The Thales Gemalto Recycled PVC card aims to replace first-use plastic in banking cards.
It’s made of post-manufacturing material that comes from different industries such as packaging and printing. As a result, it contributes to reducing the use of first-use PVC by 85%.
#4. Thales Gemalto Carbon Offset Programme
The Thales Gemalto Carbon Offset programme helps companies compensate for the carbon footprint of their cards in a comprehensive way.
Thales works to minimise the carbon footprint of all its products and services. We then partner with leading consultancies, auditors and non-governmental organisations (NGO) to offset what remains through the use of a variety of carbon mitigation programmes around the world, such as the Acre Amazonian Rainforest scheme in Brazil.
Our customers are welcome to enroll in this programme too. As a result, our cards are not only carbon neutral but also feature a carbon-neutral logo to demonstrate their green credentials to your customers.
More and more clients are climbing on board and taking action to protect the environment. Will you be next? Join us, and together, let’s make a positive impact!
What is Thales commitment to the environment?
Thales’ global environmental policy aims to manage our overall environmental impact.
So not only do we ensure eco-friendly delivery of our products, but we also embrace green manufacturing practices, as the ISO 14001 certifications of all our significant sites testify.
We also promote eco-friendly design at every stage, from product conception to re-engineering.
This process covers the product's environmental impact, such as resource consumption and emissions during manufacturing to waste and end-of-life disposal.
The way you manage a card’s end-of-life disposal has an impact on environmental practices.
Many people wonder what to do with old credit cards, how to dispose of them, or even destroy them once they reach end-of-life or when they need to be renewed.
The good news is that we can definitely help you to find the right solution for your customers.
Thales' role is to facilitate your end-of-life cards management by acting as an intermediary between you and our partner recycling companies.
We’ve started working with a long-term partner in Europe to recycle banking cards. This involves recovering the energy from the plastic through incineration.
The metal in the cards is also recycled and then sent for use in other industries, such as jewellery and electrical circuit manufacturing.
This is hugely beneficial, as it means 0% of these materials end up in a landfill.
Additionally, we aim to recycle these materials in Europe to mitigate the carbon footprint of the bank cards even further. We’ve also developed next-generation products where we’ve put recycling at the heart of the design process.
This includes removing unnecessary components – such as the magnetic stripes or the signature panel – to make recycling possible. It also means working on a simplified colour design for the cards.
Swedish pioneer of sustainable payment cards, Doconomy is yet again leading the way with a card which comes with mono colour printing, a light signature panel and no magnetic stripes. It’s not only an eye-catching design but also a way of putting recycling at the heart of card production.
Card recycling is undoubtedly a challenge for many banks, but with rapid advances happening all the time across the sector, there’s a real opportunity to drive change.
With consumers increasingly expecting companies to be environmentally friendly, Thales can provide you with a complete set of tools that enables you to build a consistent and sustainable card offering that proves your green credentials and counters any claims of greenwashing.
Thales implements processes to accelerate dematerialisation
Our services help to reduce the excessive and unnecessary production of the bits of paper– such as personalised card carriers, inserts and PIN mailers – that usually go hand in hand with delivering and activating cards, as well as enabling you to share information with your cardholders and access comprehensive online reporting solutions.
The Thales Gemalto card carrier compiler tool enables banks to manage advanced carrier design and implement frequent online content updates. Put simply, it enables you to scale down the number of leaflets you need to bundle with each card.
Thales also offers complete card PIN code management. Our innovative and secure solution provides an interactive experience for cardholders and a seamless move to digital. Plus choosing a paperless PIN management and distribution solution lowers your carbon footprint and supports your corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.
For EMV cards issuance, you can monitor your card production and personalisation via Thales’ web portal, with electronic invoicing available on request. The entire process is paperless and brings agility to managing cards batches of any size.
For EMV cards customisation, Thales offers an online personal picture service for your artwork. Cardholders can be issued with a card unique to them while you maintain a paperless and environmentally friendly production chain.
Thales has already delivered millions of eco-friendly cards and services around the world to more than 25 customers.
Doconomy revisited the green credit card approach putting the user at the heart of the green payment strategy.
Mediolanum launched the new sustainable card made of PLA to reduce PVC use of more than 80% in payment cards.