Fresenius Medical Care’s Global Environmental Policy summarizes the company’s approach to the environment across our worldwide operations. In the policy, Fresenius Medical Care commits to business practices that promote environmental protection and minimize any adverse impact of the business on the planet.
As an example of the global environmental efforts, Fresenius Medical Care established climate targets in 2022 — committing to become climate neutral by 2040. To reduce the company’s impact on the climate, they have established a plan for the years ahead, and by 2030 Fresenius Medical Care aims to reduce direct and indirect emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by half as compared to reported emission levels in 2020. A 10.5 percent reduction in Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions footprint has been achieved in 2022 compared with 2021.
In 2022, we shared our commitment to the environment through the announcement of our global climate targets. As a transition activity toward our global climate goal development, in the U.S. we purchased and retired 250,000 MWh worth of Green-e Certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for 2022 to reduce our carbon footprint, amounting to about 86,000 metric tons CO2e equivalent.
In 2018, we installed solar panels on seven of our centers. With these solar panels, we have access to energy data that shows us how we are operating most efficiently and helps us optimize our operations. Increasing our reliance on renewable energy sources will play a key role in helping us achieve our climate goals.