Why Does Sustainability Matter?June 7, 2023 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team
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In a recent conversation with Kelly Scanlon, IPC lead sustainability strategist, we dove deep into the topic of sustainability, asking what it is and how we achieve it. Because this is such a broad topic, we’ve excerpted just a portion of the conversation here, but what is clear is that we’ve only scratched the surface on sustainability; there is so much that is not yet fully defined.
Nolan Johnson: Kelly, why should we concern ourselves with sustainability?
Kelly Scanlon: One of the challenges of defining sustainability is answering the question, “What does sustainability mean?” You could be talking at the level of an individual—what we do in our homes or whether we carry a reusable shopping bag to the grocery market—or how this translates into what we do when we design, build, and use electronics.
Think on this long enough and the idea of sustainability becomes a journey of continuous improvement that can increase resource efficiencies and decrease impacts through conscientious and intentional lifecycle management. That’s great. So, what does this mean to electronics manufacturing companies? Sustainability concepts, approaches, and metrics are challenging to define. Placing these concepts, approaches, and metrics in context with the variety of companies and stakeholders making up the complex and diverse electronics manufacturing supply chain is even more challenging.
John Mitchell has elevated sustainability at IPC, which has a robust sustainability for electronics initiative. We aim to identify the environmental, social, and corporate governance sustainability topics that are most pressing and put into place a roadmap for reassessing these topics over time. By identifying the most relevant or material topics, IPC wants to support the industry so it can focus on those things that matter, that is, that can be measured and adjusted to ensure sustainability goals for electronics are appropriate and achievable.
To read this entire conversation, which appeared in the June 2023 issue of SMT007 Magazine, click here.
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