Our world’s resources are limited. That’s why we’re making the most of what we’ve been given.
With this in mind, 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 goals and looking at our use of resources across the company.
Climate and the environment
Climate change is real. As a healthcare company, we know that we make choices that affect the health of the planet, and ultimately, human health. We are committed to measuring our carbon emissions and have set reduction goals.
Our current goals are to:
20% reduction in carbon emissions for all Stryker facilities* 2019-2024
Carbon neutral for all Stryker facilities* by 2030
We recently executed a renewable energy power purchase agreement to supply all of our electricity needs in Ireland in addition to continued use of renewable energy for our sites in Germany. Across our manufacturing locations, 19%* of our electricity use was generated by renewable sources in 2020. Read more about our energy and carbon goals in the 2020 Comprehensive Report and find an update on our progress in our 2020 Energy and carbon supplement.
Our efforts also have included identifying and implementing energy reduction opportunities, including Building Management System enhancements, LED lighting, equipment upgrades and conducting energy audits to identify areas of energy conservation opportunities. We have replaced existing manufacturing floor lighting with LED retrofits/occupancy sensors in Mahwah, New Jersey, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Cary, Illinois and other sites. Since 2019, we have implemented energy efficiency projects that have reduced our carbon emissions by more than 3,000 tons. Other site-specific upgrades include:
• Tullagreen, Ireland: Utilized reject heat from site chiller process to offset natural gas usage. Offset 85 percent of natural gas consumption at this site and reduced over 200 tons of carbon emissions.
• Arroyo, Puerto Rico: Installed new air handling units and resin dryers, and modified the reheat coils modulation. The annual carbon emission reduction is estimated to be over 220 tons.
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 13 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:
At Stryker, resource efficiency is considered in our own buildings and beyond them. We continuously grow our commitment to smart, sustainable healthcare and facilitate positive environmental impacts through the advancement of multiple initiatives, including our reprocessing programs.
Medical waste is inevitable, and still ends up where most waste does —in landfills. Our reprocessing programs make it possible for hospitals to significantly reduce their environmental impact. Utilizing our advanced collection system, single-use devices are collected at the hospital and regularly shipped by Stryker staff to the reprocessing facility. The devices are cleaned, inspected, tested and sent back to the hospital, avoiding unnecessary landfill waste.
But we don't stop there.
Once a hospital achieves its annual collection goal for certain devices, we make a donation to the National Forest Foundation (NFF). Each participating facility can earn up to 150 planted trees. The NFF chooses the tree planting location, prioritizing areas that are in greatest need based on environmental concern.
Since the inception of the program, we have donated over 130,000 trees to help restore National Forests in Oregon, Arizona, West Virginia and Georgia.
Reprocessing programs deliver immense value to U.S. hospitals, but it takes a hospital staff to make them a success. Engaged staff members are key to growing device collections, and every time they place a device in a bin, they're doing their part and proving their commitment to a better, more sustainable world.
Together with our customers and NFF, we're keeping more waste out of landfills, putting more trees in the ground and being more efficient with the resources we've been given.
*Data validated September 2021
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