Corporate Social Responsibility / Protecting the Environment / Climate Change 

Making Measurable Progress

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Our planet is facing unprecedented environmental threats that demand creative problem-solving and bold actions. We are mindful of reducing our climate impact and set initial goals in 2017 to make measurable progress, including achieving carbon neutrality in all our manufacturing and key distribution sites by 2030. Building on this foundation, we are expanding our climate ambitions to do more to support a healthier world for all.

We are proud to join the United Nations Race to Zero and Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign. In doing so, Boston Scientific commits to set a science-based target through the Science Based Targets initiative that will put us on a trajectory to achieve net-zero emissions across our entire value chain by 2050. We will share our targets as we define them and regularly report on our progress.

By focusing on the science, and working together, we can do more to protect our planet and humanity from the worst effects of climate change.

Graph representing : 67% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2009
67% reduction in GHG emissions since 2009 as of 2020
Graph representing: 42% of Boston Scientific real estate is green – representing +3.8 million square feet
42% of Boston Scientific real estate is green – representing +3.8 million square feet as of 2020

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 minimizing 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
  • 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.

2013-2030: Ramp to Carbon Neutrality

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We take our role in addressing climate change seriously. For that reason, we have committed to achieving carbon neutrality in all of our manufacturing and key distribution sites by 2030. Carbon neutrality refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions associated with our manufacturing operations and purchased energy by balancing the amount of carbon released with an equal amount removed or compensated.

We also work to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as those from electricity and natural gas consumption, across our manufacturing and distribution facilities.

LEED facilities

LEED Facilities

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized certification program for the environmental performance and sustainable design of buildings. Boston Scientific has 15 LEED-certified facilities around the globe.