facilities have adopted new recycling programs in operating rooms and other
patient care centers. Emory has teamed with medical technology company
Stryker and medical and hazardous waste company Stericycle to achieve its
goal. Stryker has placed bins in every OR to collect used equipment, while
Stericycle has collected plastic and cardboard material, often used to package
sterile and surgical medical equipment.
Hospitals looking to achieve LEED certification can get help from LEED for
Healthcare, which provides medical facilities with a roadmap to save energy
and reduce waste.
For more information, visit www.usgbc.org. Also visit the Practice
Greenhealth website, www.practicegreenhealth.org, for more tips on going
Ansell, a global leader in protection solutions, recently announced another milestone in its efforts to fuel a greener world through the completion of
its second bio mass boiler at the Ansell factory complex in Biyagama, Sri
Lanka. Over the past decade, Ansell has dedicated significant resources to
the creation and implementation of green programs and initiatives throughout its factories, with the goal of minimizing its impact on the environment.
“This project represents another step forward in Ansell’s business
strategy to conducting business ethically, transparently, and in ways that
produce social, environmental, and economic benefits for communities
around the world,” says Steve Genzer, Senior Vice President of Global
Operations at Ansell. “We would like to thank the government of Sri
Lanka for its continued support, and the more than 4,000 Ansell employ-
ees who are the driving force of implementing these green programs.”
The new boiler has a capacity of 12.5MW and will be the largest
hot water boiler in Sri Lanka. Ansell Lanka already has a 10.5MW
boiler installed at its premises, which reduced CO2, emissions by
11,000 MT per annum. From 2004 to 2012, CO2 emissions have
been reduced by 36 percent across all of Ansell’s manufacturing
facilities, with the global CO2 emission rate from 2013 to 2014 alone
reduced by 6 percent. The company anticipates the reduction of a further 14,000 MT of CO2 emissions annually as furnace oil consumption will now be reduced to the bare minimum.
The announcement is part of the Company’s Green Productivity program,
focused on energy management, and implemented within manufacturing
operations across Ansell. Energy management at Ansell focuses on achieving
the most efficient and effective use of energy and simultaneously reducing
greenhouse gas emissions. Programs that have been implemented include the
installation of equipment to recover energy from flue gas emitted from boiler
chimneys as an energy source to heat water, the installation of energy efficient
equipment to provide chilled water for manufacturing site cooling systems,
and the conversion of fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.
Some of the programs in place that Ansell will continue to invest in, include:
• Water Use Reduction: Eliminating post processing production
steps; installation of ‘low flow’ equipment in facilities; and waste
water recycling and water usage optimization.
• Raw Material Reductions: Online washing, drying, and powdering on dipping lines; waste and raw material reduction through
new equipment and process designs; and new equipment retrofits to reduce changeover and start-up waste.
• Energy Reduction: Process simplification; alternate curing technologies; and alternate energy sources.
• Productivity Improvements: Process automation improvement
on production equipment and reduction of the footprint of new
Ansell Works To Fuel A Greener World