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Reducing total water withdrawn through Edwards’ operations and being responsible about impact on water sources.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 approximately 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. 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 experienced no change from 2010 to 2016 despite significant growth and expansion of manufacturing activities and square footage.

Water Conservation Initiatives

Edwards is committed to limiting water usage for manufacturing needs and maintaining employee facilities. Each of our facilities implements 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. While our normalized water consumption has increased by 19 percent since 2011, we still aim to reduce our usage by 15 percent by 2020 from our 2015 baseline.

Our Water Performance

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Relative Water Consumption for Global Manufacturing Sites (1,000 Liters/Millions of Sales)
122.3 116.0 167.8 143.1 143.4 145.9
Absolute Water Consumption for Global Manufacturing Sites (1,000 Liters)
205,259 220,446 345,642 309,620 357,888 432,549

Water Consumption at Global Manufacturing Sites

Location 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Water Consumption at Global Manufacturing Sites (Liters)
Anasco 30,985,778 34,241,452 47,656,843 52,012,000 52,826,000 45,338,000
Haina 26,835,489 22,643,510 31,753,809 37,917,000 52,438,000 53,145,641
Horw 4,687,000 4,816,000 4,912,000 4,940,000 4,498,000 4,491,000
Singapore 27,838,100 29,974,477 66,687,610 69,164,300 85,452,200 94,885,000
Draper 9,673,020 13,407,922 34,800,410 34,307,080 34,709,578 37,843,809
Irvine 105,239,545 115,362,847 159,831,628 111,279,557 127,964,213 196,844,993

Our largest water impacts occur at our Irvine and Singapore manufacturing operations. In 2016, 40 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

Related Resources

EHS Annual Report
Sustainability Targets
By 2020, reduce our environmental footprint according to Edwards’ Environmental, Health and Safety plan.
Strengthen Our Communities
Highlight Story
Edwards Aids in Conservation Efforts with Storm Water Harvesting Tanks
To protect potentially contaminated storm water run-off and help conserve water, Edwards installed two, 30,000-gallon underground water harvesting tanks on our campus’ Central Park in Irvine, California. The tanks collect approximately 32,000 gallons per inch of rainfall. In 2016, we collected about 1,500,000 liters of water, based on 12.48” of rainfall that year. The water is then reused for our own landscaping.
DEFINITION