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Medical and Life Science Leaders Join Green-e Marketplace With Renewable Energy Purchase

posted by William R. Stott
Published: March 25, 2009

Center for Resource Solutions announced that BD Medical's Sandy, UT facility and Millipore Corp. have jointed the Green-e Marketplace after purchasing a total of 49,000 MWh of Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy, enough to power their facilities for an entire year. Each company has been granted the use of the Green-e Marketplace Certified logo to demonstrate its environmental leadership.

"Along with improvements in energy efficiency, the single biggest impact companies can have in reducing their environmental footprint is purchasing their electricity from clean, renewable resources," said CRS Executive Director Arthur O'Donnell. "BD Medical's Sandy facility and Millipore Corp. have shown their voluntary commitment to reducing their own contribution to climate change and building a clean domestic energy infrastructure by buying certified renewable energy."

BD Medical is one of three business segments of BD. The Sandy facility joined Green-e Marketplace after purchasing Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy to meet 100% of its annual electricity needs. It purchased 39,000 MWh from Rocky Mountain Power's Blue Sky Energy program, which sources from wind resources. It is using the renewable energy purchased to manufacture safety-engineered devices including the BD Insyte Autoguard Shielded IV Catheter and BD Nexiva Closed IV Catheter System.

"We wanted to find an environmentally sustainable way to manufacture two of our innovative medical devices, and using renewable energy is a simple, effective way," said Cal Alexander, VP of Worldwide Manufacturing at BD Medical in Sandy. "By purchasing renewable energy certificates that were Green-e Energy certified, we were sure that our money was helping build the market for new renewables." Billerica, Massachusetts-based Millipore Corp.

purchased 10,000 MWh of Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy from 3Degrees to offset 100% of the electricity use in its Temecula, CA; Anderson, CA; St. Charles, MO; and Danvers, MA-based facilities.

"Purchasing Green-e certified renewable energy is a key part of our strategic energy strategy, which includes such areas as auditing, metrics, efficiency, and demand/response," said David Newman, Director, EHS & Sustainability. "It was important to us that our RECs were certified and verified because our employees and customers are scientists and engineers who pay careful attention to environmental claims. They demand clarity and precision in environmental labeling and communications."

Green-e Energy provides independent, third-party certification to ensure certified renewable energy products meet strict environmental and consumer protection standards, including ensuring products are sourced from verified new facilities built to serve the voluntary market; not double-counted; and retired on behalf of the purchaser. By joining Green-e Marketplace, BD Medical in Sandy, UT and Millipore Corp. are submitting to auditing procedures that verify their purchases, allowing them to use the Green-e Marketplace Certified logo.

For more information: Green-e Marketplace, www.millipore.com/sustainability, http://www.bd.com/