Sustainability must be a key consideration in the design and production of fibre cables, says Prysmian

By | December 14, 2021

Milan, Italy, 14 December 2021 – To accelerate a shift towards a more circular economy, the environmental and ecological impact of fibre must be key considerations during the design and production processes. According to the new Industry Insight from Prysmian Group, a focus on the development of sustainable fibre networks will ensure that global operators are playing their part towards realising a greener society.

With many companies, including Prysmian, setting out ambitious targets to reduce their impact on climate change, significant progress can be made by incorporating sustainable design trends. By increasing the weight of the fibre preforms, a reduction in both the percentage of unusable glass and the set-up time during the process is achieved. The melting of glass at the beginning of the process, which consumes energy, is carried out less frequently with larger preforms and as such, lessens the overall energy consumption.

In addition to this, the use of recycled materials can lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions. Prysmian itself has developed the first fibre optic network using over 90 percent polyethylene, which decreases the impact of raw material production and in turn, the amount of CO2 emissions. Prysmian reused 54 percent of its drums in 2020 to reduce its impact on product packaging, and also monitors the percentage of waste that the company recycles on a global scale.

“Fibre can play a significant role in improving circularity, which should be a large focus for companies around the world. By making design and production processes more sustainable, we can all reduce the CO2 emissions that are being released,” said Prysmian Group Executive Vice President Telecom Business, Philippe Vanhille. “As the impact of climate change becomes more severe, the fibre optic production industry must seek to raise its standards when it comes to circularity. In 2019, Prysmian set the goal of reaching between 64 and 66 percent of waste recycled, which we exceeded in 2020. But there is always more that can be done, and all businesses in the telecoms industry must play their part.”

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The Industry Insight highlights how in addition to recycling materials, cables are becoming smaller and are having an immediate effect on CO2 emissions. If the diameter of a cable is reduced, the volume of material used will also decrease. This leads to a direct reduction in the overall CO2 footprint during the design process, but this also has a knock-on effect on the rest of the supply chain.

Vanhille continued: “If a cable is designed to offer a high performance but with a smaller diameter, less materials are needed to create that cable. In addition, it is possible to fit more cables per drum and fewer drums per shipment, which has a positive impact on the number of carbon emissions during transport. Design features can play a vital role when it comes to sustainability and meeting greener targets, and must be a key consideration when it comes to developing cabling solutions.”

To read the full Industry Insight, please see: https://www.prysmiangroup.com/staticres/sustainable-fibre-networks/index.html. For more information about Prysmian Group, visit: https://www.prysmiangroup.com/en.

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About Prysmian Group
Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. With almost 140 years of experience, sales of over €10 billion, about 28,000 employees in over 50 countries and 104 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offers the widest possible range of products, services, technologies and know-how. It operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, of special cables for applications in many different industries and of medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. For the telecommunications industry, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video and data transmission, offering a comprehensive range of optical fibres, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is a public company, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in the FTSE MIB index.

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For further information, please contact Bruna Chitoni at bruna.chitoni@prysmiangroup.com.

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