Commitment to Carbon Neutrality

ZAP Surgical Systems’ Commitment to Carbon Neutrality by 2045

At ZAP Surgical Systems, we recognize the urgent need to address climate change and reduce our environmental impact. As a leader in stereotactic radiosurgery, we are committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2045. Our pledge includes the following key actions:

  • Reducing Emissions: We will continuously assess and minimize our carbon emissions across all aspects of our operations, from manufacturing to distribution.
  • Renewable Energy: We will transition to renewable energy sources for our facilities, aiming to power our operations with clean energy.
  • Innovation: We will invest in research and development to create more energy-efficient products and technologies.
 

ZAP Surgical Systems demonstrates its commitment to sustainability by integrating environmentally friendly practices into the core design of the ZAP-X system. This commitment is evident in several keyways:

No Vault

One standout feature of the ZAP-X system is its self-shielding technology, which eliminates the need for radiation bunkers. Unlike traditional radiosurgery and radiotherapy systems that require extensive concrete bunkers – resulting in around 100 metric tons of CO2 emissions during concrete production. For the ZAP-X all radiation shielding is part of the robot itself. This approach substantially reduces the devices’ carbon footprint, where the total CO2 emissions are only a quarter of what other systems need just for the bunker. Furthermore, many components used in the ZAP-X serve dual purposes, providing structural support to the robot while also acting as shielding, maximizing overall efficiency.

No Cobalt-60

From a sustainability perspective, the ZAP-X system offers distinct advantages over systems reliant on cobalt-60 as a radiation source:

Reduced Radioactive Waste

The ZAP-X does not rely on radioactive isotopes like cobalt-60, which are used in some radiosurgery or radiotherapy systems. Cobalt-60-based systems generate radioactive waste, demanding careful disposal and long-term storage. Managing such waste is costly and poses environmental and safety risks.

Energy Efficiency

ZAP-X employs a linear accelerator that is more energy-efficient compared to cobalt-60 systems. Linear accelerators utilize electricity to generate high-energy X-rays beams, while cobalt-60 machines depend on a continuous supply of cobalt-60 sources that require frequent replacement. The production and transportation of cobalt-60 sources consume energy and resources, contributing to higher operational costs and environmental impact.

In summary, ZAP Surgical Systems’ commitment to sustainability is clearly reflected in the design of the ZAP-X system. It eliminates the need for radiation bunkers, avoids the use of cobalt-60, reduces environmental impact, minimizes radioactive waste, and promotes energy efficiency in the field of radiosurgery, all without compromising on its effectiveness as a medical treatment tool.