Environmental Management

Waste Management

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As part of the ISO 14001 environmental management standard, we follow the “reduce, reuse, and recycle” hierarchy to guide our waste management practices. All of our sites have been challenged to reduce waste in their operations, including reducing single-use items in their breakrooms, printing of paper documents, as well as reducing other types of process waste such as metals and chemicals in our production facilities. As a minimum, all of our sites follow local regulations on waste disposal and recycling, but many of our sites have gone the extra mile to offer employees additional opportunities to recycle, including providing drop-off points for textile and shoe recycling, battery recycling, and paper shredding. On electronic waste, we comply with the European Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE), which mandates the collection and recycling of electric and electronic equipment at our sites in Europe.


  • In 2022, in an effort to be more efficient with our resources, we have migrated our phone service to Voice-over-Internet (VOIP) calling. This helped the Company eliminate physical phones, reducing the purchase of electronics, reducing the purchase of supporting server infrastructure, reducing our electricity usage, and reducing our costs.
  • In 2022, across all sites, our teams recycled hundreds of desktops, laptops, printers, servers, and monitors.
In 2021, I was particularly pleased that the DIN ISO 14001 monitoring audit at our sites in Ludwigsstadt and Reichenbach went very well. The positive result shows that our environmental management system is continually improving and lived by all employees.
Horst Enders
Technical Lead of Plant and Building Service

Hazardous Waste

We have detailed procedures for managing hazardous waste at our facilities, aligned with guidelines from the Globally Harmonized System. We also follow local guidelines where relevant, such as the Toxic Substances Control Act in the U.S. and the Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances in China. We recycle hazardous waste through third-party waste management partners.  

Water Stewardship at Novanta

Management Approach

Novanta is committed to reducing water use at its worldwide manufacturing facilities that would lead to improved environmental sustainability as well as cost savings. Through a risk-based approach, we focus our water stewardship efforts in areas where our influence and support can help deliver the greatest impact. Our goal is to reduce the environmental impact of our water consumption and wastewater, and continually make our production processes more water efficient.

While we generally operate in locations where the risk of water scarcity and poor quality are low, we focus our efforts on conserving and reducing water use and improving the quality of the water we discharge from our facilities.

Water Risk Areas

We use the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas (Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas (wri.org) to identify our sites in the high* water-stressed regions and those predicted to be in water-stressed regions based on three dimensions: availability (quantity), quality, and access. This data is used to prioritize and implement site-specific water conservation activities and initiatives. Based on the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, four out of all 45 Novanta sites (less than 10%) are located in areas classified as high risk for water stress.

The table below shows the water consumption in cubic meters at these four sites as well as for total Novanta for the year ended December 31, 2022.

Phoenix, USA
(cubic meters)
El Monte, USA
(cubic meters)
Langfang, China
(cubic meters)
Suzhou, China
(cubic meters)
Total High Water
Stress Sites
(cubic meters)
Total Novanta
(cubic meters)
High Water
Stress Sites
as a % of Total Novanta
2,083 631 881 2,076 5,671 65,714 8.6%

We record and reduce our water consumption at our facilities, with our water management efforts focused on our manufacturing sites and other facilities that generally pose a higher risk to aquatic ecosystems. Through our ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, we adapt our water management practices to local conditions and continually improve our programs to reduce, reuse and recycle water.

*According to Aqueduct Water Stress Atlas, high water stressed areas are defined as geographic locations where the ratio of total water demand to available renewable surface and groundwater supplies is above 40%.

Land Cover & Land Use Practices

Through Novanta’s initial ESG materiality assessment and risk analysis in 2021, we determined that Land Cover and Land Use Practices are not items requiring detailed tracking for Novanta at this time. In the years to come, Novanta will continue to monitor land use practices. 

Physical Risks*

Novanta has worked with our insurance carriers to evaluate the physical risks that may affect our facilities, taking coastal and flood risk areas into special consideration. Through these evaluations, Novanta has maintained appropriate levels of insurance coverage to help minimize the financial consequences of catastrophic events that might occur. In 2022, we have not had any catastrophic physical events that have caused major business disruptions to our facilities. However, there is no assurance that such catastrophic physical events will not occur in the future. Novanta will continuously monitor our physical risks and enhance our risk response action plans as part of our ISO 14001 certification and compliance initiative.
*Risks associated with extreme weather, climate change and other physical impacts.

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