Wincor Nixdorf takes corporate responsibility seriously and is committed to achieving a balance between economic, environmental, and social objectives. We believe that a sustainable approach to business activities is a precondition for success, and so this philosophy pervades the entire organization. But sustainability is just as much about our social responsibilities and – as already described – the way we support and develop employees as it is about making careful use of natural resources. As a global IT provider, we design solutions that have a minimal impact on our environment, while using resources with maximum efficiency. These solutions are manufactured to extremely high standards with regard to economic and environmental sustainability. Ultimately, we recognize the importance of taking the long-term view when implementing our sustainability strategy.
Conserving Natural Resources from the Outset.
When assessing the resource impact of its activities, Wincor Nixdorf follows the end-to-end principle, using TCO analysis to determine the costs of a system over its whole life cycle. This encompasses product planning, development, production, and logistics, as well as the costs generated during its use by the customer, including support, maintenance, and spare parts delivery, plus return and recycling. As early as the planning and development stage, we strive to use components that combine low environmental impact with energy efficiency. Through the selection of low-energy components in conjunction with improved software, we are able to respond to the demands of our customers for enhanced performance with minimum use of resources. In helping our customers to significantly cut energy consumption and operating costs, we are also supporting their efforts to achieve economic and environmental targets.
Exceeding International Standards.
All Wincor Nixdorf’s products are designed in line with international regulations, including those for promoting the development of recycling-friendly products with low environmental impact (EC WEEE directive), for lowering energy consumption (EC EuP directive), and for restricting the use of hazardous substances (EC RoHS, REACH directives). During the year under review, a project group was responsible for continuing the implementation of measures initiated by Wincor Nixdorf as early as fiscal 2006/2007 in order to comply with REACH, the European Community Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (1907/2006/EC). As ever, Wincor Nixdorf strives to exceed the standards set by the legislator.
We also expect our suppliers to consistently observe environmental standards, and we monitor their compliance by carrying out regular audits. Our partners must adhere to the Wincor Nixdorf code of conduct for suppliers, which includes the implementation of an ISO 14001-certified environmental management system.
Indeed, our own production sites making up our international network – Paderborn, Ilmenau, Singapore, and Shanghai – have implemented environmental management systems that are ISO 14001-certified. By using modern technology, we can save energy, materials, and water, thereby avoiding emissions, waste, and water contamination. Furthermore, as a participant in the European Union Emissions Trading System, Wincor Nixdorf is demonstrating its unstinting commitment to lowering the emission of greenhouse gases. The creation of a highly efficient and environmentally friendly combined heat and power plant in Paderborn is just one example of our endeavors in this area, one that is rewarded by the option to sell unused CO2 allowances on the market.
Reducing Environmental Impact with Cash Management.
Cash management is another way in which we cut our CO2 emissions – by reducing the number of cash-in-transit (CiT) journeys required. One of the solutions we apply in this field is the cash management application from our Retail Banking Suite, which allows us to determine precise refill intervals and quantities for ATMs and automated teller safes.
Reducing Energy Consumption.
One of Wincor Nixdorf’s top priorities when it comes to developing and introducing cutting-edge hardware technology for banks and retailers is to reduce energy consumption. Our new generation of CINEO systems uses considerably less energy than its predecessors.
In addition, our device management programs are designed to ensure that bank self-service systems (Glossary) can be switched on and off as necessary during quiet periods or at locations with restricted hours. Wincor Nixdorf develops and refines its programs on a continuous basis in response to market and customer demand.
In the retail industry, our BEETLE checkout systems (Glossary) are fitted with an energy-saving processor and energy-efficient power supply to help reduce electricity costs. The intelligent power management system matches energy consumption to actual requirements with a number of operating modes. Wincor Nixdorf offers its own Green IT software for the centralized control and monitoring of energy consumption and the operation of convenience stores.
For some of our customers, we operate and maintain entire data centers. These are based on advanced technology in order to optimize customer utility as well as reduce costs. One such example is the virtualization of server resources. This involves intelligent management systems that make the necessary hardware available as and when it is required, thus making it possible to divide or combine computer processing power to meet current requirements. As well as significantly reducing hardware needs, this can produce considerable savings in the energy used by both computers and air-conditioning in the data centers.
Conserving Resources with Reverse Vending Solutions.
Since 2001, we have been committed to the reuse and recycling of all manufactured products and materials. To this end, our reverse vending solutions for the return of empty containers are equipped with the necessary identification and process technology. Each year, some 81 million tons of packaging waste is created in Europe alone. Beverage containers, including PET bottles together weighing around three million tons, account for a fifth of this waste. Only half of these PET bottles enter the recycling process.
Commitment to Environmental Protection – Including this Annual Report.
As in the preceding year, this Annual Report was printed on FSC*-certified paper and with a neutral effect on the climate. By using petroleum-free colored inks and abandoning the use of industrial alcohol (IPA) in the printing process, we are able to avoid or reduce any environmental damage.
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