January 22, 2010 10:29 am

Nokia in Beijing – Sustainability begins in the back yard

BEIJING, China – In case you’ve just joined us, this week we’ve been peeking behind the curtain of Nokia in China, through a series of short videos. Today sees us wrap things up with a great little video tour of Nokia’s sustainability-minded Beijing campus. Read on to find out more, and to see how Nokia has applied its company-wide approach to sustainability from the very foundations of its existence in China.

Built with more that 10% recycled materials, it’s one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in China. Inside building you can see that design at work. A double glass curtain keeps the interior at a constant temperature, saving heating and cooling costs. Plus, it’s been designed so that natural light can penetrate every corner of the building, cutting electricity costs. The site of the campus has been specifically chosen too – Nokia has based its Beijing office in an industrial estate where it has gathered more than 20 of its major suppliers, meaning that in the production process carbon emissions have been reduced dramatically. Long-distance transport and shipping are a thing of the past here. All waste from the building is gathered up to be recycled. Likewise, Nokia has set up over 700 recycle points across China, where folk can drop off their old devices to be safely recycled – so far over 30 tons of phones have been collected for recycling. Check out the video below…