Report by the Board of Directors

Environmental Factors

Bittium´s business operations focus mostly on the design, assembly provided by the manufacturing partners,  sales  and marketing of products. This represents only a minor part of the environmental impacts over the entire life cycle of the products. Products manufactured by the Company have only minor general environmental impacts.

Bittium Corporation renewed its global environmental management system certification according to ISO 14001:2015 standard in June 2016. The Company is monitoring globally the environmental requirements for products and derived national regulations to the extent that they are related to the company operations. Bittium has also observed and applied the requirements of the ROHS (use of hazardous substances) and WEEE (recycling of electrical and electronic equipment) directives in design since 2002.

The applied environmental standards and regulations in Company operations have been consolidated as uniform Bittium substance list, applicable also to Bittium´s significant suppliers. The biannually updated substance list includes, in addition to the compliance of ROHS and REACH directives, the substance requirements applicable in different market areas against which identification of materials is made if needed. Further, materials declaration list observes certain customer-specific requirements. The Company has further updated the requirements mainly on a biannual basis and applied the proper environmental requirements to the products or solutions, in which Bittium has partial or total responsibility depending on the application scope. The imposed requirements will be observed in business operations on a country-specific basis.      

During 2017 Bittium has further developed its certified EES+ energy efficiency system to cover also ISO 50001 energy efficiency standard requirements. During the first half of 2018 the Company aims to update its energy efficiency system certification according to the ISO 50001 standard. Bittium has also official energy efficiency review responsible persons in its service authorized by the Finnish Energy Office.

Bittium has further developed the Company´s environmental reporting, based on which the 2017 environmental objectives have been followed. The Company has observed the sustainability reporting requirements and published the environmental information as part of its sustainability report. 

Bittium has developed its energy efficiency in its new Oulu facilities, which is mainly fulfilling the requirements of the Leed Gold level. As an example of the energy efficiency actions was that solar cells have been installed and taken into use and therefore it is expected to improve significantly electricity efficiency with help of solar energy. The results are expected to be visible in 2018.