Lundbeck promotes environmental responsibility by optimising our manufacturing processes, recycling solvents and reducing our CO2 emissions.
Lundbeck’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Policy describes our approach and ambitions on environmental responsibility. The policy is brought into play by our HSE strategy, our CO2 strategy and our positions on climate change, water, biodiversity and environmental footprint that are available on www.lundbeck.com.
Our HSE strategy ensures that our efforts are prioritised and coordinated to reduce our environmental footprint.
For many years, the strategy has yielded a number of tangible results. As one of our major achievements, we have reduced our CO2 emission by 51% compared to 2006. Another prominent example is the recycling of solvents in our chemical manufacturing processes that eliminate the need for producing and transporting tonnes of new solvents.
Reducing CO2 emissions at the source
At Lundbeck, we have established an ambitious target to reduce our CO2 emissions by 55% in 2020 compared to the CO2 emissions in 2006. We believe that the best way to achieve this is by consuming less energy. It sounds simple and even though we have been at it for years, there are still improvements to make. Our CO2 target has been a determining factor for the achieved results, because it has communicated our ambition so effectively.
In 2015, we continued our successful integrated approach where dedicated teams of engineers and maintenance employees challenge conventional thinking to identify new ways to reduce energy consumption. This resulted in a 3% reduction of our energy consumption and 11% reduction of our CO2 emission compared to 2014. We did not reach our 4% energy reduction target due to changes in the production. We will continue our efforts and have set a 4% energy reduction target for 2016. This will be supported by even more detailed energy mapping and screening from implementing the EU directive on energy efficiency.
Recognised in global benchmarks
Lundbeck has made it a priority to be able to track and report our CO2 emissions. Our efforts were acknowledged by the Carbon Disclosure Project1 in their 2015 benchmarking of more than 4,500 companies. The benchmark rates the companies’ ability to mitigate climate change and manage their CO2 emissions. Lundbeck achieved 98 out of 100 points where the average score for the healthcare sector is 82 points. The sustainability index FTSE4good2 also rated Lundbeck as a strong performer and gave our climate change efforts 5 out of 5 points.
Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
Minimizing the environmental impact of our products is another important objective. Lundbeck is a research-based company, and as such we invent new chemical compounds. Prior to marketing a new pharmaceutical product, we are required to test the product’s environmental properties and impact. The gained knowledge is applied to the design and manufacturing processes with the aim of minimizing the environmental impact. The thorough tests are conducted by external specialists. In 2015, seven eco-toxicological tests were conducted on one of our active pharmaceutical ingredients. Besides meeting these regulatory requirements, we participate in European and national pharmaceutical industry networks to share knowledge and contribute to the development of environmentally friendly processes and technologies. In 2015, we have participated in a working group with the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, which aims to develop future Best Available Technology regulation. In this way we aim to share and gain current knowledge about the environmental technologies we apply.
Purification and reuse replace tonnes of new solvents
At Lundbeck’s chemical manufacturing site in Lumsås we are able to purify solvents by the use of an industrial device. After the purification the solvents can be reused in all processes over and over again. So far, this process has been successfully adopted for the solvents toluene and acetonitrile, and we are currently testing the process on two new solvents. Beside this central purification process, recycling of seven additional solvents is taking place in the local plants, where the solvents are reused in the same production process. During 2015, we recycled 53% of the nine most used solvents. In this way we avoided purchasing approximately 1,000 tonnes of solvents that are resource demanding and costly to produce and transport. Lundbeck will continue to develop our knowledge and recycle solvents as a part of our production process.
|Dedicated to saving energy – two examples|
Many local initiatives are taken into consideration in our continuous work of reducing our energy consumption. At our combined headquarters, manufacturing and research site in Valby (Denmark) two of the most significant energy conservation projects related to optimisation of a server room and our steam boilers. In the server room, the racks were enclosed in cabinets to allow a more focused and efficient cooling. This saves 342 MWh electricity annually, which is equivalent to what 68 households consumes of electricity. In the steam boilers we improved the burning process by adjusting the oxygen control, which saves fuel (city gas) equivalent to 324 MWh per year.
1 Carbon Disclosure Project is an international not-for-profit organization providing the only global system to measure, disclose, manage and share environmental information.
2 The FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices.
The UN global compact environment principles
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
Principle 8: Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
Principle 9: Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies