Our environmental footprint

We commit to reducing our ecological footprint with the thinking that it does not make sense to provide our patients with solutions for their diseases, on the one hand, while on the other, destroying the environment they live in.

In 2016, we strengthened our corporate environmental strategy by adopting 3 ambitious and absolute targets aimed at reducing the footprint of UCB’s most significant environmental impacts by 2030:

  1. Reduce carbon emissions by 35% and become carbon neutral
  2. Reduce water consumption by 20%
  3. Reduce waste production by 25%

It is UCB’s goal to develop and produce medicines for people with severe diseases in the most environmentally sustainable way possible. To this end, UCB is determined to meet the ambitions set forth in the Paris Agreement reached at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21), as demonstrated through the signing of the Science Based Targets Engagement Letter.

We believe that our environmental ambition will help driving the transition to a low carbon economy and will address the identified risk that continuously changing and new or emerging regulatory requirements aimed at mitigating climate change, may potentially adversely impact UCB’s compliance status with the applicable regulations and value chain encompassing negative impact upon UCB’s reputation.

Our Green Strategy currently focuses on the activities we can directly control and sets clear, absolute milestones to measure our progress. The expected outcomes of our strengthened environmental strategy include:

  • a reduced environmental footprint;
  • improved employee engagement;
  • reduced operational expenditure; and,
  • reduced exposure to taxation schemes or other regulatory requirements impacting compliance and/or cost of goods.

Our progress in 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 (benchmark year)

2016

2017

2018

Variance 2018/2015

1

As appropriate, a minor restatement of this indicator was made to improve the accuracy and comparability of data.

Scope covered (% employees)

86%

86%

90%

90%

4%

Energy (MegaJoules)

1 137 502

854 906

797 9001

829 248

-27%

Electricity from renewable sources

59%

80%

92%

92%

33%

CO2 emissions (tons)

112 415

94 002

86 965

78 328

-30%

Scope 1 – direct CO2 emissions

37 573

28 415

26 0901

27 508

-27%

Scope 2 – indirect CO2 emissions (market-based)

28 108

10 936

5 888

5 818

-79%

Scope 2 – indirect CO2 emissions (location-based)

 

 

 

20 703

 

Scope 3 – other indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

46 734

54 651

54 987

45 009

-4%

Water (m3)

804 360

704 310

663 359

799 469

-1%

Waste (tons)

9 746

8 713

7 090

6 970

-24%

Waste recovered

95%

97%

91%

92%

-3%

Beyond the scope change, factors which influenced consumption are:

  • increased production and research activities;
  • variations in climatological conditions (with an impact on the need for cooling/heating);
  • implementation of saving programs.
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