To ensure we can continue to deliver high quality products to patients and consumers in the future, we must protect the natural resources we need to make them today.
Worldwide, we are targeting a carbon neutral value chain by 2050 with ambitious goals to reduce carbon, water and waste in the meantime.
Here in Ireland, our manufacturing site in Dungarvan is taking proactive steps to contribute to GSK targets by generating sustainable energy, reducing our water usage and removing, reducing and recycling waste.
Our focus on replacing oil power with renewable energy has significantly reduced our CO2 footprint in Ireland. In Dungarvan, our Biomass plant which opened in 2016, generates €700,000 in energy savings and has removed the need for oil-burned boilers on the site, reducing our CO2 emissions by 33%. You can read more about it here.
Our approach to manufacturing power consumption allows for efficiency optimisation in drawing power from the national grid – which contributes to less demand for electrical power generation nationally.
Our Dungarvan plant uses little water in the production process, so we focus on minimising pollution as well as consumption. Our waste treatment facilities ensure that any water outages from the site are filtered to remove contaminant that might overwise pollute nearby Dungarvan bay.
Globally, we are shifting perceptions to see waste as a potential resource with a target to have all our waste repurposed for beneficial use by 2030.
Here in Ireland, our production site in Dungarvan operates on a zero to landfill policy. We have zero impact on bio-diversity while last year we reduced our waste savings by 38%.
Employee driven initiatives
Our employees across are also playing their part in making our business a sustainable one. We have ditched disposable cups at on-site canteens as well as engaging with tidy towns and local councils to organise weekly clean-ups and planting organisations. Employees our also supporting bee hotels along the Waterford Greenway.
Looking to our future
By setting ambitious targets to reduce our carbon footprint and investing in renewable energy projects that ensure our value chain is a sustainable one, we are not only future-proofing our business, but we’re looking after our employees, their families, and importantly, the wider communities we operate in.