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Delivering products with a reduced footprint

Our stakeholders are interested in the environmental footprint of our products and services, encouraging us to reduce impacts wherever possible. 

How we cut waste

Not only do we want to offer excellent medical devices, we also want to produce our products in an environmentallyfriendly way.

Our performance:

- 77% waste recycled included waste diverted to energy

- 4% reduction in landfill waste 

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How we reduce and conserve water

At Smith & Nephew, we challenge ourselves to save water at all of our locations. People and businesses are using up our planet’s fresh water faster than it can be replenished. The availability of fresh water in the areas where we operate varies; in some areas, water is more abundant, while other areas suffer from water scarcity.

Our performance:

- 10% decrease in annual water use

How we reduce emissions

The effects of climate change across the world are evident. From droughts to floods and other unusual weather events, climate change already impacts people’s lives. We all need to take action to use energy responsibly, helping to tackle this global challenge.

Our performance: 

- 7% decrease in carbon dixodie equivalent emissions

- 1% increase in energy use due to increased manufacturing activity 

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At Smith & Nephew, we challenge ourselves to save water at all of our locations. People and businesses are using up our planet’s fresh water faster than it can be replenished. The availability of fresh water in the areas where we operate varies; in some areas, water is more abundant, while other areas suffer from water scarcity.

Sustainability report 2017

Sustainability is better business.

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