Computer and gaming peripheral company Logitech today announced plans to limit its carbon footprint and to be powered fully by renewable electricity within a decade.
The company, which is best known for its brands of mice and keyboards, pledged its support for the United Nations 1.5 degrees Centigrade business initiative, through which organizations declare plans to limit their environmental impact or attain carbon neutrality within a set schedule. Other companies to have joined the pledge include Hewlett-Packard, Levi Strauss, and Vodafone. These initiatives line up with the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals announced as part of the Paris Agreement of 2015.
Logitech said that the biggest difference can be made early in a product’s design stage. “Logitech’s teams across all business groups are integrating environmental impact assessments into new product designs, alongside cost, customer experience, manufacturing, and technical innovation,” read a statement.
Logitech says it’s on course to hit the 2030 carbon neutrality target early, with some of its offices and manufacturing plants in Ireland, China, and Switzerland mainly using renewable energy. The “materials, design, manufacturing, and shipment” of product lines including Logitech G and Astro Gaming “have been reduced to net-zero emissions,” according to the company. It has converted to “sustainable packaging” in its Logitech G and MX Master 3 lines and has begun to introduce recycled plastic into its mice, keyboards, webcams, and other products.
“We recognize that Logitech’s growth does not come without an environmental impact,” said Logitech president and CEO Bracken Darrell. “And, while we have made progress, we have only just begun our efforts in designing for sustainability.”