Our world’s resources are limited. That’s why we’re maximizing what we have.
Our teams are proactively working to reduce both what we use and what we leave behind. We’re tracking our progress and installing global reporting systems, setting and making progress towards our goals and reducing our use of resources across the company.
Climate and the environment
Climate change is already affecting the air we breathe, the food we eat, and it is exacerbating extreme weather impacting our communities. As a healthcare company, we know that we make choices that affect the health of the planet, and ultimately, human health. That’s why we are continually measuring our carbon emissions and have set reduction goals to reduce our impact. In 2023 we announced that we reduced our carbon emissions by over 20%. Our current goals are:
energy reduction projects implemented at 30 Stryker sites
metric tons of CO2 reduced from projects since 2019
additional annual reduction in emissions through projects implemented in 2022
homes could be powered with the reduction in energy from implemented projects since 2019
To achieve these ambitious climate goals, our strategy includes increasing energy efficiency throughout the organization and utilizing renewable energy.
Continual improvements in energy efficiency will contribute approximately 25 percent to our carbon neutral journey by 2030. Over the past several years, we have committed $20 million in capital investments to reduce emissions. Highlights of projects we have invested in include:
Our pathway to carbon neutrality depends on transitioning from fossil fuel-based to renewable electricity. Currently, 18 Stryker sites are powered by renewable energy, covering 33 percent of our global electricity needs. In Europe, we procure 88 percent of our electricity from renewable sources. In 2022, we announced a new goal for our global sites to be powered by 100 percent renewable electricity by 2027. This electricity will come from a combination of wind, solar, hydroelectric and other sources. Stryker partnered with global clean energy leader Ørsted and with Schneider Electric, a global leader in sustainability and renewable energy procurement, to establish our first long-term renewable power purchase agreement. The Sunflower Wind Farm, operated by Ørsted, is a 200 MW wind project. We expect this 12-year agreement will generate enough wind power to supply 75 percent of our current electricity needs in North America. Construction on the wind turbines commenced in late 2022, and the project is expected to be online by 2024.
La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Renewable procurement mix
Memphis, TN, United States
Certifying our facilities
We recognize that our offices and manufacturing facilities have an impact on the communities in which they are located, and the world's health. By working with accrediting organizations to evaluate and certify the environmental impact and sustainability of our buildings, we commit to protecting natural resources and supporting our employees and their communities. We currently have over a dozen global sites certified to the ISO14001 global environmental standard. The following Stryker locations have been certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a green building rating system; and Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), a sustainability performance rating system:
LEED: Hong Kong, China; Suzhou, China; Freiburg, Germany; Arroyo, Puerto Rico, U.S.; Cary, IL, U.S.; Flower Mound, TX, U.S.; Fort Lauderdale, FL, U.S.; Mahwah, NJ, U.S.; Portage, MI, U.S. (3); San Jose, CA, U.S.; Tijuana, Mexico, Waterdown, ON, Canada
BREEAM: Newbury, Berkshire, U.K.; Venlo, Netherlands; Warsaw, Poland
Triathlon cementless tibial baseplate created using additive manufacturing
Manufacturing our products requires materials, energy and water, and often generates waste as a byproduct. Stryker recognizes the need to focus on sustainable design as a strategic priority and integrate sustainability into our products and packaging. We have made progress in multiple areas:
Stryker’s Sustainability Solutions
The lifespan of many medical products is relatively short; many devices are used only once, leading to thousands of tons of materials sent to landfills each year. As the leading provider of reprocessing in the global healthcare market, Stryker’s Sustainability Solutions business unit is reducing our industry’s impact during manufacturing, use and end of life.
Sustainability Solutions helps reduce healthcare industry waste by reprocessing medical devices that would otherwise be disposed of after a single use, extending the life of these products and reducing material consumption. Sustainability Solutions collects and reprocesses devices spanning thousands of SKUs. Over the past five years, more than 3,000 customers saved approximately $1 billion through reprocessing programs and diverted over 25 million pounds of waste from landfills.
*Data validated September 2021