Our world’s resources aren’t unlimited. 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 for manufacturing and looking at our use of resources across the business. We’re also partnering with our customers to reduce what is left behind in landfill waste and grow resources that will help the planet, like national forests.
Climate and the environment
Climate change is real. As a healthcare company, we cannot ignore the intricate connection between the health of our planet and human health. We are committed to examining our carbon emissions and setting reduction goals. Currently, we are evaluating the risks and opportunities we face and plan to share more in our 2020 report.
Concurrently, we have been making strides to improve our carbon footprint. We have recently executed a renewable energy power purchase agreement to supply all our electricity needs in Ireland in addition to continued use of renewable energy for our sites in Germany. Across our manufacturing locations, approximately 15% of our electricity use is generated by renewable sources.
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. An improved performance score from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a B rating, reflects the success of our efforts to date.
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. 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 thousands of trees to help restore the Ochoco National Forest in Oregon and the Coconino National Forest in Arizona. This year, we are on track to plant over 80,000 trees!
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.
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