Corporate Social Responsibility / Protecting the Environment / Climate Change

 

Making Measurable Progress

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Our commitment to improving the lives of patients calls for protecting the planet we all share. That means confronting climate change and challenging ourselves to meet ambitious environmental goals.

We were one of the first medical device manufacturers to pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 20301 in all manufacturing and key distribution sites, and using the Boston Scientific Global Energy Management System (GEMS), we are on track to meet this goal. In 2021, Boston Scientific expanded our climate action goals by joining the United Nations Race to Zero and Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign. By making this commitment, we build on our strong foundation and begin to establish ambitious science-based targets that will set us on a path toward net-zero carbon emissions across our entire value chain by 2050.

As an important milestone in our journey to net-zero, our emission reduction targets have been approved by the SBTi. This makes Boston Scientific one of the first companies in the Healthcare Equipment and Supplies sector to have net-zero, science-based Scope 1, 2 and 3 targets verified under the SBTi Net-Zero Standard.  Through collaborations and partnerships with suppliers and customers we will work together to advance meaningful change for a healthier planet.

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As of July 29, 2022, the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) approved the Boston Scientific science-based net-zero target and near-and long-term emission reduction targets:

Overall Net-Zero Target

Boston Scientific Corporation commits to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across the value chain by 2050 from a 2019 base year.

Near-Term Targets

Multinational U.S. healthcare and equipment supplies company Boston Scientific Corporation commits to reduce absolute Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions 46.2% by 2030 from a 2019 base year. Boston Scientific Corporation also commits to reduce Scope 3 GHG emissions from Purchased Goods & Services, Capital Goods, Fuel & Energy-Related Activities, Upstream transportation & Distribution, and Business travel GHG emissions 55% per USD value added within the same timeframe.

Long-Term Targets

Boston Scientific Corporation commits to reduce Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 97% per USD value added, equivalent to 90% absolute reduction, by 2050 from a 2019 base year. Boston Scientific Corporation also commits to reduce Scope 3 GHG emissions 97% per USD value added within the same timeframe.

1Inclusive of all manufacturing and key distribution sites only (Scope 1 and 2).

Global Energy Management System

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To ensure we meet our energy reduction and carbon neutrality commitments, we use a Global Energy Management System (GEMS) established in collaboration with the National University of Ireland, Galway. The system focuses on minimising energy use, converting to renewable energy sources instead of fossil fuels and compensating with carbon-offset projects where needed.

To achieve these goals, we established the following targets:

  • 50% renewable electricity by 2021. We surpassed this goal by achieving 73%.
  • 100% renewable electricity by 2024
  • 90% renewable energy by 2027
  • Carbon-neutral manufacturing operations by 2030
The GEMS process complements local energy management efforts with performance indicators and is implemented by a global energy team with representatives from each of our manufacturing sites.
Graph representing : 67% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2009
68% reduction in GHG emissions since 2009 (Scope 1 and 2)1
1Inclusive of all manufacturing and key distribution sites only
Graph representing: 42% of Boston Scientific real estate is green – representing +3.8 million square feet
46% of Boston Scientific real estate is independently certified for energy efficiency by industry-leading bodies such as LEED for design and ISO 50001:2018 for building operations, representing 4+ million square feet
 
 
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Distributing products in EMEA

Our medical devices are dispatched to hospitals in EMEA and around the world from our key distribution centre at Kerkrade, the Netherlands. All of the site’s electrical power is sourced from European wind farms and purchased carbon compensated natural gas, resulting in significant decarbonisation of the energy use at the site. We are proud to be recognised as leaders in sustainable logistics since 2018 by Lean & Green, Europe’s leading programme in this area.
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Sustainable manufacturing practices

Our manufacturing sites located in Clonmel, Cork and Galway, Ireland achieved ISO 50001:2018 energy management certification in 2019. This is a key milestone in Boston Scientific’s journey to carbon neutrality and ensures continual improvement in energy efficiency in our operations.
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognised certification programme for the environmental performance and sustainable design of buildings. Boston Scientific has 16 LEED-certified facilities around the globe, including our Clonmel and Kerkrade facilities in EMEA.
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