to improve the sustainability of our products year on year."