Every year, worldwide, the energy consumed by IT solutions increases. So much so that the share of digital technology in greenhouse gas emissions has increased by 50% between 2013 and 2018. Aware of this major social challenge, Stormshield is taking the first steps towards a sustainable eco-design approach to preserve our planet.

A reduction in the environmental impact of products

Because Stormshield equipment protects you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, its energy efficiency is of paramount importance.

Year after year, requirements become increasingly stringent, as shown by the DoE (Department of Energy) standard in the United States and the European Commission’s code of conduct. These standards provide a framework for our environmental strategy and are taken into account from the start of the specifications stage, during the development of our products.

In parallel with technical advances in terms of energy consumption, they enable us to improve the efficiency of the external power supplies used mainly on Stormshield Network Security (SNS) firewalls (the only physical boxes at Stormshield).

WEEE and product recycling Stormshield Network Security

Ever since the European Union adopted a requirement to recycle Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), computer waste has its own recycling channel. As a producer of IT equipment, Stormshield is responsible for removing and processing WEEE waste.

This commitment takes the form of a strong focus on the product return policy in particular. To facilitate electronic equipment recycling, products are shipped and stored in a single location and then sent on to an after-sales service provider (France and Germany) responsible for their reconditioning. In this case, parts subject to wear and tear are systematically replaced (fans, hard disks, motherboard battery, power supplies, etc.). The product thus starts a new life cycle with total reliability.

You can find the Stormshield Network Security registration number for WEEE compliance in the UK below: WEE/AF0079UU.

End-of-life equipment is handled by centres specialising in the processing of waste for destruction.

Compliance with the RoHS Directive

What about hazardous substances? The European 2011/65 RoHS directive restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. Its latest version, RoHS 3, which came into force in 2019, lists 10 hazardous substances subject to restrictions in electrical and electronic equipment:

  • lead;
  • mercury;
  • cadmium;
  • hexavalent chromium;
  • polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs);
  • polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDBEs);
  • bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP);
  • benzyl phtalate and n-butyl phthalate (BBP);
  • dibutyl phthalate (DBP);
  • diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).

Stormshield Network Security fully meets its obligations under the Directive.

Compliance with the REACH certificate

The REACH regulation ensures security in the manufacture and use of chemical substances in industry in the European Economic Area. By 2018, it had already listed more than 20,000 chemical substances out of its target of 30,000. Stormshield’s hardware laboratory works in partnership with its manufacturers to use only products that are authorised by these European regulations.

Do you also think reducing the environmental footprint of digital is essential? For more information on Stormshield Network Security’s recycling programme and RoHS compliance, please contact your authorised Stormshield Network Security dealer.