GreenQuest Sustainability Policy
We believe that protection of the environment is a critical business objective. We are committed to the conservation of resources and the minimization of any negative impact our operations and facilities may have on the environment. Our program includes:
- An Enterprise EHS Policy
- An EHS Management System
- Standard EHS Programs
- Enterprise EHS Goals
The 4 key elements that drive our sustainability program are:
- Pollution prevention: We will minimize waste generated in our operations by process improvements and focused recycling effort.
- Energy efficiency: Sourcing and Use – We will include renewable energy in our sourcing of energy when cost-effective and feasible. We will use energy efficiently and make efforts to improve efficiency through technology and renovation.
- Fleet conservation: We will utilize technology to improve our ground fleet efficiency thereby reducing carbon fuel use and the associated greenhouse gas emissions.
- Strategic sourcing: We will take environmental impact into consideration when making decisions about the materials and services we purchase in order to reduce consumption of natural resources, and decrease waste and emissions.
Our Sustainability Program Goals and Actions
- We will consolidate the majority of East Region lab operations into a new LEED-certified lab by 2022 which will reduce Regional Lab energy use by ~25% while increasing capabilities. Construction on the new hallmark laboratory began in 2018 and currently we are scheduled to occupy the new lab in 2021.
- Through site consolidation, we will reduce utility use in our Patient Services division by 3% by 2021. Since 2016 we have downsized or consolidated numerous Patient Service Centers (PSC) to reduce our square footage while increasing the number of patient visits. Through 2019, we have reduced our PSC total footprint by 3.4% over our 2018 baseline.
- Many of our facilities operate 24 hours a day to process the tests required by patients and doctors. With lights illuminated continuously, any lighting upgrade can have a tremendous impact on the environment and our employees. In 2019, Quest completed 5 LED conversion projects at facilities around the country in which we upgraded or replaced fluorescent lighting with energy-efficient LED lighting, which reduced energy consumption by 3.8M kilowatt-hours.
- Our commitment for 2020 was to evaluate our lab testing platforms for improved efficiency and impact, establish a baseline, publish an energy/water reduction goal for the affected instruments, and begin to roll out a lower-impact solution. In 2019, we completed the evaluation of a standard system to consolidate our enterprise immunoassay platforms. The Phase 1 facility improvement, instrument installation and validation were also completed. The national enterprise rollout of the standard platform began in 2020. Given the impact of the global pandemic, 2020 goals have been put on hold until the emergency subsides.
- Help organizations ensure compliance with regulatory standards
- Improve their environmental performance
- Provide a competitive advantage and gain the trust of stakeholders and
- Achieve strategic goals by incorporating environmental issues into business management
Recognition of our Efforts
By the Numbers
|OSHA total incident rate (incidents per 100 FTE)||1.98||1.81|
|Square Footage of Facilities||10,194,888||9,958,293|
|Indirect energy (TJ) per 1M test requisitions||6.4||6.7|
|Direct energy (TJ) per 1M test requisitions||8.3||8.6|
|Scope 1 CO2 Emissions (Metric tons) per 1M test requisitions||526.8||548.5|
|Scope 2 CO2 Emissions (Metric tons) per 1M test requisitions*||580.1||664.4|
|Scope 3 CO2 Equivalents (Metric tons) per 1M test requisitions||278.7||281.5|
|Water consumption (thousand cubic meters) per 1M test requisitions||5.35||5.54|
|Biohazardous Waste (MT) per 1M test requisitions||55.8||55.8|
|Chemical Waste (MT) per 1M test requisitions||16.1||15.6|
|Recycling (MT) per 1M test requisitions||33.5||35.7|
US EIA’s Commercial Building Energy Consumption Surveys (CBECS) data and EPA’s Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGrid) were used to estimate utility usage and related emissions factors for some small locations when not available from other sources. Coverage of the data is 100% of US operations.
Our EHS Policy
- Comply with all legal, customer and company requirements
- Provide a safe work environment for all employees
- Continuously improve our safety performance to reduce employee risks
- Continuously improve our environmental management program to identify environmental objectives
- Utilize pollution-prevention opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of our operations