Our Path to Net-Zero¹
1 Trajectory to net-zero emissions defined by science-based targets to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across the value chain by 2050 from a 2019 base year.
2 Inclusive of all manufacturing and key distribution sites only.
3 Purchased electricity matched with electricity from renewable sources.
In 2022, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), the predominant third-party, net-zero target assessment organisation, approved our science-based net-zero target, making us one of the first in our sector to do so. This approval will help guide us on a path toward net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across our entire value chain by 2050.
From January 2021 to December 2022, we promised for every four LithoVueᵀᴹ Single-Use Digital Flexible Ureteroscopes utilised in Europe, Middle East and Africa, we will plant one tree in the Boston Scientific Forest.
In fulfilling this promise we have now planted over 15,000 trees across the region. As well as protecting the environment, this collaboration also has the potential to deliver social benefits to the farmers and local communities in terms of food resources and economic opportunities.
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Product stewardship focuses on the environmental footprint of our products at every stage of their life cycle, from design, sourcing (of materials/components), production and distribution to waste disposal and recycling.
In 2022, we finalised the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) guidance and created a focus group to introduce a company-wide LCA methodology. We plan to conduct LCA pilot studies in Urology in 2023 as we further our methodologies.
Packing and Labelling
The company develops packaging and labelling sustainability goals with input from a global steering committee and processes that meet international labelling regulations.
In 2022, we established a dedicated team to develop and share best practices and tools, across all business divisions, that minimise the footprint of our packaging and labelling. Here are some of the highlights: