Sky Glass is the world’s first TV to be certified as a CarbonNeutral® product. We’ve designed it with resource and energy efficiency at its heart and built it for longevity.
As we have with Sky Q, our industrial product designers, engineering teams for hardware and software continue to work together to make and develop our products with sustainability and efficiency in mind. The design and product supply chain are continually reviewed to reduce emissions where possible.
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Define – through a product map we have understood what needs to be covered in the product footprint. This includes the carbon impact of the raw materials used in its manufacture, manufacturing sites, packaging and transport, electricity use in a customer’s home for seven years and end of life.
Measure – through our detailed product Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) of each stage we have accurately identified the carbon footprint of the product.
Target – throughout the product design journey and as a result of LCA insights we have set ourselves targets to improve efficiency and to offset the remainder we cannot cut, yet.
Reduce - We have and will continue to find energy saving measures and build in eco-features. We offset the remaining emissions in verified emissions reductions and removals including investing in UK woodland.
Here are the ways we've worked to reduce the impact of Sky Glass on the environment
Sky Glass has been designed to reduce emissions as much as possible. It has built-in power saving features like Auto-switch off mode, which kicks in after 50 minutes, when no motion is detected.
The screen adapts to ambient light by reducing its backlight to optimal levels when there’s lower light levels in a room, to be more energy efficient.
And with the TV, set-top box and soundbar all built into one product Sky Glass saves energy compared to having a separate TV, Sky Q set top box, and soundbar.
"Sky Glass hardware is future-proofed and ongoing software updates will keep it cutting edge. It is designed to go on and on, for a minimum of seven years, but for many it will be their TV for much longer." Roger Lambert, Director of Customer Tech
"We set out to design innovative packaging as a core part of the project. Working on this from the very start has meant we now offer market leading packaging with a minimal environmental footprint."- Chris Moore, Director of Group Manufacturing
We’ve considered the use of raw materials, and aim for circularity at every stage in the design. Sky Glass has been designed for repair. Our skilled teams will ensure that parts are reused and where they can’t be, they are recycled.
With Sky Glass, customers purchase their device. It has however been designed for repair, our skilled teams will ensure that parts are reused and where they can’t be, they are recycled.
We’re proud that this is the only TV that comes in recyclable packaging, free from single-use plastic. All our packaging is FSC certified, and we’ve designed it to ensure maximum protection for the product whilst using a new fold technique to minimise use of cardboard, a precious resource. We’ll unbox your TV, take away the packaging and recycle it for you.
Using what we learnt through Sky Ocean Rescue, we’ve worked with the supply chain to reduce single-use plastic in the manufacturing process.
We operate a lease model for our Sky Q set top boxes, and therefore so any equipment returned to us is reused, or recycled if at the end of its useful life. Our biggest manufacturing plant is in fact our refurbishment site for Sky Q.
As part of our commitment to Sky Zero and reducing the emissions in our supply chain by 50% by 2030, we are working with our partners in the Sky Glass supply chain to improve the efficiency of the power used in the sites, and on the transition to renewable energy
Our Glass partners are investing in the switch to LED lighting which we have done with our main supplier already.
Next, we’re working together to develop on-site renewable energy and more ways to improve energy efficiency across all processes.
We seek to reduce carbon emissions for each step of the supply chain including our data centres and the energy used to bring great Sky content to our new products. Our data centres are leading edge, having won the EU Code of Conduct Award for Energy Efficient Data Centres.
"Our partners in Sky Glass are committed to working with us to decarbonise their businesses, because it makes business sense." - Giles Harvey, Product Supply Chain Director
Sky has been a CarbonNeutral® Company since 2006, offsetting all our operational emissions. Since 2019, our UK-commissioned productions have been CarbonNeutral® Productions as well.
We are now going beyond this, making Sky Glass CarbonNeutral® too.
We have also worked with Natural Capital Partners, following The CarbonNeutral Protocol, to offset all remaining emissions and make Sky Glass CarbonNeutral® certified. We’ll continue to identify opportunities to reduce emissions.
"It's great to see carbon impact integral to product development and life cycle. Important to moving towards a Net Zero future." - Tanya Steele, CEO WWF UK
We’re committed ensuring our offsetting contributes to a low-carbon future and are of the highest quality standards.
We are purchasing Energy Attribute Certificates to compensate for electricity emissions generated in the first year’s customer use of Sky Glass.
And we’re offsetting all remaining emissions, through projects that invest in renewable energy generation, including in China. These power projects help contribute emissions reductions through renewable energy and additionally contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals on Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic growth, and Industry Development and Innovation.
Beyond the carbon neutrality certification, we are also supporting a reforestation project in Scotland that will plant around 200,000 native trees in a way that promotes nature and biodiversity.
How our partnership with Kew and Wakehurst informs what we do
We work in partnership with Kew because we understand the importance of seeking and setting best practice. We sponsored new research and a dedicated conference to bring together global perspectives on practice and policy, and find ways of raising the standard of global reforestation. Over 2,400 people from 113 countries on six continents participated. Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and Botanic Gardens Conservation International issued ten golden rules for reforestation, highlighting how forests can be restored to maximise carbon capture, recover ecosystems, and help people’s livelihoods.
They’ve been widely adopted as best practise by conservation organisations across the globe. And we hope that they’ll influence and support additional initiatives through COP15 on nature in China and COP26 on climate in the UK and Italy.
The other aspect of our work with Kew and Wakehurst is their Landscape Ecology Programme’s carbon pillar, seeking to improve our understanding of carbon absorption by trees and fungi working together.
This work guides our reforestation project funded by Sky Glass, to grow the body of knowledge around nature restoration best practice.