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SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

Energy & Emissions

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Energy Use

G4-EN5
Energy Intensity

G4-EN6
Reduction of energy consumption

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Scope 2 GHG emissions

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Scope 3 GHG emissions

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GHG emissions intensity

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Reduction of GHG emissions

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Emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODS)

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NOx, SOx, and other significant air emissions

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Edwards Lifesciences’ work to manage Energy and Emissions supports our Aspiration to Strengthen Our Communities.

Definition
Reducing energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions generated throughout Edwards’ value chain, reducing the release of fine particulate matter into the air and toxic air emissions, improving energy efficiency and sourcing renewable energy

MANAGEMENT APPROACH
ANNUAL PERFORMANCE

Management Approach

Edwards Lifesciences is committed to reducing our environmental footprint. Although we are a relatively low-energy manufacturer, we continually strive to decrease our consumption of energy and fossil fuels. We promote conservation practices that help build a future where all patients can live healthier and more productive lives.

Our Energy & Emissions Footprint

Edwards’ primary source of greenhouse gas emissions is our indirect and direct energy consumption. Approximately 75 percent comes from purchased electricity, with the majority coming from our corporate headquarters in Irvine, Calif. We attribute the remaining 25 percent of our energy use to natural gas, diesel fuel, propane and gasoline in manufacturing processes. Our Anasco and Irvine facilities consume over 70 percent of this total, primarily for backup energy generators, and space and water heating.

Fuel Mixture of Electricity Usage at Global Manufacturing Sites*

 

Anasco

Draper

Haina

Horw

Irvine

Singapore

Oil/Coal

99%

64%

0%

1%

8%

4%

Natural Gas

0%

14%

100%

0%

44%

92%

Wind

0%

8%

0%

1%

9%

0%

Hydro

1%

6%

0%

59%

95%

0%

Solar

0%

0%

0%

1%

2%

0%

Other

0%

9%

0%

38%

28%

4%

*Edwards estimates emissions for our non-manufacturing locations based on industry averages for electricity and natural gas usage. 

Conserving Energy

Edwards focuses most of our energy reduction efforts on electricity conservation. By making efficiency improvements at manufacturing operations, we have a low rate of energy increases when compared to company growth. Examples of conservation initiatives at our facilities include:

  • A 556 KW Photovoltaic Solar Energy Power System on our parking structure in Irvine, Calif.
  • Motion sensors for lighting at our Singapore operations
  • Installation of LED lighting to replace fluorescent lights in Horw, Switzerland
  • Installation of occupancy sensors, energy meters and a high-efficiency chiller system at our facility in the Dominican Republic
  • Replacement of fluorescent light fixtures with LED lamps in Draper, Utah

As we expand, Edwards identifies efficiency initiatives to save time, energy and money. For instance, at our Anasco, Puerto Rico location we will implement 30 projects by the end of 2017. These include building management system improvements, eliminating lighting transformers and installing more efficient chilling systems. In other instances, Edwards reduces our direct energy consumption by purchasing electric powered vehicles for maintenance personnel. We also plan to complete a cost-benefit assessment for alternate and renewable energy opportunities by 2020. 

Employee Commuting Initiatives

Edwards’ greatest opportunity to reduce our indirect greenhouse gas emissions is through travel. Our corporate team frequently travels via airline and our sales team operates a fleet of vehicles. Further, we have 9,500 employees commuting to and from work daily.

At our headquarters, Edwards provides secure bicycle parking along with showers and locker rooms to encourage bike riding. We offer 90 preferred parking spaces for employees driving Clean Air Vehicles (such as hybrids or full electric vehicles) or who carpool with two or more employees per vehicle. Additionally, our parking structure provides 12 high capacity electric vehicle charging stations at no cost to employees.

Annual Performance

Part of Edwards Lifesciences’ vision for advancing patient care includes taking responsibility for our impacts along the way. Though demand for our therapies has rapidly expanded, we have reduced energy consumption relative to our growth.

Our Energy & Emissions Footprint

From 2010 to 2015, Edwards grew revenue by 72 percent and doubled the size of our Singapore operations. Over this period, our absolute energy consumption increased 26 percent. However, we measured a 27 percent reduction when normalized for revenue. In addition to minimizing our environmental impacts, this progress has resulted in $2.5 million of savings (normalized to growth) when compared to 2010. Our 2020 goal is to maintain a 0 percent change in relative energy consumption.

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Relative Energy Consumption (Mwh/Millions of Sales)
44.6 40.6 37.9 40.1 34.2 32.6
Absolute Energy Consumption (Mwh)
64,515 68,147 72,011 82,700 79,037 81,439

In 2015, our total greenhouse gas emissions were 25 percent lower than our 2010 baseline when normalized by revenue. Our 2020 goal is to maintain a 0 percent change in carbon dioxide emissions intensity from a 2015 baseline.

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Relative Scope 1&2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Tonnes/Millions of Sales)
16.9 15.2 14.1 15.2 13.4 12.7
Absolute Scope 1&2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Tonnes)
24,414 25,567 26,809 31,253 30,915 31,608

Employee Commuting

In 2015, 35 percent of our workforce took advantage of our alternative transportation options. These included carpool and public transportation incentives, electric vehicle charging stations and employee bus services.

2015 Worldwide Employee Daily Commuting Profile

  • Individual Vehicle
  • Bus
  • Rideshare Passenger
  • Motorcycle
  • Electric Vehicle
  • Telecommuting
  • Bicycle
  • Train
  • Walking

GHG Emissions from Employee Commuting

  • Air
  • Bus
  • Rideshare Passenger
  • Motorcycle
  • Electric Vehicle

Reducing Our Footprint

Edwards takes a balanced approach to managing energy and emissions. We are committed to decreasing absolute impacts as soon as possible considering our continued growth. For example, as Edwards expanded our Singapore facility, we limited impacts by meeting our new efficiency requirements for all construction projects. Also in 2015, we installed a one million KW solar panel system and 40 free electric vehicle charging stations for our employees. By 2020, our goal is to maintain a 0 percent normalized change in energy and greenhouse gas emissions.

Our Aspirations

Strengthen Our Communities


MATERIAL TOPICS

SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS
By 2020, reduce our environmental footprint according to Edwards’ Environmental, Health and Safety plan.
Strengthen Our Communities
SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS
Complete cost/benefit assessment for alternate and renewable energy opportunities by 2020.
Strengthen Our Communities
HIGHLIGHT STORY
Our Living Wall
Edwards’ focus on innovation encompasses all that we do, including our environmental initiatives. We’ve constructed one of North America’s largest Living Walls on a parking structure at our Irvine, Calif., headquarters. The wall provides 3,500 vertical square feet for soil-less plants that naturally thrive under low water conditions. We installed a smart controlled irrigation system that catches and stores excess water underground for reuse. Furthermore, we deliver plant trimmings to a nearby mulching facility and repurchase the mulch for use across our campus.
 
In addition to aesthetic appeal, the low-maintenance wall saves energy and reduces noise pollution. It protects the building from sun damage, rain and temperature fluctuations. Every day, it serves as a reminder to our Irvine employees of Edwards’ commitment to preserving and respecting our planet.
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