Proactive approach to sustainability

Inmarsat conducted detailed analysis into our response to climate change, and as a result achieved a carbon disclosure score of 95 from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) annual survey in 2015 – our highest rating ever, placing us at the same level as telecommunications companies such as BT and Vodafone.

We acknowledge that we have an impact on the local and global environment and our objective is to minimise this. We have approximately 1,700 staff working in over 50 locations around the world. Out of all of these offices, warehouses and earth stations, eight locations are the base for over 80% of our staff.

We have reduced the number of sites we operate from, and we will continue to consolidate our operations to further reduce our global CO2 emissions and energy consumption.

In 2015 Inmarsat achieved compliance with the Department of Energy and Climate Change Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme following reviews of our London and Hague offices.

Our mission is to adopt and support the following principles:

  • Provide first-class energy and environmental management practices
  • Comply with all relevant global environmental legislation and regulatory controls
  • Identify significant environmental and social impacts and establish objectives and targets for improvement
  • In our main UK site, to recycle a minimum of 90% of generated waste and to constantly review the opportunity to use recycled products
  • To actively encourage the conservation of energy, water and natural resources through the increased efficiency and introduction of new and modern technology
  • To encourage all employees to be proactive in their daily activities by recycling waste
  • Ensuring that printer cartridges are recycled
  • Switching off lights, computers, phone chargers and any other electrical items when not in use
  • Reducing business travel and using more site-based technology such as video and audio conferencing
  • Replacing inefficient building lighting with LED technology.

Mitigating space debris

As a satellite operator, Inmarsat has adopted the highest industry standards for mitigating space debris, including end-of-life graveyard manoeuvre plans for the disposal of satellites when they reach the end of their commercial life.

Our final Inmarsat-2 satellite was deorbited in 2014, in full compliance with the relevant International Telecommunication Union (ITU) standards. We deorbited a satellite we operated for an Asian partner in early 2015.

We operate our satellites in geosynchronous orbit, which is approximately 36,000km above the Earth. This orbit has significantly less debris than a low earth orbit, which is approximately 700km above the earth and where several MSS operators have their satellite constellations.

We are a founding member of the Space Data Association (SDA), along with satellite operators Intelsat, SES and Eutelsat. By sharing data critical to the integrity of the space environment, we aim to make space operations safer and more reliable.

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