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In 2013, we continuously expanded our environmental activities. In Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, TÜV-certified environmental management is part of the integrated management system. At the end of 2013, eight European production sites (2012: seven) and our medical device development department were certified according to ISO 14001.

We work on designing our products and processes to be as environmentally compatible as possible by employing new materials with improved environmental properties, pushing the development of new technologies that further reduce the resource consumption of our dialysis machines, and, not least, by using energy and raw materials efficiently in production. In 2013, we continued our “Comparative Life Cycle Assessment project”, which links together information about product design, production resource efficiency, logistics, and use of the products in dialysis. The project mainly sources its data from internal environmental reporting and product specifications, as well as from external ecological balance sheet databases. The aim of the project is to calculate and compare the ecological performance of different product groups for dialysis concentrates. The assessment will enable us to highlight environmentally friendly products in dialog with our customers and to provide sound product information concerning the environmental impact of concentrates. The knowledge will also be applied to the development of new products.

We further implemented our environmental program in Europe and Latin America, with the aim of improving environmental awareness and environmentally responsible behavior, enhancing knowledge relating to strategic and operational environmental issues, improving our eco-efficiency, and reinforcing measures to control environmental risks, and ensuring that environmental regulations are complied with. Those goals are measured by a number of environmental objectives for the individual stages of the value chain, e. g., R & D, logistics, or at our dialysis clinics. We set environmental improvement targets for production sites. For example, we aim to recycle or thermally recover at least 85% of production waste by 2015. In 2013, we exceeded our targets for reducing electricity consumption and minimizing waste ahead of schedule.

We developed key performance indicators for energy use and consumption of raw materials in order to demonstrate the eco-efficiency of our production processes. This has allowed us to identify further potential in an already largely optimized production process. We also introduced an energy management system as per ISO 50001 in St. Wendel, which we will expand to all German sites in 2014. We believe that the nationwide introduction of energy evaluation for all processes and systems will help us identify further opportunities to cut costs and develop appropriate implementation measures.

One of our central concerns is to further reduce the environmental effects of dialysis treatments in a resource- and cost-efficient manner. We are succeeding in doing so by using environmentally sound dialysis products and by building eco-friendly dialysis centers. We gather data on our eco-efficiency, such as our water and energy consumption, and on waste disposal in 497 of our European, and 126 of our Latin American, dialysis clinics. Our goal is to establish over time a comprehensive environmental data management system. We are able to compare the ecological efficiency of clinics on a monthly basis, and quickly identify potential for improvement.

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