Patient health and safety is our absolute priority in manufacturing medical technology. We have a responsibility to ensure the quality and sterility of our devices, as well as their safe delivery. We also understand the importance of caring for our world and its natural resources and focus our efforts on reducing the energy, water, and waste footprint of our operations and products.
Our global Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Policy establishes our performance management system to set goals, measure progress, and integrate sustainability into decision-making. It also addresses climate change — an issue that presents risks and potential disruption for global business.
We strive to incorporate EHS considerations when designing new products, considering impacts throughout the product life cycle from materials to manufacturing, distribution, and disposal. Our Sustainable Packaging Working Group strives to reduce the environmental impact of product packaging while maintaining our rigorous quality standards to ensure products reach customers in perfect condition. Other efforts include increased recycling to divert unusable products from landfills.
Guided by our Environmental Performance Goals, we proactively manage our operational energy use, greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), regulated and non-regulated waste, and water. To continue reducing our environmental footprint, we established new and aggressive FY25 environmental performance goals that will be measured against a FY20 baseline. In addition, we have set a goal to be carbon neutral in our operations by FY30. To achieve carbon neutrality – and ultimately cut our operations carbon footprint by 100% – we will continue to reduce energy consumption, increase our use of renewable and alternative energy, partner in virtual power purchase agreements (VPPA’s) and invest in renewable energy credits (RECs) and carbon offsets.
By the numbers:
We're committed to reducing our environmental footprint and impact. We surpassed all of our FY20 environmental targets compared to our FY13 baseline, reducing:
This year we implemented 79 energy conservation projects, generated 76,000 MWh of energy onsite, increased our use of renewable electricity by 9 percent, and committed to going carbon neutral by FY30. Energy projects completed in FY20 will save Medtronic an estimated $2.8 million in operational costs.
We continue to work toward achieving our regulated waste goal, which is at a 1% increase from FY13. In FY18, we reduced our regulated waste by 9% compared to the previous year.
We take a holistic approach to make the world a healthier place. This includes managing the energy we consume, the waste we generate, and the water we use.
In FY18 Medtronic made the following strides:
Medtronic scientists and engineers follow EHS guidelines when designing new products. This standardised approach incorporates environmental considerations from the start and helps us meet both regulatory requirements and customer expectations. For example:
Read a summary of our 2020 corporate citizenship progress
Putting Purpose into Action — Promoting Environmental Stewardship (PDF)
The delivery of healthcare has an unfortunate environmental cost: medical waste. Learn how Medtronic is working to reduce, reuse, and recycle the resources we use to make and distribute our medical devices.
Water scarcity is a growing global concern. Conserving water for future generations must be a priority for everyone and that includes us. Learn how Medtronic is making a difference, one drop at a time, one day at a time.
As a global citizen, Medtronic is constantly striving to shrink our environmental footprint by reducing how much energy, water, and other resources we use.
Current efforts range from large, enterprise-wide corporate sustainability initiatives like energy reduction or building an onsite nitrogen generator, to smaller, volunteer-led environmental stewardship efforts at local sites.
Omar Ishrak participates in Business Roundtable #EmbracingSustainability campaign, challenging America's top CEOs to share how they are advancing sustainability.