Aristocrat is focused on embedding environmental considerations within our global supply chain and other core business operations.
PRODUCT DESIGN AND PROCUREMENT
We continue to review product design practices, including hardware and software development, to embed sustainable design and procurement principles where possible.
For example, our investment in 3D printers for product development and in-house prototyping is delivering a number of time and cost efficiencies, along with significant reductions in shipping requirements, fuel consumption, packaging, waste and energy consumption.
We have also introduced a new power supply with our Gen 9 gaming machine electronics platform which will be used for all future gaming machine cabinets globally. Our Gen 8 power supply is rated 80+White for efficiency; our Gen 9 improves this to 80+Silver17. This means each gaming machine on a venue floor will use less power; our cabinets will run cooler and this in turn will improve the lifespan of electrical components, as heat is the main driver of component failure.
- 17 The “white” rating means the power supply is 80% efficient which also means there is 20% waste (or energy loss in the performance when running at 100% capacity, fully loaded). The “silver” rating means the power supply is 85% efficient when running at 100% capacity, fully loaded. Our power supply measurements show 88% efficiency which falls just short of “gold” classification, which is 90% efficient. **Waste is also translated as heat in our gaming machine cabinets.
Energy efficiency improvements in our Gen 9 gaming machine cabinets will save enough electricity every year to power over 500 homes
In 2019, Aristocrat’s campus in Summerlin, Las Vegas was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation, an internationally recognised green building certification program.
In 2020, we won Silver in the Sydney Design Awards for our North Ryde Pinnacle building refurbishment. This award celebrates excellence in design and creativity and acknowledges the dramatic transformation of our Sydney Corporate offices to create a fun, engaging, and inspiring environment where our teams can collaborate and do their best work.
Responding to COVID-19 has presented new challenges in addressing environmental impact, particularly having regard to the use of cleaning chemicals and other health supplies such as personal soaps, sanitisers and face masks. We have protected the health of our employees through the adoption of cleaning and disinfection procedures and the provision of hand hygiene products and face masks to meet government and health authority guidelines. To minimise environmental impact, we have taken the following steps:
Fabric masks: We sourced 8000 reusable fabric masks for employees, saving a significant number of disposable masks from being discarded into landfill;
Eye protection: We sourced and made available reusable eye protection for employees where needed;
Cleaning supplies: Disinfectants, sanitisers and general cleaning supplies have been selected for efficacy, reduced environmental impact and meeting recommendations of the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Safe Work Australia and Good Environmental Choice Australia.
Please also refer to the Environmental Regulation statement in the Directors’ Report for the 2020 financial year