Edwards Lifesciences’ work to manage Water supports our Aspiration to Strengthen Our Communities.
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.
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
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
|Relative Water Consumption for Global Manufacturing Sites (1,000 Liters/Millions of Sales)|
|Absolute Water Consumption for Global Manufacturing Sites (1,000 Liters)|
Water Consumption at Global Manufacturing Sites
|Water Consumption at Global Manufacturing Sites (Liters)|
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.