Environment

Introduction

Last year was a critical year for focusing minds on the environment. The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report called for “rapid and far-reaching” transitions if we are to prevent serious consequences of climate change. There is a job for everyone to do. Moving to more sustainable sources of energy, protecting natural resources and minimising our footprint are prerequisites for a healthy, sustainable business environment. Equally, we have a commitment to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for all our employees. 

 

 

 

‘What really drove the successful pilot 
of swapping from normal cars to hybrid
cars was the energy and buzz that was
created by our staff... The overall 
investment was small in comparison
the financial savings the employees
made in car tax.’

Shahed Ashraf,
Regional HR Director
Ferring UK

Images above:

Top: Caroline Serra with art piece ‘Pure Plastic Soup’, by Swiss-based artist Marie-Christine Czura

Bottom: ‘La famille des neiges’ by Juana-Maria Mercier as displayed in the Ferring headquarters on World Environment Day 2018

Our Progress

On carbon emissions – a 15% reduction against a 2010 baseline, in line with our targets.

On water – despite an overall increase due to US and India factories becoming operational, we are making steady progress towards a 5% reduction by 2023 against a 2017 baseline, with site-based targets in place.

On waste – an overall slight increase due to new production site activities; our recycling and reuse rates have steadily improved.

On health and safety – our Lost Time Incidence Rate (LTIR) of 0.45 improved on our target of 0.48, sustained by a steady safety training culture across all sites. However, we cannot be complacent. New factory operations demand that we are vigilant in strengthening a safe work culture.

 

Selection of our initiatives

Our BTG operations represent a significant amount of our total energy use at 39%. As a result, we have initiated a range of energy efficiencies designed to reduce emissions, including a steam generator, the installation of a new chiller, and a heat exchanger for biological waste treatment. Total CO2 savings made are still being calculated but it will be significant. From our FCT operations in Scotland, 2018 saw an impressive 37% reduction in emissions. Contributing to this are a number of factors, including various energy saving schemes, as well as the uptake of renewable energy in Scotland’s energy generation.

 

The head chef in our Copenhagen IPC office Kristian Petersen and his team has pioneered a weekly vegetarian day, inspired by a desire to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. The canteen showed that the production of 1 kg beef resulted in emissions equivalent to driving 170km, compared to a 1km drive for the production of 1kg of carrots. We haven’t yet worked out our total CO2 emissions savings yet, but we plan to. It has not only raised awareness of our food footprint, but colleagues are also realising the benefits of healthier eating.

 

With a busy sales team spending many hours on the road, reducing our CO2 emissions is something we feel we can act on. In 2018 Ferring UK installed 6 hybrid/electric car charging points at our West Drayton head office. Additionally, we made hybrid cars an option on the company car list. Those who drive hybrids or electric cars have reduced their CO2 emissions on average from 5.6 tonnes to 1.97 tonnes annually. That is a 65% reduction per driver each year. Currently around 17% of employees drive hybrid cars and we aim to increase this to at least 50% within the next 3 years.

 

In 2018 the UN selected the host country, India, with the theme: Beat Plastic Pollution - If you can’t reuse it, refuse it. We hosted an active day to rally awareness involving colleagues from around the world, including India, Israel, UK and the US. In addition to inspirational speakers, we organised workshops and activities on a range of issues, including zero waste, electric cars, tree planting and a plastic art exhibition.

 

We have introduced a new water treatment process in India called zero-liquid discharge (ZLD) in which all wastewater is purified and recycled through advanced ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, evaporation and ionization, leaving us with zero discharge. At present we are recycling 80 to 100 m3/day of treated water.

 

‘What better way to visualise how to
revalorize and create beautiful art
from our manufacturing plastic waste
than through a competition with
local artists.’

Caroline Serra,
Global Environment,
Health and Safety Director