Fisher & Paykel Healthcare - doing the right thing through CEMARS
Operating in a highly regulated industry, it is essential that Fisher & Paykel Healthcare adopts the highest international standards when it comes to environmental performance. Enviro-Mark Solutions’ CEMARS programme is a great fit, ensuring transparency and credibility through alignment with international best practice in carbon emissions measurement and verification.
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare is a New Zealand based designer, manufacturer and marketer of respiratory care devices and systems. It employs more than 4,000 staff across 120 countries and is publicly listed on the NZX.
Sustainability forms a key part of Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s values.
“Our commitment to doing the right thing is what we think our customers will find most compelling,” says Megan Wakefield, Energy Engineer.
“One of our core values is also relationships, in which we call out ‘care for the environment’ as a very important driver behind our company ethos.”
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare has been CEMARS certified for the last six years, which means they have measured their carbon emissions, set out an emissions management plan and been independently audited every year to verify their carbon footprint.
They have also found the guidance, tools and framework that come with being part of the CEMARS programme has streamlined their data collection across multiple sites and countries. The E-Manage software tool gives them a common template to send out to their global team, and allows them to collect quality data back the first time.
Emission sources, challenges and next steps
As a New Zealand-based company with global operations, air freight and business travel are Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s largest emission sources.
Over the past year, their planning team has focussed on shifting their freight from air to sea as much as feasible. The team is also consulting with multiple internal stakeholders to find a sustainable solution to reducing business travel and looking at how to replicate their successful Auckland energy management system at their Mexico site.
For companies on the climate action journey, Megan’s advice is to keep things simple. “Over the last six years, our key learning was to focus on doing one thing well before trying to expand the scope out to cover everything.”
CEMARS Certified organisations
(Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme)
This certification is awarded to companies that are actively working to measure and manage their carbon footprint.
To achieve CEMARS certification, an organisation must measure their organisation’s full greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (also known as a carbon footprint) so they understand what their impact is on the global climate. They measure all operational emissions required under the international standard for carbon footprints, ISO 14064, including vehicles, business travel, fuel and electricity, paper, and waste. The emissions are measured annually and the inventory is independently verified to ensure it is accurate and complete. Once they have measured their footprint, the organisation must develop plans to manage and reduce their emissions continually. As part of achieving CEMARS certification, the organisation needs to achieve emissions reductions on a five year cycle.