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Caring for the Planet

Progress on our Green Goals

Progress on our Green Goals

In recent years, UCB has embarked on several local and global initiatives to embed our goals within our operations and across our value chains. In 2020, these included:

  • Achieving our first BREEAM ‘green building’ certification (very good) for the new restaurant at our site in Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium. UCB is committed to achieving BREEAM ‘Excellent’ level for all its new or significantly refurbished affiliate buildings and facilities. For manufacturing buildings, we aim to at least meet the BREEAM “Very good” level (or equivalent in LEED certification framework for U.S. and Asia).

  • Initiated an AIR to OCEAN program to help reduce the environmental footprint of transporting both our raw materials and finished goods.

  • Receiving the European Carton Excellence Gold Award for our Clinical Trial Supplies (CTS) Vials Packaging platform. 

  • Joining the newly-created Belgian Alliance for Climate Action (BACA), aimed at promoting the use of Science Based Targets.

  • Progressively switching our fossil gas supply to biogas.

In 2020, we significantly extended the scope of our environmental key performance indicators. The energy data and corresponding ‘scope 1’ CO2 emissions data now fully include UCB’s global car fleet, while ‘scope 3’ CO2 emission data also include the footprint of UCB’s Global Supply Chain. In addition, data is also reported for “fuel and energy related activities” and Business Air travel (scope 3)[1] .

These initiatives have contributed to the ongoing progress made since we set our benchmark in 2015. Since then, we have seen a 19% reduction in energy consumption, a 30% reduction in water withdrawal, and a 38% reduction in our waste production. Our Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) related to activities we control directly were reduced by 60% compared with our benchmark year (2015), considering that COVID-19 had a significant impact on the GHG emissions due to reduced car fleet and business air travel. 

This places us in a strong position to continue reducing GHG emissions for operations we control directly and to achieve our ambition of becoming carbon-neutral by 2030. However, as all targets set are absolute, continued efforts will be needed in the next decade to ensure this outcome, particularly given the expected growth and critical internalization of our operations in years to come.

  • 1 “Fuel and energy related activities” and Business Air travel (scope 3) data were pre-assured with the aim of being fully assured in 2021.