Corporate Social Responsibility / Planet / Climate Change 

Making Measurable Progress

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Our planet is facing unprecedented environmental challenges that demand creative problem-solving. We are mindful of reducing the impact we have on the climate and work continuously to find ways to improve.

By addressing our energy consumption, carbon output and environmental design, we can make lasting, measurable progress towards managing our climate impacts. We have made a commitment to carbon-neutral manufacturing and key distribution sites by 2030.

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.

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 14 LEED-certified facilities around the globe, representing more than 4.3 million square feet of real estate.