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Energy & Emissions

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Energy Use

G4-EN5
Energy Intensity

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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

G4-EN19
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 produced by our corporate headquarters in Irvine, California. 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%

9%

0%

Solar

0%

0%

0%

0%

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, CA
  • 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, UT

Edwards identifies efficiency initiatives to save time, energy and money as we expand. For instance, at our Anasco, Puerto Rico, location, we will implement 30 projects by the end of 2017. These include improving building management systems, 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.

At our Irvine, California, campus we generate approximately 85,000 kwh per month from a rooftop solar energy generation system. In 2017, we will complete the installation of an additional 1,800 square meters of solar panels, doubling our generation capacity. All solar energy is provided directly back to the public utility grid. For simplicity in reporting, we do not offset our total usage by the solar energy generated in Irvine.

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 approximately 11,000 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 20 high-capacity electric vehicle charging stations, 18 at our Irvine campus and two at a satellite campus, 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 2016, Edwards grew revenue by 105 percent and doubled the size of our Singapore operations. Over this period, our absolute energy consumption increased 26 percent. However, we measured a 31 percent reduction when normalized for revenue. In addition to minimizing our environmental impacts, this progress has resulted in $5.9 million of savings (normalized to growth) when compared to 2010. Our 2020 goal is to maintain a zero percent change in relative energy consumption.

This year, we recalculated our energy consumption and emissions to include total manufacturing and non-manufacturing emissions. We applied this methodology retroactively and restated previous years’ data.

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Relative Energy Consumption (Mwh/Millions of Sales)
47.75 44.19 46.15 39.35 37.81 36.51
Absolute Energy Consumption (Mwh)
80,181 83,953 94,420 91,415 94,306 108,206


Direct Scope 1 and 2 emissions include greenhouse gases (GHGs) for manufacturing and non-manufacturing operations. These calculations account for operations powered by natural gas, propane, gasoline and diesel fuel as well as on-site combustion. To calculate Mt CO2e for manufacturing, we referenced DEFRA 2014 guidelines. For non-manufacturing direct emissions, we used the EPA guidelines on modelling natural gas emissions based on cubic feet of space.  

To calculate indirect Scope 1 and 2 emissions, we used utility invoices for manufacturing locations (approximately 90 percent of our emissions) and EPA calculation guidelines for non-manufacturing locations (approximately 10 percent) to calculate Mt CO2e.

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Relative Scope 1 & 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Tonnes/Millions of Sales)
20.09 18.58 19.42 16.90 16.22 15.71
Absolute Scope 1 & 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Tonnes)
33,738 35,311 39,739 39,252 40,454 46,556

Employee Commuting

In 2016, 40 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.

2016 Worldwide Employee Daily Commuting Profile

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

GHG Emissions from Employee Business Commuting

  • Air
  • Salesforce

GHG Emissions from Employee Personal Commuting to/from Work

  • Individual Vehicle
  • Bus
  • Rail/Train
  • Motorcycle

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 Singapore, Edwards provides coach service to and from work for 1,990 employees or 95 percent of its local workforce. By 2020, our goal is to maintain a zero percent normalized change in energy and greenhouse gas emissions.

Our Aspirations

Strengthen Our Communities


Material Topics

Related Resources

EHS Annual Report
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
Edwards’ New Life Is Now Center Receives LEED Gold Certified Rating

In spring 2016, Edwards held a ribbon cutting ceremony for our new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified state-of-the-art headquarters, the Life is Now Center (LINC). LEED is a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage market transformation towards sustainable design. LEED buildings provide numerous benefits, including but not limited to, emissions reduction, water conservation, storm water management, waste reduction, improved indoor air quality, and a healthier work environment.

 

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