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Systematic environmental management

The health and safety of our employees is the most important asset of our company. With our measures to protect the environment we contribute to a sustainable society.

Health, Safety, Environment – or HSE for short – refers to the systematic reduction of health risks and pollution for people and the environment within the company. The HSE activities at Ivoclar Vivadent are organized according to the principles of a management system to ensure ongoing improvement, further development and the evaluation of performance.

Our environmental management system complies with the internationally recognized ISO 14001:2015 standard. As a result, the company fulfils all the specifications with regard to operational environmental management. We take environmentally relevant aspects into consideration in the planning, management, monitoring and improvement of operational measures and processes. This goes beyond the fulfilment of legal requirements and contributes to the ongoing enhancement of our company’s performance. The Corporate Management is committed to implementing the fundamental HSE principles throughout the entire company. The environmental management system of Ivoclar Vivadent was successfully introduced and certified by TÜV SÜD at the company headquarters in Schaan in 2017. Subsequently it was implemented at the manufacturing facilities in Italy, the US and in the Philippines. It will be introduced at other sites in the future. In April 2020, for example, our facility in Bürs, Austria, will be certified. This brings our performance ratio to 80 per cent. We plan to have all the manufacturing facilities of the Ivoclar Vivadent Group certified according to ISO 14001:2015 by 2021.

Environmental performance

We focus our environmental activities on six key environmental indicators: materials usage, energy, water, land usage, emissions and waste. The following table provides a summary of our environmental track record - at the company headquarters in Schaan (Liechtenstein). Other locations are currently being integrated into the data management system.

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Our energy requirements have consistently decreased over the past few years. Apart from relying on electricity, we also make use of natural gas. Moreover, in 2019 we introduced district heating primarily for our buildings and for our development and manufacturing processes. Since the new power station became operational, we have considerably reduced our consumption of natural gas. State-of-the-art heat recovery technology is further helping us in our efforts to reduce our need for natural gas. The EnAW has been monitoring and recording the reduction in our natural gas consumption since 2018.
 
We are also investing in measures to reduce our fresh water use. The development of local water circulation systems and the optimization of other water-related processes have significantly improved our environmental performance in this respect since 2015.
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