Sustainability

Reducing CO2 emissions and costs through the circular economy

Using ground-breaking remanufacturing processes, we extend the product life cycle of medical devices to enable a more sustainable healthcare system. We conserve natural resources, thus protecting the planet. Our remanufacturing processes for catheters generate 50% fewer carbon emissions than the production processes of a new device.

Our challenge

The Earth is home to more than seven billion people, and its population is projected to rise to 10 billion by 2050. Waste, CO2 emissions and climate change pose existential threats to Europe and the rest of the world. We all have an obligation to reduce our impact on the environment to protect this planet for generations to come.

The healthcare sector is responsible for more carbon emissions than the aviation industry and the shipping industry

5%

The health sector accounts for 5% of Germany’s raw material consumption

4.4%

The healthcare sector is responsible for 4.4% of global carbon emissions

2 gt

The global healthcare industry produces two gigatonnes of CO2 each year

514 cfpp

The global healthcare industry’s climate footprint is equivalent to that of 514 coal-fired power plants

71%

71% of the healthcare industry’s emissions derive directly from its supply chain

A new social awareness of the importance of a sustainable and climate neutral economy have ushered in a new era for healthcare. Sustainability will be a crucial criterion for commercial success in the future. The EU’s Green Deal, which plans to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030,will also significantly impact the healthcare sector. The road to a greener healthcare system is signposted by resource efficiency, environmental protection and waste reduction.

Our mission

We have set ourselves the goal of enabling and strengthening the circular economy within the medical device sector. Economical and sustainable medical provision is only possible if valuable raw materials are used responsibly in the manufacture and use of complex medical devices.

Our solution

As an innovative remanufacturer, we have an essential part to play in the circular economy by making single-use medical devices reusable. Through our advanced remanufacturing processes, we extend the product life cycles of single-use devices and enable a circular economy within the healthcare sector. We reduce the demand for new devices, thereby lowering the environmental impact of the healthcare industry overall. We empower hospitals and clinics to operate in a more sustainable and forward-looking manner.

Medical remanufacturing also reduces the need for the transportation of raw materials from developing countries to original equipment manufacturers. Our remanufacturing processes for catheters generate 50% fewer carbon emissions than the production processes of a new device.

Vanguard is the sustainable choice:
Fraunhofer UMSICHT recently completed a groundbreaking study that compared the resource efficiency and environmental impact of the production of a virgin catheter to a remanufactured catheter by Vanguard.

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