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Tracking Environmental Performance

Monitoring and tracking our environmental performance plays a key role in our business strategies. By quantifying the impacts of our operations, we are better equipped to identify improvements. At HARMAN, we monitor our water consumption, energy usage, waste production, and greenhouse gas emissions. We also report on energy and waste related metrics. We strive to align with our customers around sustainability goals and priorities through our participation in annual CDP reporting and supplier responses in the Drive Sustainability initiative, a collaborative partnership that drives sustainability in the automotive industry supply chain.

In 2019, we reported :

  • Scope 1 Emissions: 468 metric tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e)
  • Scope 2 Emissions (location based): 38,002 metric tonnes CO2e
  • Scope 3 Emissions (business travel): 21,909 metric tonnes CO2e
  • Energy Consumption: 90,302 MWh
  • Waste Generation: 10,657 metric tonnes

From 2018, our 2019 absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions decreased six percent and our waste generation decreased by two percent. In 2016, we met our first goal to reduce energy usage by ten percent worldwide.

We also track our performance through goal-setting and are committed to an overarching goal to decrease energy consumption at our manufacturing facilities and through our entire supply chain. For example, our facilities in Karlsbad, Garching, and Straubing, Germany have a certified Energy Management System under ISO 50001 and our Hungarian facilities undergo energy audits.

As our sustainability initiatives evolve and improve, so does the way we track our performance. In 2021, we are implementing a specialized platform to track our energy and environmental metrics in a centralized, global program. We are also working to further integrate our metrics into our business strategies.

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Energy Efficiency and Site Optimization

We have prioritized energy efficiency and site optimization as we have developed the focus of our sustainability strategy. Our approach to energy management aligns with elements of ISO 50001. In addition to working to develop a new company-wide energy goal, as part of our management program, global teams set targets and report on key performance indicators (KPIs). We have undertaken numerous energy reduction projects at our facilities. In 2019, we eliminated or avoided 2,161 metric tonnes CO2e through our initiatives and are investigating additional projects that would lead to the reduction of 3,122 metric tonnes CO2e. This is equivalent to 533.58 flights around the globe in a commercial airplane.

Some global site examples of equipment supporting energy usage reductions include:

  • Independent air conditioning units installed at our Dandong, China facility. The units increase our control of energy usage as they work only in necessary areas, when required.
  • Lighting circuits were separated and sensors were installed at the Tijuana, Mexico location so that lighting is only in use when operational areas are occupied/in-use.
  • Electric forklifts and automated equipment are used at the Dandong, China facility to reduce labor and industrial waste gas.
  • Manufacturing equipment at the Nova Santa Rita, Brazil facility utilize LED screens to reduce energy consumption.
2,161 Metric Tonnes CO2e Eliminated
3,122 Metric Tonnes CO2e Reduction
We are committed to reducing our waste and water impacts and implementing new, streamlined solutions.
Water and Non-hazardous Waste Management

We recognize the need for responsible water and waste management. We utilize a traditional Plan-Do-Check-Act approach and are continuously evaluating our processes. We are committed to reducing our waste and water impacts and implementing new, streamlined solutions.

Waste is effectively managed at all of our facilities. Our waste management program aims to recycle 79 percent of our produced waste, send 20 percent to final disposal, and use 1 percent as alternative fuel for electricity generation. Waste data is collected from our manufacturing, research & development, and non-manufacturing facilities, and the data is analyzed monthly by management staff. If a parameter exceeds expectations, the cause of the deviation is analyzed, and containment actions are established. Recycling is a vital part of our waste management program. For instance, our team in India exemplifies this commitment through an established commitment to e-waste and battery recycling, as well as the avoidance of single-use plastics in the cafeteria and team meeting rooms.

HARMAN is also committed to upcycling to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. HARMAN has begun including upcycling campaigns connected to philanthropic events by collecting outdated audio technology for purposeful recycling or reuse. And although the majority of HARMAN’s audio business is B2B, we are currently establishing an upcycling program as part of our regular business operations at HARMAN’s three retail locations.

Our production processes are designed to avoid unnecessary water consumption. The only water used during production at our facilities is for cooling and maintaining water levels as it evaporates. While our processes are not water intensive, we are committed to good water stewardship. In addition to monitoring our water usage, we endeavor to continually improve our processes and look for ways to reduce overall consumption. Our team in India has strived to reduce water consumption through the implementation of water recycling programs that reuse recycled water, including collected rainwater, HVAC cooling towers, gardening, and flushing. Water-saving equipment is also prioritized where suitable and appropriate to reduce water consumption.

Effectively Managing Hazardous Waste and Chemicals

Management of hazardous materials is essential to safe operation. Several of our facilities use restricted substances or chemicals for production and only 8 percent of our waste is considered hazardous . We ensure appropriate compliance with all international, federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding the discharge and disposal of hazardous materials and manage restricted substances through our Material Compliance Management procedure, uploading all material data to the International Material Data System. Our established Chemical Administration program prioritizes the elimination of substances listed in the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. We currently use no substances considered High Risk to the environment or the health of our employees.

Quality Management System

HARMAN’s organic growth is supplemented by our acquisition of other brands. When acquiring new businesses, the existing practices and processes are also inherited. We have worked to streamline our business processes and transform our Quality Management System. Our revamped Quality Management System helps facilitate transparency across HARMAN by communicating clear expectations to all teams. We have simplified our processes, created team selection criteria to produce cross-functional and successful management, predicted and resolved challenges, and implemented Quality Coaches. This year, we highlighted our quality journey and motivated employees to take part in our success and continue to examine how our work impacts quality every day. The simplified system has contributed to the reduction of our overall environmental impact because less steps and better productivity equates to fewer errors and replacement parts. Among our environmental wins from the simplified system has been a reduction in the use of premium freight, which has brought about cost savings and environmental benefits. By shifting to a greater reliance on sea freight, HARMAN was able to reduce our overall Scope 2 Emissions.

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