Minimizing the environmental impact of our operations is essential to promoting healthy communities that thrive on a clean and sustainable planet.
The primary environmental focus areas for Catalent are:
- Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission
- Hazardous and non-hazardous waste generation
- Water use and water quality, particularly as it relates to the presence of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API)
Catalent is committed to reducing its environmental footprint. We track our progress toward four goals (normalized per million dollars of revenue).
Our Standards of Business Conduct commit Catalent to minimizing our impact on the environment, complying with relevant laws, and operating with the required environmental permits, approvals, and controls.
Our management systems help us continuously improve our performance by investing in better, cleaner, and more efficient ways of running our operations. The British Standards Institute (BSI Group) recently awarded Catalent a Global accreditation against the international management standards for environment (ISO14001:2015) and Occupational Safety (OHSAS18001:2007)
REDUCING ENERGY USE AND EMISSIONS
We are focused on reducing the environmental impact of our manufacturing sites, where most of our energy consumption, waste generation, and water use takes place.
Our sites report environmental data through an internal sustainability scorecard. The baseline year for our current environmental reduction plan is FY17. The data guides our environmental strategy and helps our sites improve operational best practices and minimize our footprint on the planet.
Since FY13, our total energy use and CO2 emissions (Scope 2) have increased 48% and 43% respectively, mainly due to business growth through acquisitions. When normalized against revenue, our energy use and emissions have decreased by 3% and 2% from FY17 to FY18, in line with our 5-year rolling target to achieve 15% energy reduction by FY22.
Footnote: Total energy use FY13 to FY18, normalized against annual total revenue. Data is subject to change as Catalent refines its data collection and reporting systems. This data excludes non-manufacturing sites. Three manufacturing sites are not included in the data but will be incorporated in FY19.
Footnote: Total CO₂ emissions equivalents FY13 to FY18, normalized against annual total revenue. Data is subject to change as Catalent refines its data collection and reporting systems. This data excludes non-manufacturing sites. Three manufacturing sites are not yet included in this data collection but will be incorporated from FY19.
Responsibly Managing Our Waste
We continually assess our waste profile, particularly as it relates to API in waste water. Following the most recent review, we have identified the key sites in our network to invest in additional treatment options, including UV-Sequestration, which renders API molecules to less harmful material.
We have also initiated proactive programs to reduce waste form our operations. For example, waste from our Softgel manufacturing operations (gel-net) is often sold for adhesive products. We are currently investigating even more innovative technologies that safely remove hazardous API’s and colored gelatin, minimizing disposal by landfill and enhancing recycling and reuse.
We also celebrated our first company-wide Earth Day in April 2018 where we engaged employees in our environmental efforts.
Environmental Impact of Our Supply Chain
We are active members of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI). a group of companies from the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector dedicated to minimizing the industry’s environmental impacts. Since joining the initiative in 2016, we have collaborated with suppliers, customers, and competitors to drive responsible supply chain management and better business across the pharmaceutical sector.
Our efforts in Winchester, KY
There are a variety of energy efficiency projects taking place at our Winchester, KY site, from replacing existing facility lighting with energy efficient LEDs (resulting in 75% less energy use) to installing a ManageAIR software system to monitor and control air compressors. The site is also installing occupancy sensors to control lighting in all office areas.
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