DePuy Synthes achieves platinum standard for sustainability

A laboratory at the DePuy Synthes research & development (R&D) campus in Beeston is the first Johnson & Johnson site globally to gain a sustainability certification for outstanding work in reducing the environmental impact of laboratory space following the successful completion of the My Green Lab Certification Programme.

The site was named a Platinum Level Certified Lab in February 2022 after scoring 79% on the assessment from My Green Lab. The scheme is recognized by the United Nations Race to Zero campaign as a key measure of progress towards a zero-carbon future, and a My Green Lab Certification is considered the gold standard for laboratory sustainability best practices around the world.

Gemma Kurring, Senior Director Knee Development at DePuy Synthes UKI, commented:

“We are delighted that our Leeds site is the first Johnson & Johnson laboratory globally to achieve a sustainability certification by My Green Lab. This is just one small step in our continuous efforts to reduce waste and CO2 emissions – thanks to all the team involved.”

This Platinum certification is a key step for DePuy Synthes towards achieving their local sustainability commitments and contributing towards Johnson & Johnson’s overall climate goals: to source 100% renewable electricity for our global operations by 2025, and by 2030 reach carbon neutrality in our global operations and reduce by 20% our absolute upstream value chain carbon emissions.

The programme conducted a survey of all personnel working in the Leeds Lab and assessed areas such as waste reduction and recycling, resource management, water usage, fume hoods, and cold storage. The report provided the team with opportunities and actionable ways to make meaningful change and improvements before the second and final assessment. On 28 February, the Leeds Lab was awarded a Platinum certificate, meaning that 79% of processes within the Lab met the sustainability criteria.

The St Anthony’s Road site is a world-leading centre of excellence for orthopaedic R&D, with state-of-the-art test laboratories, including a replica operating theatre where R&D teams can watch surgeons working in real scenarios, providing them with the insights to develop new products and services. The Leeds test laboratory supports new product development and marketing claims, utilising an extensive array of equipment including joint simulators, single and multi-axis mechanical testers, motion-tracking equipment, ECG, and metrology equipment.


This post is based on a press release issued by DePuy Synthes