Emissions cut creates savings for Baxter

6 July 2011

6 July 2011 | Adam Leach

Suppliers to the US healthcare and pharmaceutical company Baxter saved the company $231,000 (£144,177), in part by cutting carbon emissions in the supply chain.

In its latest sustainability report, the firm said it had rewarded five vendors for reducing emissions by 162 metric tonnes and saving 7,800 gallons of water as part of five separate schemes under the company’s ‘e-impact program’ (sic). The firm held an awards lunch and provided certificates for the achievement.

One project by Veolia Environmental Services managed the recycling and disposal of 8,600 anaesthetic vaporisers, a piece of equipment attached to an anaesthetic machine. When the devices reached the end of their product life they were collected by Veolia and broken down into their separate components, which were recycled and disposed of. This initiative recycled 87 tons of material, around 90 per cent of the total weight.

Money was also saved by office supplier Staples, who raised the minimum order required from $35 to $50, which allowed the vendor to reduce deliveries to the business and the number of cardboard boxes used by 2,100.

The 2010 report also revealed the company has established an internal network to oversee efforts to increase sustainability across its global operations. The ‘global supplier sustainability council’ is responsible for looking at how best to implement both existing and new sustainability initiatives and meets four times a year.

In a foreword, Robert Parkinson Jr, chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter, said: “Increasingly we are integrating sustainability considerations into our product development, from product planning throughout the product life cycle. We are implementing green principles into our manufacturing and other operations.”

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