In 2019, we broke ground on our newest manufacturing plant in Limerick, Ireland. During our property selection process, we conducted a thorough evaluation of environmental risks, including those related to cultural artifacts, protected wildlife and storm water run-off impacts. This manufacturing plant is designed to be LEED Platinum certified and nearly all energy will be renewably sourced to ensure we uphold our commitment to minimize our impact to the environment.
Also in 2019, we officially opened our state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Cartago, Costa Rica, which has grown to almost 700 employees, with an additional 500 planned headcount before the end of 2020. Our new 25,500 square meter manufacturing plant is being designed to uphold Costa Rica’s environmental reputation and Edwards’ commitment to promote this eco-friendly image. In fact, almost 100 percent of the energy used to operate our new plant is derived from non-fossil fuel sources, including hydroelectric and thermal sources of energy, which helps us drive down the impact of climate change. Technology for the disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes also allows for waste-to-energy (WTE) recovery during incineration. Our Costa Rica plant is in the process to become LEED certified.