Acting as proactive stewards of the environment, it is important to demonstrate how we continue to strengthen our current environmental management policies and procedures while planning programs for the future.
Our environmental management programs are designed to systematically monitor and measure the following:
- Electricity consumption
- Water consumption
- Greenhouse gas emissions
- Recycling of generated waste
We make it a priority to engage and create awareness of our environmental programs with our global workforce and valued suppliers. Our goals are to continually reduce energy and water consumption, and to encourage participation in recycling and energy-saving programs.
The environmental management programs at St. Jude Medical make it a priority to understand the impact that our facilities have on the environment. These programs require adherence to global standards and consistent leadership guidance. Periodically throughout the year meetings are held with senior operational leadership to review the environmental management process and help ensure proper resources, objectives and targets are in place to support our environmental efforts.
We continually pursue the certification of our significant manufacturing and distribution locations around the world on the environmental management standard ISO 14001. This internationally recognized certification process creates a strategic platform for compliance and continuous improvement of environmental policies and activity.
Through our rigorous efforts in ISO 14001, we establish internal targets for key environmental indicators and measure performance against these targets. We continue to use ISO 14001 as our standard for planning, control, measurement and improvement.
We will continue to design and modify our facilities based on the principles of sustainable design and lifecycle expense of the supporting equipment. We also work to maintain certification for a number of locations using the internationally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification guidelines. We attained LEED EB (LEED for existing buildings) certification in our facility in Plano, Texas, in 2010, and also achieved LEED “Gold Certification” for our Technology Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2009.
Monitoring and Measuring
Our manufacturing locations each specialize in unique product lines that require different production techniques and processes. As a result, we measure and monitor environmental metrics in absolute amounts to produce a more meaningful comparison of historical data to ensure continuous improvement. Our goal is to enhance the consistency, accuracy and completeness of the information from the ISO 14001 implementation.
Environmental data used in this report are derived from significant manufacturing, distribution and research and development sites at St. Jude Medical as well as our St. Paul, Minnesota, campus (inclusive of manufacturing and administrative facilities) for a total of 21 sites.
In 2015 our water withdrawal includes the volume of water from municipal water utilities, surface and groundwater used for production and by employees. It does not include rainwater that is collected and used at a small number of our sites. Our consumption would be offset by the water we return from our production. The table below represents water withdrawn by St. Jude Medical during 2015 in m3 in absolute terms.
|2015 Water Consumption
Employees at our Belo Horizonte, Brazil, manufacturing facility implemented a number of measures to reduce the site’s water consumption during the latter half of 2015 through a variety of flow reduction, usage and recirculation efforts. Water use from July through December decreased more than 20 percent compared to the same period the prior year.
At our Plymouth, Minnesota, facility, removal of a cooling tower resulted in water savings of nearly 1.2 million gallons (4,542 m3) annually, equivalent to the annual water use of more than 10 U.S. households.
Landscaping changes and irrigation improvements made at our Irvine, California, manufacturing facility over the past three years contributed to a 50 percent reduction in water used per unit.
The table below represents natural gas and electricity usage by St. Jude Medical during 2015 in absolute terms.
|2015 Natural Gas (Therms)
|2015 Electricity (MWh)
Equipment upgrades at our Caguas, Puerto Rico, manufacturing facility resulted in an annual reduction in electricity consumption of approximately 450,000 kWh, equivalent to the annual electricity use of 121 European households.
At our St. Paul, Minnesota campus, recommissioning of the Building Automation System and performance tuning of the HVAC system resulted in annual electricity savings of 270,000 KWh and natural gas savings of 24,340 therms.
Enhancements to our chiller system at our Scottsdale, Arizona, manufacturing facility will save an estimated 300,000 kWh of electricity per year.
Carbon Dioxide Emissions
In an effort to understand our greenhouse gas footprint, we have taken great care to measure, calculate and report our largest sources of Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. We consulted the Greenhouse Gas Protocol published by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Resource Institute for the definition of Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. Appropriate conversion factors were obtained from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID), the International Energy Agency (IEA) and energy source providers (where possible) when calculating our CO2 emissions from electricity and natural gas.
The table below represents Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions by St. Jude Medical during 2015 in absolute terms.
|Total 2015 CO2
||80,864 (metric tons)
||74,219 (metric tons)
||6,645 (metric tons)
Upgrading a compressor at our Woodridge manufacturing facility in St. Paul, Minnesota, resulted in a reduction in electricity use of approximately 280,000 kWh annually. This energy savings will reduce associated CO2 emissions by nearly 181 metric tons annually, the equivalent of removing 38 cars from U.S. highways.
During 2015 we recycled waste across recycling streams that included comingled paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, glass and other materials.
The table below represents the amount of waste recycled by St. Jude Medical during 2015 in metric tons in absolute terms.
|2015 Recycled Waste
||2,080 (metric tons)
We chose to report only the recycled waste amounts. The geographic span of our operations presents some challenges for reporting other waste stream data consistently across every location. While we currently monitor all waste streams, further analysis of the reporting processes must occur before we can normalize the waste data and present meaningful information.
At our Costa Rica manufacturing facility, many of our employees who are not able to recycle at home bring their waste to work where we combine their recyclables with our own. In 2015 this facility recycled more than a metric ton of employees’ household waste. Our Portland, Oregon, facility also encouraged employees to bring in paper, including 20-year-old bank statements and phone records they were storing in their basements, for shredding and recycling.
Implementation of a manufacturing execution system at our Liberty, South Carolina, facility has eliminated the need to print and store more than 850,000 pieces of paper annually.
In 2015, we received the Chelsea Santucci Greenovation Award from Kimberly-Clark in recognition of our plastic glove recycling program at three of our Minnesota manufacturing facilities. These facilities have recycled more than 2 million gloves over the past two years.