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Our planet can’t wait

On behalf of future generations, we have to act right now. We can still affect the future, but we all need to focus. Us included.

What we are committed to and where we are today

As of 2021, all our products are carbon neutral. That’s great but it's not enough. The world is facing unparalleled challenges from climate change and there's an immediate need to reduce our impact even further to support climate-impacted communities and conserve nature.

Over the last few years, we have been prioritizing carbon reductions in our products while also transitioning to renewable energy, restoring forests, and supporting climate-impacted communities. Now we want to go beyond that to address the full impact of our value chain, ultimately removing more carbon from the atmosphere than we put in. We’re focused on creating a net positive impact so that, together, we can restore the world we share.

Our Strategy

We’ve been repeating our mantra of reduce, renew and restore for more than a decade. Now it’s time to turn up the volume.

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REDUCE

Design for sustainability to achieve ambitious carbon reductions in our products, operations, and supply chain.

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RENEW

Drive adoption of renewable electricity in our own operations and our supply chain. Design our products to use circular materials.

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RESTORE

Restore forestry and climate-impacted communities by supporting low carbon projects and developing nature-based solutions.

Reduce

The largest segment of our carbon footprint comes from the sourcing and manufacturing of our products and packaging. In line with our 1.5℃ climate pledge, we’ve committed to ambitious science-based carbon reduction targets. The heart and soul of our program is Design for Sustainability. We engineer better products and processes to lower carbon impacts as much as possible before they arise.

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It’s all in the numbers

We’re already the first consumer electronics company to place detailed carbon impact labels on our products. By 2025, all of our major product lines will be labeled with their carbon footprint.

Renew

There’s no getting away from it, our business needs energy. But we’re making sure all that electricity comes from renewable sources like the wind, sun and other renewable projects. We’ve made significant progress with our own operations, and we’re working hard to encourage our suppliers and partners to take action as well.

We use life-cycle analysis to figure out our full energy impact – from sourcing materials to the way our products are managed at the end of their life.

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Renewable Electricity at our Production Facility

100%

100% Renewable Electricity at our Swiss, U.S., Indian and Chinese offices

92%

Renewable Electricity Worldwide

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Production Facility

Restore

Becoming carbon neutral this year is a first step towards our much bigger goal of becoming climate positive. To help us remove more carbon than we emit, we’re restoring natural environments and climate-impacted communities with our investments in forestry conservation and livelihood projects, as well as projects that shift the grid to renewables. Going further still, we’re also investing in carbon capture projects to draw down carbon directly out of the atmosphere.

Walking the Walk

Take a closer look at some of the reduce-renew-restore initiatives from the last year to understand how we are putting these commitments into action.

Reduce

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Carbon reductions in our production facility

Achieving carbon neutrality with the help of energy efficiency programs and renewable electricity at our own production facility

In 2013 we set ourselves the target to reduce the carbon footprint of our production facility by 20% by 2018. When we hit this target, we decided to go further and commit to transitioning to 100% renewable electricity and addressing 100% of our residual footprint with high quality certified offsets. Through these actions, we would achieve carbon neutrality.

And we did. At a facility level, this was helped by a number of energy-efficiency programs, including programs to reduce absolute energy demand by replacing T5 lighting with LEDs, optimizing our use of air compressors and installing time controllers to power-down lighting and turn off drinking water fountains. We also continued to develop our metering program to help us track and understand hotspots of energy use, and identify reduction opportunities for targeted focus. In 2021, for example, we replaced one of our older compressors at our facility with a double-stage, high-efficiency air compressor and improved efficiency by an estimated 11%. We also upgraded two chillers. Those projects alone generated an estimated carbon saving of 630 tCO2e.

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Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic

Making our products more circular by using post-consumer recycled plastic

We want to make Logitech products more circular. Virgin materials should be avoided, in favor of recycled materials. We use post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic to give a second life to end-of-life plastic and help reduce our carbon footprint. We are applying PCR at scale across the company, targeting our largest product portfolios for the most impactful carbon reduction.

Using recycled plastic is a key part of our Design for Sustainability efforts. We are increasingly using recycled plastics across top-selling product lines for mice, keyboards, webcams and speakers. By the end of 2021, more than 50% of the mice and keyboards in our Creativity and Productivity portfolio, our largest portfolio, will be made with recycled plastic, eliminating an estimated 7,100 tons of virgin plastic and 11,000 tons of carbon footprint per year.

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M185 Wireless Mouse

Reducing the carbon footprint of our best-selling M185 mouse

In 2020, we also upgraded our best-selling M185 wireless mouse. We significantly reduced its environmental footprint by working on:

  • Revolutionary platform PCB design
  • Lower impact scrolling wheel module
  • More efficient molding process
  • Refined part design for lower weight


These improvements resulted in a total estimated carbon footprint reduction of 15% when compared with the previous version of the M185.

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M190 Full-size Wireless Mouse

Reducing the carbon footprint of our M190 full-size mouse

In 2020, we launched the M190 full-size wireless mouse with optimal comfort for either hand, a lag-free wireless connection, precision tracking, and an 18-month battery life.

The M190 also makes use of a new approach to printed circuit board (PCB) design. By rationalizing the design of various PCBs, we achieved significant reductions in carbon impact across new and existing product lines including the M190. This innovation, together with more efficient power sensors, contributes towards a reduced carbon impact of the product of 10% when compared with the M170.

G PRO X Superlight gaming mouse

Logitech G Pro X SUPERLIGHT

Reducing the carbon footprint of our Logitech G Pro X SUPERLIGHT

In 2021, we launched the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT. Meticulously redesigned and engineered to reduce weight while enhancing performance, the new PRO X SUPERLIGHT is less than 63 grams and nearly 25% lighter than the Logitech PRO Wireless. Weight reduction is achieved through the use of 7.5% less plastic, a smaller printed circular board, smaller magnets, fewer screws, and even a lighter cable.

The lightweight architecture of the G PRO X SUPERLIGHT leads to an estimated annual carbon impact avoidance of 260 tCO2e.

In addition, the PRO X SUPERLIGHT comes equipped with Logitech G’s HERO 25K sensor which utilizes a smart power management system to continuously adjust frame rates based on the movement of the mouse to minimize power consumption. Even at high DPI, HERO is 10X more power-efficient than previous Logitech G sensors, equating to an estimated annual impact avoidance of 117 tCO2e.

 

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Paper-based hang tabs

A new paper-based design that’s 100% recyclable

In 2021 we also introduced our 100% paper-based hang tabs – an innovative design solution that uses molded pulp to replace the plastic or regular cardboard used in previous designs. Unlike other paper-based hang tabs, our new design is specially reinforced to reduce the risk of tearing.

Because our new molded hang tab is 100% paper-based, it is also 100% recyclable.

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Webcam packaging

A new paper-based design that’s 100% recyclable

In 2021, we significantly reduced the size, weight and material usage across a range of webcam packaging, with final package size reduced by up to 71%, depending on the product line. This change has also allowed us to reduce the number of pallets required for every shipment - a pallet can now take between 30% to 60% more units than before. All of this work has resulted in an estimated impact reduction of 1,773 tonnes of Carbon per year

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Eliminating single-use plastic: clamshells

Scaling up efforts to eliminate single-use plastic

In 2021 we continued to scale up our efforts to eliminate single-use plastic from our packaging. We developed a single-use plastic policy, highlighting our commitment to reducing plastic packaging as much as technically possible across all product ranges, with the long-term goal to eliminate it completely.

By switching to brown box packaging for products sold online we successfully eliminated over 1.1 million plastic clamshells from our portfolio this year.

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Eliminating single-use plastic: plastic bags in distribution

Scaling up efforts to eliminate single-use plastic

In 2021 we continued to scale up our efforts to eliminate single-use plastic from our packaging. We developed a single-use plastic policy, highlighting our commitment to reducing plastic packaging as much as technically possible across all product ranges, with the long-term goal to eliminate it completely.

We switched from using plastic to protect our packaging boxes in distribution to using tissue paper wrap in a number of product lines. This led to the elimination of more than 2.6 million plastic shipping bags from our portfolio of existing product lines, and an additional 3 million for newly-launched products.

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Eliminating single-use plastic: plastic bags inside the retail box

Scaling up efforts to eliminate single-use plastic

In 2021 we continued to scale up our efforts to eliminate single-use plastic from our packaging. We developed a single-use plastic policy, highlighting our commitment to reducing plastic packaging as much as technically possible across all product ranges, with the long-term goal to eliminate it completely.

We also eliminated the use of plastic bags inside the retail box for many of our product lines, using tissue wrap and soft paper-based bags to protect the product & accessories instead. This has resulted in the elimination of a further 5.8 million plastic bags.

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ERGO M575 Packaging

Scaling up efforts to eliminate single-use plastic

In 2021 we launched ERGO M575, featuring an innovative packaging solution that delivers a 34% lower carbon footprint than its predecessor the M570, while reducing the weight of single-use plastic by 98%Remaining plastic in M575: Tamper seal label (0.05g), and PP Lamination on the primary box (approx. 1g).

By integrating assessments of environmental impact throughout the design and development process, the team arrived at a solution that completely removed the need for a plastic tray or plastic bag, instead of using an internal protective wrap made from paper to protect the product. To further reduce impact and material waste, all setup instructions were printed directly onto this protective paper-based wrap.

Renew

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Renewable electricity in our production facility

Balancing 100% of our electricity footprint

In 2018, we decided to balance 100% of the electricity footprint of our production facility with purchases of third-party certified renewable electricity. We have maintained 100% renewable energy year since then and achieved 92% renewable electricity worldwide, bringing us ever closer to our goal of 100%. With this program, we estimate we avoided 14,615 tCO2 this year and we have offset the residual emissions to deliver carbon neutrality.

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Renewable electricity in our offices

Balancing 100% of our electricity footprint

The electricity footprint of our offices in Switzerland, the United States, Ireland, the Netherlands, India, and China is now matched with renewable electricity purchases. In 2021, we were delighted to be recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States, as a Green Power Partner because of our commitment to renewable electricity in the U.S. With renewable electricity use at our production facility and these offices, we achieved 92% renewable electricity worldwide, bringing us ever closer to our goal of 100%. With this program, we estimate we avoided 14,615 tCO2 this year and we have offset the residual emissions to deliver carbon neutrality. We are working to arrange third-party certification of a carbon neutrality claim for our offices.

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Renewable electricity in our supply chain

Encouraging our suppliers to transition to renewable electricity

In 2020, we invited our Major Suppliers to join us in our transition to renewable electricity. To help and support suppliers, we launched a Renewable Electricity Portal and Buyers Club to enable and encourage bulk purchase of high quality and third-party certified renewable electricity for supplier factories engaged in Logitech manufacturing.

For the 2020 reporting period, Suppliers allocated 186,246 MWh of electricity to Logitech manufacturing activities and purchased 70,599 MWh of renewable electricity from our Renewable Electricity Portal (97%) or other sources (3%), to balance this electricity footprint. We estimate this generated a carbon saving of 41,871 tCO2e.

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Advocacy

Advocating a global transition from fossil fuels to renewables

We will continue to advocate for the transition away from fossil fuels and the adoption of renewables as part of our membership of the RE100 Initiative and work to accelerate change towards zero-carbon grids at scale.

RE100 is led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. RE100’s mission is to accelerate a global shift to clean energy and zero-carbon grids – delivering a cleaner, healthier future for all. RE100 members work together to advocate for 100% renewable electricity worldwide, in the shortest timeline possible, and work in partnership with others to address policy and market challenges.

We joined the RE100 initiative in November 2019 to collaborate with other industry leaders in pursuit of the global movement to catalyze uptake of 100% renewable electricity.

Restore

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BRAZIL

ENVIRA AMAZONIA TROPICAL FOREST CONSERVATION PROJECT

Tackling deforestation and protecting some of the world's most biodiverse habitats, while enabling sustainable and community-based livelihoods

This project is one of the largest REDD+ projects in the world and one of only a handful of projects to achieve validation and verification to the VCS-CCB with Triple Gold Distinction. The project safeguards approximately 200,000 hectares of pristine rainforest in the Amazon Basin from deforestation while working with the farmers that live there, to support their livelihoods. In addition to delivering carbon reductions of approximately 1.2 million tCO2e each year through avoided deforestation, the project provides education and training opportunities to local communities including offering agricultural extension training courses; establishing a local headquarters with a local pharmacy and health clinic; and building community bathrooms; to eventually granting land tenure to local communities and establishing alternative economic activities including commercializing the collection of medicinal plants and açaí.

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NINH THUAN, VIETNAM

MY SON HOAN LOC SOLAR

Driving Vietnam’s renewables revolution through solar power.

This solar energy plant in Vietnam’s sunny Ninh Thuan province is helping to catalyze Vietnam's transition towards a greener, low-carbon future. It offers an alternative, renewable energy, to replace the need for traditional fossil fuels and boosts local economies by employing individuals from the local community paying them sustainable wages to end poverty.

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INDONESIA

ULUBELU GEOTHERMAL

Harnessing Indonesia’s geothermal fields for clean, renewable energy.

Located in Lampung province at the southern tip of the island of Sumatra, the Ulubelu geothermal power plant generates over 860 GWh of renewable electricity for Indonesia’s Sumatra Interconnected Grid. At the same time as reducing emissions, this project contributes to sustainable development and helps facilitate Indonesia’s low-carbon energy transition.

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INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA

CHAO'ER IMPROVED FORESTRY MANAGEMENT

Protecting the wilds of Inner Mongolia for future generations to enjoy.

Inner Mongolia is known for its breathtaking landscape, diverse flora and fauna and rich natural resources. However, its forests are under threat. Unsustainable logging in the wider region is impacting wildlife and contributing to rising concentrations of planet-warming greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This project converts a heavily logged area into a carefully designed and managed forest. While timber can be sustainably harvested annually, the ecosystem is managed in a way that allows it to restore itself naturally year-on-year and rural employment and training opportunities are provided for local communities.

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CENTRAL KALIMANTAN, INDONESIA

RIMBA RAYA BIODIVERSITY RESERVE

Protecting 65,000 hectares of forest and the endangered Borneo Orangutan, while creating livelihood opportunities for local communities.

The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve is an area of tropical peatland on the Island of Borneo in Indonesia. This project protects 65,000 hectares of carbon-dense tropical forest and peatlands by halting deforestation of rainforest areas originally designated for palm oil plantations. By supporting this project, Logitech is helping to enable the conservation of a REDD+ carbon sink and the protection of 105,000 endangered Borneo Orangutans. The project also provides livelihood opportunities for more than 2,500 households living within the project area—through education and agroforestry conservation—improving food security, income opportunities, health care, and education—all with the support of carbon finance.

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CHINA

HENAN FANGCHENG AND TANGHE AFFORESTATION

Sequestering carbon to drive our transition to net zero

This project is establishing new forestry by planting trees on lands that were barren for at least 10 years prior to the implementation of the project. Activities such as intensive farming, grazing or timber harvesting are no longer allowed in the project area and have been replaced with tree planting and forest management. The project creates job opportunities for local residents, who acquire the necessary skills in forest planting and management through vocational training. By restoring these forest ecosystems, the project contributes to the reduction of greenhouse emissions, conserves biodiversity and water and mitigates soil erosion, whilst helping local communities transition towards more sustainable livelihoods.

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CHINA

QINGHAI AFFORESTATION

Removing carbon to drive our transition to net zero.

Qinghai Province is part of the Tibetan Plateau and lies at an altitude of more than 3,000m above sea level. Hailed as the "roof of the world", and the "water tower of Asia", the Plateau is a natural habitat for rare animals and a focus of China's efforts to create nature reserves, forests, grasslands and wetlands. Qinghai Lake is the largest lake in China and sits at the crossroads of several bird migration routes across Asia. The project is located to the east of the lake and will restore 14,000 hectares with the planting of a resilient mix of native tree species including Spruce, Juniper, Pine, Poplar, Birch and Elm on barren or degraded lands, where there is no natural renewal or reforestation. The project also aims to support the local community by providing technical skills and training.

Wind farms along the bay

CHINA

Cixi Wind

Supporting the growth of China’s green renewables sector by enhancing renewable energy capacity, to meet growing energy demand.

The Shanghai Cixi Wind Project generates renewable electricity in Hangzhou Bay. Thirty-three turbines, each of which has the capacity of 1.5 MW, generate an average of 105 GWh per year, with an associated annual carbon reduction of approximately 100,000 tCO2e. By generating renewable electricity, this project is helping to achieve China’s national goal to source 35% of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

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CHINA

KEYIHE IMPROVED FORESTRY MANAGEMENT

Preventing the logging of trees by converting the area to protected forest.

This project turns a state-owned forest that was previously logged into a protected area. The Keyihe forest now regenerates naturally, which increases the amount of carbon removal. Healthy forests help regulate the local climate, protect the soil from erosion and degradation, and provide a home to diverse wildlife. The project employs local farmers to regularly manage the forest, providing them with a stable income and more sustainable livelihoods.

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CHINA

WU’ERQIHAN IMPROVED FORESTRY MANAGEMENT

Protecting Inner Mongolia forestry for future generations to enjoy.

The goal of this project is to converse logged trees to protected forest.The area of the project activity is 20,526 ha, the species involved in the project are Birch(Betula platyphylla) and Larch (Larix gmelinii). Before the implementation of the project activity, the trees are logged based on a valid and verifiable government-approved timber management plan for harvesting the project area. The implementation of the project activity converses the trees to protected forest to reduce the GHG emissions. The project activity will contribute to the environment (biodiversity conservation and soil erosion control), thus contribute to sustainable development.

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CHINA

HENAN FUNIUSHAN SOLAR COOKERS

Providing solar cookers to low income households—to improve fuel efficiency and family health.

Henan Province is one of the poorer regions in China, where local communities routinely use coal-fired cooking stoves. This project distributes solar cookstoves to families in eight rural villages across Henan province to reduce the use of coal for household cooking and therefore avoid greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and save families valuable time and money, which would otherwise be spent collecting and purchasing fuel.

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CHINA

ZHANGYE AFFORESTATION

Afforestation to increase carbon removals

This afforestation project involves the planting of more than 23397.80 ha of barren lands in Zhangye City with native tree species. The Project's aim is to increase carbon removals and contribute to local sustainable development. The implementation of the afforestation project will generate greenhouse gas emission removals and mitigate climate change; improve soil and water conservation and forest cover; enhance local biodiversity by increasing the connectivity of forests, and bring income and job opportunities for local communities and residents.

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CHINA

XIMENG ZHELIGENTU WIND

Financing the development of a more renewable grid in China

Phase 1 of the Inner Mongolia Ximeng Zheligentu Wind Farm Project involves the construction of a windfarm in Inner Mongolia, China. The windfarm will utilize wind resources for electricity generation and the electricity generated from the project will be sold to West Inner Mongolia Power Grid, which is an integral part of the North China Power Grid. The estimated annual net electricity output and average annual emission reductions of the proposed project are 99.48GWh and 104,941tCO2e per annum, respectively.

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CHINA

WUJIER WIND

Financing the development of a more renewable grid in China

The Inner Mongolia Wujier Wind Power Project is a grid-connected renewable energy project in Ordos city, Inner Mongolia, in the People’s Republic of China. The purpose of the Project is to utilise a wind power facility to generate zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions electricity for the North China Power Grid thereby displacing more carbon-intensive electricity from fossil fuels. The project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 120,508 tCO2e per year during the first crediting period by displacing electricity from the grid.

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CHINA

HAIKOU RURAL METHANE DIGESTERS

Recovering biogas and displacing fossil fuels

The Haikou Rural Methane Digesters Project is located in Haikou City, Hainan Province, China. The project helps farmers to build methane digesters that can be used to ensure organic matter including manure and wastes decays anaerobically. The project reduces greenhouse gas emissions in two ways: 1) the recovery and utilization of biogas from digested slurry in the biogas digester and 2) the biogas is used as thermal energy to replace the fossil fuel (coal), which is currently used to meet local households’ daily energy needs for cooking and heating.

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