• Energy and water savings along with good environmental quality are the assets to highlight in the operation of the Medtronic building.
  • Medtronic’s certification showcases the good practices that are followed in Costa Rica in terms of sustainability, leadership and proper use of spaces.

Medtronic, a world leader in technology, solutions and medical services, announces that its manufacturing plant in Costa Rica has been awarded the LEED Platinum Certification in the Operations and Maintenance category, granted by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

The Medtronic plant, located in Coyol Free Zone in Alajuela, manufactures devices crucial to thousands of spinal surgeries worldwide. The team that operates the plant currently has more than 500 young professionals, most of whom are precision mechanics. All of them have been key to the demanding process of achieving the LEED certification.

The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification that is distinguished for being one of the most rigorous and difficult to achieve in the world, as it is directed at smart buildings with innovative aspects both in construction and in its operational processes and maintenance.

Among the aspects that are rated to obtain this certification are efficiency in the use of water; saving energy, managing waste and contributing to the atmosphere; the environmental quality inside the building; the materials and resources used, as well as innovation in design and sustainable sites.

“We are very proud of this certification because it represents our commitment to being a leader not only in our field of medical technology but also in our contribution to building a healthy and sustainable future. Our headquarters in Costa Rica is a sign that at Medtronic we are committed to being a good corporate citizen, who likes to do things well and contribute to the efforts in improving the quality of people’s lives, ” stated Alberto Meseguer, Medtronic Plant Director.

It should be noted that LEED certification is a voluntary assessment and is governed by a series of qualifications in the development and implementation of various sustainability strategies in buildings.  As a result, Medtronic earned Platinum in recognition of the high ratings it achieved in all areas.

Among the most important aspects of the Medtronic corporate building in Costa Rica is its water consumption, which works with treated water as well as rainwater harvesting to achieve a decrease in the consumption of the vital resource.

In terms of the electrical system, the corporate building works with intelligent mechanisms that allow electricity savings of up to 25%.  In addition, the vast majority of the lighting in the building is LED technology.

Other innovative aspects to highlight are that both air and natural lighting is used to the maximum, which represents an optimal use of natural resources; in addition, all the waste generated by the operations is properly managed. In essence, all of these initiatives show Medtronic’s commitment to the environment.

Medtronic is on a mission to relieve pain, restore health and extend the lives of as many people as possible.  The LEED certification is a key step in demonstrating that health is intimately linked to sustainability, efficiency, proper use of spaces and green building.

About Medtronic

As a world leader in medical technology, solutions and services, Medtronic improves the health and lives of millions of people each year. They use deep clinical, therapeutic and economic insights to address the complex challenges facing today’s healthcare systems. Take their statement of purpose for healthcare, “Further, Together”. To learn more about how they are taking healthcare “Further, Together”, visit: http://www.medtronic.com