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Environmental consciousness and sustainable practices have come to represent a growing and important aspect of doing business across industries, including the healthcare, medical devices and life science sector.

These industries are adopting strategies to enable forward-thinking efforts and initiatives to ensure that they can reduce their environmental impact and meet societal goals for sustainability and transparency.

What is sustainability today?

While the word “Sustainability” is commonly used in relation to the environment, the United Nations definition, “Meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” speaks to a much broader concept. Sustainability is about creating meaningful economic, environmental and social value, today and in the future. Healthcare has a direct role in sustainability, referenced by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 3: “Good health and wellbeing.” The challenge for the healthcare industry is to achieve this goal while also having a positive impact on the other goals for people and the environment.

The significance of sustainable practice in making medical devices and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Shining a light on the manufacture of medical devices and PPE reveals the significance of thinking about sustainability. The healthcare and life science sectors currently consume a large number of single-use products every day. This makes these sectors intensive consumers of energy and resources and currently leads to significant quantities of waste. Some consumption is essential, for example surgical, examination and PPE gloves are integral to hygiene and infection and contamination control. Glove manufacture is currently energy and water intensive. But with ambitious and action-oriented goals, glove manufacture can be decoupled from resource constraints and aligned with the low carbon economy.

Taking measurable action toward sustainability

Companies like Mölnlycke Health Care, a leading global provider of high-quality healthcare solutions, have recognised the urgency of embracing sustainability and have made it a core component of their strategy. Sustainability for Mölnlycke comprises three focus areas: adopting a green mindset, including embracing the UN Paris Agreement objectives to reduce the effects of climate change; creating and maintaining value adding responsible relationships with all stakeholders from customers, to patients, employees to suppliers; and conducting business in an ethical and compliant manner. 1

Mölnlycke has recognised the opportunity to secure its future growth and competitiveness through the transition to a low-carbon economy and therefore measures its GHG emissions across its entire value chain (Scope 1, 2 and 3). Mölnlycke has committed to a reduction in its absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 50% by 2030, compared to the 2016 baseline, supported by a transition to 100% fossil-free electricity by end of 2024 and continuous absolute energy consumption year-on-year reduction as well as fossil-free heat sources transaction. As Scope 3 GHG emissions cover more than 80% of its total emissions, the company has also set targets on its indirect activities, such as purchased goods and services, transportation, application and use of our products, and end-of-life. These targets have been submitted to the Science Based Targets initiative for validation mid June this year.

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Source: Cleanroom Technology

Date: 23 January

Posted in News on Jan 23, 2024

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