Energy and telecom cable systems giant Prysmian Group and Umicore, a global materials technology and recycling group, will take part on Oct. 27 in the “2020 World Optical Fibre and Cable Virtual Conference,” with a joint presentation to reinforce their partnership on the use of 100% sustainable, low environmental-impact germanium for optical fiber production.
Concurrently, Prysmian Group and Umicore have introduced the next step in their longstanding relationship in the supply of germanium tetrachloride (GeCl4), one of the main raw materials for the production of optical fiber. Umicore and Prysmian note the companies have worked together for many years on recycling solutions, and are now entering a new level of cooperation aimed at supplying and using 100% sustainable germanium.
“At Umicore we are committed to the principles of sustainable supply and we continuously seek opportunities to further reduce the environmental footprint of our activities. Thanks to the 100% sustainable solution developed for Prysmian, optimizing and expanding germanium recycling possibilities and capabilities and providing germanium generated as a by-product of base metal production, we will be able to cut our annual CO2 emissions by 60%, equal to getting approximately 6,800 combustion-engine cars off the road,” explained Pieter Arickx, Commercial Manager, Umicore.
Both companies seek to play a key role in the shift towards a low-carbon economy, and contribute to the energy transition process. Optical fiber and cable technology will be decisive in this scenario, note the partners, as it is an essential part of broadband networks for the digitaliation and the development of a decarbonized society and economy.
“As stated in our mission, we are committed to developing the best cable and fiber-optic technology for the transition to a cleaner and smarter use of energy resources and to supporting the digitalization and decarbonization of economies. Sustainability is therefore effectively included in our business and represents a strategic opportunity to be pursued together with our customers and suppliers,” stated Eric Stoltz, Vice President Optical Fibre BU, Prysmian Group.
Prysmian Group and Umicore say the partnership "shows that the journey towards sustainability requires particular efforts in improving the environmental performance, including in our operations and throughout the supply chain, promoting sustainable raw materials sourcing and product innovation, while ensuring respect of human rights and enhancing human resources."