As our production and manufacturing increase to meet customer demand, we make it a priority to mitigate our environmental impact by identifying and implementing measures to help reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions resulting from our facilities, transportation and other aspects of our operations. Beyond our Southern California manufacturing facilities, we have expanded our product manufacturing capabilities to our European headquarters in Amersfoort, Netherlands. There, we constructed a manufacturing facility with state-of-the-art equipment and manufacturing processes, allowing us to ship our products directly to European customers while reducing our carbon footprint.
In 2018, Applied Medical's GHG emissions decreased by 11.5% compared to 2017, due to decreased use of natural gas. Comparatively, from 2013 to 2018, our emissions increased 46%, mostly attributed to electricity, natural gas and team member commuting.
Applied Medical designs, develops and manufactures our products in-house, without outsourcing, as part of our vertically integrated business model. By directly controlling and localizing our processes, we avoid freight-related emissions typically associated with outsourced manufacturing.
Applied Medical has installed electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at our campus in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, providing team members with the opportunity to charge their personal vehicles at work and promoting sustainability among commuters.
Our Amersfoort, Netherlands, facility utilizes a thermal heating system to heat and cool our building, reducing GHG emissions by 91% in the summer compared to traditional temperature control systems.