Environment

We all depend on the environment and its natural resources. Therefore, we strive to live and work in harmony with nature. To commit to a green earth, we focus on three fields of action: Employee Awareness, Operational Environment Management and Product Lifecycle Management.

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Living in harmony with our environment

Environmental Awareness Month

During the month of June, Olympus employees go green and experience how little, individual steps of action can make a big difference for the environment. Over the course of the month, employees are invited to try out environmentally friendly products (such as electric cars), receive tips about everyday sustainability, and sample other services and activities. We hold a photo competition in which employees can submit photos on the topic of “environment”.

Take a look at the 2017 winners of the photo competition here, and get an impression of activities enjoyed over the course of the month:

To achieve this goal, we optimise the energy efficiency of all our operational processes.

Furthermore, we make efforts to reduce water consumption and minimise the use of chemicals with a high greenhouse gas impact. All the energy used at the Olympus Europa headquarters and at the Olympus Surgical Technologies Europe sites already comes from renewable sources. With our new Olympus Surgical Technologies Europe manufacturing complex and the new Olympus Campus, we aim to reach the “German Gold Standard” – a further milestone in terms of energy efficiency.

Furthermore, Olympus is participating in the Carbon Disclosure Project, a global disclosure system that enables companies to measure and manage their environmental impact. Companies can voluntarily take part in it. Through our participation in the project, here at Olympus we are striving to obtain a top “Level A” ranking among the participating companies. Key success factors for a top ranking are:

  • completeness of energy data reporting and
  • improvement of energy efficiency.

We are using a specific monitoring tool named Green Globe to gather our environment data for this project. The tool helps us to stay on the right track, creating a reliable basis of information for continuous improvement.

Global CSR website

Lifecycle product management

One of our goals is improving our ecological balance throughout the entire value chain. We pay great attention to selecting the right raw materials and make sure that steel waste, for example, is melted down for re-use. We strive to develop innovative, long lasting, re-usable products to minimise our ecological footprint and improve our ecological balance throughout the whole value chain. Our packaging is either recyclable or made from renewable sources.

Industrial Batteries

As a producer of industrial batteries under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, we KeyMed (Medical & Industrial Equipment) Ltd produce Lithium batteries. We are obliged to take back free of charge, waste industrial batteries supplied to an end user for treatment and recycling. We are required to do this in any calendar year we place new industrial batteries on the market. If any of our customers or in certain cases other end users, require us to take back Industrial batteries, they should contact us on 01702 616333. We will agree the necessary arrangements for the return, proper treatment and recycling of the waste industrial batteries.