We are reducing our energy usage and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by transforming our manufacturing processes, switching to renewable resources and energy-efficient equipment, making smart transportation choices, and conducting energy audits.
Reducing Energy and Emissions
Transforming Our Manufacturing
Our world class Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) program increases resource productivity across all sites, which helps us reduce our energy use, waste, and emissions. Our VaPro Catheter improvement initiative, which is part of our OEE program, streamlines our manufacturing process to make the same product in fewer steps.
Using Solar Power
In our Bawal, India manufacturing facility, we’ve installed 330KWp solar power panels, which provide 15 percent of the total power the plant consumes. The remaining portion comes from its electricity supplier (80 percent) and diesel generators (5 percent). The solar panels save almost $100,000 in annual energy costs. The facility is one of the top users and producers of solar power in its community.
Electric Energy from Renewable Resources
Over the past six years, Hollister associates in our manufacturing facility in Ballina, Ireland have implemented more than ten energy-reduction projects. Our associates have increased the total amount of waste it converts to energy from 5 percent to 90 percent – keeping it out of landfills and creating clean energy.
Since 2018, the facility has sourced 100 percent of its electrical energy from renewable sources. It has a goal of reducing energy use and waste by 2 percent each year (normalized to production output).
Updating Our Systems
Our Mt. Juliet, Tennessee distribution center in the United States serves as a model for how we are updating our existing systems to improve our energy, heat, and water consumption.
Whenever possible, we choose transportation options that use less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gases. We opt for ground, railway, and sea shipping over air, if service is not impacted. Our primary global parcel provider is FedEx, which retains the most rigorous environmental standard certification – ISO 14001:2004.
About 30 percent of our manufacturing and distribution centers conducted energy audits in the past five years. While our facilities have varying levels of energy efficiency, at a minimum, they all comply with government regulations.