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Environmental responsibility

Environmental programme

Haemodialysis treatment is a resource-demanding treatment, requiring 300 - 600 litres of water, creating 0.8 - 1.4 kg of infectious waste and consuming 7 - 19 kWh of electricity per treatment.

The success of dialysis as a therapy has a growing ecological and economic impact. The dramatic growth in the number of patients has been accompanied by numerous medical and technological advances which have further increased the environmental burden of dialysis.

Together with the European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association, Fresenius Medical Care has launched the “Go Green in Dialysis” initiative. It brings together specialists including nephrology nursing experts, dialysis technicians, quality management and environmental leaders.

The "Go Green in Dialysis" initiative has now developed a set of standard environmental guidelines for dialysis. The aim of the project is to increase the awareness for environmental topics among dialysis centre staff. The guidelines explain the general challenges of environmental management and address the topics of waste, water and energy consumption.

In 2007 Fresenius Medical Care management set up the first Environmental Programme. Its aim is to give further emphasis to this important aspect of our services. As a result, maximum consumption targets for water, electricity and contaminated waste have been defined at treatment level to further reduce the environmental burden in our NephroCare dialysis centres.

If you are interested in learning more about one of our environmentally-friendly dialysis centres please see Environmental sustainability: Terrassa.

Environmentally friendly products

Fresenius Medical Care has been working for years on making its products and processes more environmentally friendly. The results include the development of products and materials such as the recyclable Biofine film or the continuous improvement of production processes to increase resource efficiency.