1 Scope of reporting

Planet data are consolidated for all manufacturing, research and development sites, HQ, and affiliates from Brazil, China, India, Italy, Japan, Germany, Mexico, Russia, and U.S. This scope covers 90% of UCB’s workforce, compared to 86% in 2015 (benchmark year).

Scope changes in the last years:

  • 2015: Startup of the bioplant in Bulle (Switzerland) and divestiture of the Kremers Urban operations including production site in Seymour, IN (U.S.).
  • 2016: Divestiture of the production site in Shannon (Ireland)
  • 2017: Consolidation of 2 additional affiliates: Brazil & Russia.

The footprint of Beryllium in Boston, MA (U.S.), acquired in 2017 and employing 50 employees, and Element Genomics in Durham, NC (U.S.), acquired in 2018 and employing 15 employees, is not yet included in this report.

In the GRI Sustainability Indicators section is stated for each (environmental) indicator whether UCB’s level of reporting covers the GRI reporting requirements in full or in part.

The following observations have been made during the data validation and consolidation process:

  • In Atlanta (U.S.) and Monheim (Germany), facilities are rented to third parties and there are no separate utility meters installed. As a result, consumption is overestimated for which the impact cannot be reliably measured.
  • The 2017, direct CO2 emissions for natural gas consumption is calculated considering the high or low heating value. As of 2016, conversion factors published in the Bilan Carbone guidelines, version 7.51 are used. Previously, conversion factors published in the intergovernmental panel on Climate Change 2006 Guidelines for national Greenhouse Gas inventories and the U.K. Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2013 Government GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting: Methodology Paper for Emission Factors were used. The new factors were chosen in order to be consistent with a CO2 mapping exercise completed by UCB in 2015 and based upon the Bilan Carbone methodology.
  • Scope 1 CO2 emissions do not (yet) include emissions from UCB’s car fleet.
  • Considering the growing percentage of electricity being generated from renewable sources, CO2 emissions resulting from electricity consumption were calculated on market-based CO2 equivalents of the electricity mix consumed as reported by the UCB sites. When for a given site a specific ratio was not available, location-based ratios published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) 2018 were applied. In the GRI Sustainability Indicators section location and market-based emissions are both reported. Conversion factors used to calculate the CO2 emissions caused by business travel by air take radiative forcing into account.
  • A total of 92% of waste generated by UCB is recovered and the methods by which waste is recovered are classified according to Annex B to the EU directive 2008/98/EU.

The other indirect GHG emissions (scope 3) reported under GRI indicator EN17 relate to domestic and international air travel performed by UCB employees working in 30 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South-Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, U.K. and U.S..

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