The Neopost Group was founded in Europe, a continent where environmental regulations are particularly demanding for manufacturers. In the early 2000s we started planning for eco-friendly products and processes and in 2004 we set up our first Steering Committee dedicated to sustainable development.
We have ISO 14001 environmental management system certification and OHSAS 18001 health and safety at work management system certification. Our commitment to corporate social responsibility is deployed at Group level via our Ecodesign @neopost project.
Remanufacturing to Reduce Carbon Footprint
We focus on remanufacturing, i.e. Neopost’s capacity to recover its products from the field, inspect them, strip them down, clean them, update them - with equivalent functionalities – test them, pack them and finally put them back on the market, with warranties equivalent to those for new products.
This reduces the impact of our processes on the environment by up to 40% and includes reductions in our carbon footprint and savings on raw materials and manufacturing processes. Considerable thought is also given to the design of our machines, in order to enhance the remanufacturing processes even further.
Best Practices in EcoDesign
In a world that is heading towards a more circular economy that advocates the re-use of material flows, ecodesign is a major asset.
In 2012 Neopost published its first white paper on Ecodesign. Based on Neopost’s experience, it is designed not only to make the ecodesign concepts easier to understand, but also to encourage the sharing and transfer of best practices.
“With hindsight and some highly tangible achievements, Neopost can testify to the effectiveness of ecodesign approaches.”
Philippe Boulanger, Group Environmental Officer, Neopost
Making It Easier to Recycle Products
The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive - 2002/96/EC - was introduced in Europe in 2005. The aim of the directive is to reduce the environmental impact of products at the end of their lifecycles by instituting a system whereby the manufacturer takes the products back.
Eco-design is one of the ways in which manufacturers can comply with the legislation by making it possible for them to dismantle products or by facilitating their reconditioning.
Neopost has complied with the directive since 2005. Firstly by recovering all products at the end of their life cycles and implementing the applicable recycling rate of 75% for its mailing solutions (through recycling and improved energy efficiency), and secondly by employing a design process for its products that guarantees a recycling potential of 75% – a commitment that goes beyond the constraints set out in the WEEE Directive for machines in its category (Category 3).
Ink Cartridge Recycling
Neopost’s digital mailing machines use ink cartridges and in 2005 Neopost introduced a recycling system for used cartridges. The Group subcontracts this out to specialist service providers selected by Neopost’s distribution subsidiary in each country.