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Every day we are seeing how the effects of global climate change threaten peoples’ ability to live healthy and prosperous lives. We believe that people can only live their healthiest lives on a healthy planet. We aim to use sustainable business practices to minimise our environmental footprint by finding innovative ways to reduce our operational carbon footprint, cut our waste and water usage, and build sustainability into our products.
The continuation of current levels of global carbon emissions will alter the planet. Our teams across the world are working to reduce our energy use, invest in renewables, and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions intensity. This work also includes creating climate-resilient operations for the future and supporting communities recovering from climate-change-induced natural disasters.
–Greg Smith, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain and Operations, Medtronic
Reducing our waste and water use
Many important resources are becoming scarce. To do our part to diminish this trend, we strive to uncover ways to reduce our dependence on scarce materials at points in our supply chain. At the same time, we are discovering new and innovative ways to reduce our water usage and waste.
Improving the sustainability of our products
Linear manufacturing processes and consumption patterns often lack consideration of product life cycles and can contribute to the acceleration of global environmental decline. To minimise waste and extend product life cycles, we look for ways to optimise how our products are designed, built, used, reused, recycled, and disposed of.