Telenco's R&D departments specialise in designing products that meet the technical and economic needs of telecommunications networks. Telenco is keen to take its commitments even further, and is deploying an eco-design approach for its products, in particular by carrying out Life Cycle Assessment calculations.

The eco-design approach

As a designer and manufacturer of products for customers in over 70 countries, Telenco has a major responsibility in building the world of tomorrow.

A sustainable network is made up of high-performance products that meet quality, technical, and eco-responsibility criteria. Eco-design is an essential lever driven by the Group's R&D departments, which use their skills and capacity for innovation to help protect the planet.

Eco-design levers

Taking environmental performance into account right from the design stage of a product enables us to act on the parameters that have the greatest impact. This approach enables us to achieve greater moderation and find the most appropriate solutions to the problems identified through life cycle analysis. The Telenco Group focuses on three variables in particular: raw materials, production and packaging, with the aim of offering more sustainable and responsible products, while optimising their transport.

Having suppliers close by reduces the impact of transporting raw material to its processing site and to Telenco's logistics warehouses. Not all raw materials have the same impact: extraction consumes energy and water, as does the manufacturing process or shaping of the material itself. For more sustainable networks, when designing new products, Telenco favours the use of recyclable materials, and is developing the use of recycled materials and re-use.

Telenco has set itself apart by offering a refurbishment service for optical cords. This initiative aims to reduce the product's environmental impact by encouraging the re-use of existing equipment, thereby contributing to responsible resource management.

Once the raw materials have been selected, the place of production and/or processing is the next stage in the life cycle. Having local partners significantly reduces our carbon footprint, which is why Telenco maintains a local ecosystem, through a network of local partners and suppliers who differ according to the place of assembly.

The Modular Multi Enclosure Bracket (MMEB), a multi-enclosure mounting bracket designed in France by Telenco, is assembled in our production unit in Portugal. The plastic injection moulding is then also carried out in Portugal, in order to maintain geographical proximity and reduce the impact of transport on the LCA.

The parameters influencing the environmental impact of a product are not limited to the raw materials used and the place of production: the packaging and wrapping of the product is just as important. Right from the product design stage, Telenco optimises packaging to limit the quantity and type of packaging materials used.

Eline® kits for pre-wired OTOs for splicing and for DIN rails are available in various sizes. The sizes of the kit are adjusted according to the diameter and type of cable. This optimisation enables larger quantities to be packaged. For example, for an XS kit (indoor cables for lengths of 30 to 90 metres), 288 kits can be stored on a pallet, and the XXS allows 432 kits to be wrapped, compared with 192 for a standard kit.

What is a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)?

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a standardised method (ISO 14040 and ISO 14044) to evaluate the environmental impact of products or services on a global basis and according to multiple criteria. It takes into account all material and energy flows throughout the product's life cycle.

The LCA process consists of three stages: data collection, to find all the information needed at each stage of the product's life cycle; calculation, using software; and analysis, to draw conclusions and identify areas for improvement. Telenco has integrated this expertise by acquiring SimaPro software.

The life cycle of a product

Extraction of raw materials

Choice of raw material and its origin


Manufacturing processes used, places of shaping and assembly


Packaging (size and materials used), delivery methods


Methods and tools used for product installation


Energy consumption (water, electricity, gas, etc.) and environmental emissions

End of life

Treatment technique used when the product is no longer usable (recycling, incineration, etc.)

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