Sonos Climate Action Plan Outlines Carbon Neutrality by 2030

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Sonos unveiled on Wednesday the debut of its first Climate Action Plan, “as the foundation of its commitment to a more sustainable future.” The company says it will turn its value chain to carbon neutrality by 2030 and net zero by 2040, as detailed in its 2021 Listen Better Report.

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“With our Climate Action Plan, we’re entering a new phase in our commitment to environmental responsibility, stepping up our efforts across the board to reduce our impact,” said Patrick Spence, Sonos CEO, in a statement to iPhone in Canada. “Sonos is a company founded on innovation; we are invigorated by the challenge to innovate and create better solutions for our customers and for the planet.”

For 2022, Sonos has partnered with SeaTrees by Sustainable Surf to help offset its direct emissions with a marine ecosystem project in the Southern Cardamom Watershed in Cambodia.

Sonos will also change its product design and performance to reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact of its product lineup.

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Here are the changes coming:

Energy Efficiency

  • by FY23, all new Sonos products will include sleep mode. The company aspires to reduce idle power consumption to less than 2 watts for its entire portfolio, starting with all portable products in FY22

Product Longevity

  • In FY21, the company began a new Design for Disassembly process, which will be incorporated into all new speakers and components, starting in FY23. This approach builds in features – such as fasteners instead of adhesives – that make it easier to repair, refurbish and recycle.

Materials

  • By the end of FY23, 100% of new Sonos products will begin using post-consumer recycled plastic in place of virgin plastics, and will also be 100% halogen-free

Packaging

  • FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified Proprietary Sonos Custom Kraft paper first used for Roam will continue to be used for new products launching between FY22 and FY25.
  • By FY25, Sonos packaging will be made with 100% responsibly sourced paper, including paper that is either PCR (post-consumer recycled), FSC-certified or made from plant-based fibers as we aim to eliminate plastics from our packaging entirely. The company continues to reduce the use of plastics from its packaging, using PCR plastics where necessary.

Sonos says it will also be joining the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), the world’s largest industry coalition dedicated to corporate social responsibility in global supply chains and commit to aligning with its standards.