Environment
SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

Water

G4-DMA
Management approach

G4-EN8
Water withdrawal

G4-EN9
Water sources significantly affected

G4-EN10
Water recycled and reused

G4-EN22
Water discharge

G4-EN26
Water bodies significantly affected

G4-DMA
G4-EN8
G4-EN9
G4-EN10
G4-EN22
G4-EN26

Edwards Lifesciences’ work to manage Water supports our Aspiration to Strengthen Our Communities.

DEFINITION
Reducing total water withdrawn through Edwards’ operations and being responsible about impact on water sources

MANAGEMENT APPROACH
ANNUAL PERFORMANCE

Management Approach

Most of Edwards’ water usage is for our manufacturing processes. We are conscious of the need to monitor our consumption as climate changes cause water availability to shift. This means collaborating with our facilities across the globe to reduce water usage in our manufacturing and daily work.

Our Water Footprint

Edwards’ facilities are relatively “dry” and do not require substantial amounts of water for manufacturing. We track and report consumption from our main manufacturing plants. With 3,000 employees on site, our Irvine campus has the largest impact. Approximately 70 percent of this consumption comes from operating equipment and cleanroom processes, while we use 30 percent for personal hygiene and consumption. We report impacts from an additional 2,000 regional employees at leased facilities by averaging typical water usage per person each year.

Overall, our water intensity has increased by eight percent from 2010 to 2015, which reflects a substantial expansion of manufacturing activities and square footage at our Singapore operation. However, the island of Singapore generates most of its water through desalination or reverse osmosis, and 30 percent of Edwards’ consumption is high-grade reclaimed water from the Singapore Public Utilities Board.

Water Conservation Initiatives

Edwards is committed to limiting water usage for manufacturing needs and maintaining employee facilities. Each of our facilities implement unique conservation strategies based on regional differences in water availability. These initiatives include:

  • Two 30,000 gallon underground stormwater run-off collection tanks used for landscape irrigation
  • Hands-free sinks and low-flush toilets
  • Draught tolerant natural plants in landscape design initiatives

Annual Performance

Edwards minimizes our environmental impacts as we experience rapid growth. From 2010 to 2015, our water consumption increased 8 percent, normalized by revenue. However, by 2020, we have set a target to reduce usage 15 percent from our 2010 baseline.

Our Water Performance

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Relative Water Consumption for Global Manufacturing Sites (1,000 Liters/Millions of Sales)
132.1 122.3 116.0 167.8 143.1 143.4
Absolute Water Consumption for Global Manufacturing Sites (1,000 Liters)
191,145 205,259 220,446 345,642 309,620 357,888

Water Consumption at Global Manufacturing Sites in 2015

Location

Water Consumption (Liters)

Anasco

52,826,000

Draper

34,709,578

Haina

52,438,000

Horw

4,498,000

Irvine

127,964,213

Singapore

85,452,200

Our largest water impacts occur at our Irvine and Singapore manufacturing operations. In 2015, 30 percent of water consumed by our Singapore facility came from reclaimed wastewater. We also incorporated water requirements into all facility expansion and construction projects. In recognition of these efforts, Edwards received a Water Conservation award from the Singapore Public Utilities Board.

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
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.
DEFINITION