Bristol-Myers Squibb: Energy Conservation
Energy Conservation

Bristol-Myers Squibb collects and reports data on electricity and fuel use from our facilities worldwide. For worldwide fuel usage, our facilities track diesel fuel, propane, fuel oil, and natural gas. Gasoline consumption is tracked for our sales fleet. The majority of the fuel consumed by our facilities is natural gas, which is cleaner burning than fuel oils. In addition to the fuel used on-site by our facilities (categorized as Scope 1 direct energy use), we also track indirect energy (Scope 2), which includes the electricity purchased by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Energy from business air travel (Scope 3) is based on short, medium and long haul flight segment fuel consumption.

Our total energy use decreased 4.3 percent between 2011 and 2013, and increased by 24 percent when normalized by sales.

The company's Sustainability 2015 Goals include reducing total energy use by 15 percent from a 2009 baseline (excluding acquisitions - see footnote on Key Performance Indicators table). We have decreased total energy use by 10.0 percent absolute through 2013.

Green IT Initiative

The Green IT (information technology) Initiative was designed in 2008 to help track and expand efficiency projects – with the goal of reducing IT-related energy use, waste and greenhouse gas emissions. The initiative focuses on five core IT areas:

  • Data Center: Reduce energy use by 10 percent by 2010 through facility power management, server asset layout and virtualization – the hosting of several applications on one server.
  • Green PCs: Eliminate all screensavers and convert 100 percent of PCs and laptops to “green standards” based on the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) and IEEE 1680 Standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products for personal desktop and notebook computers and monitors. Considerations include U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR rating, design for recovery through recycling, degradability, reduction of hazardous substances and recycled material content. As of July 2010, approximately 90 percent of PCs in the U.S. and 82 percent of PCs globally (including the U.S.) conform to the company’s green standards.
  • Think before you print: Reduce paper consumption by 20 percent, beginning with a pilot program at Nassau Park, New Jersey. Explore using 30 percent recycled paper on 10 percent of all printers by 2010. Reduce printer standby time from six hours to 30 minutes. The print volume in the first quarter of 2010 represented a 13% reduction in volume.
  • Mobile Workforce Program: Take 10 cars off the road by 2010. By 2010, we achieved our goal to have 10 IT personnel working from home, thereby eliminating 100,000 personal vehicle miles per year, and by the end of the year roughly 80 employees were in the IT mobile workforce program.
  • Third-party vendors: Audit Bristol-Myers Squibb business partners, who currently own our hardware, to adhere to green standards. Green IT standards will be added to existing third-party audits and will include energy savings and asset disposal. As of the second quarter of 2010, 44% of discarded assets were sold or recycled.

The Green IT Initiative is expected to reduce the company’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 10.4 million kg of CO2 equivalents, reduce annual energy use by 38,000 kilojoules and remove the equivalent of more than 1,740 cars from the road.

Energy Program

A position of Director, Global Energy Services has been established with worldwide responsibility. An energy management program is maintained and regularly updated. The corporate environment, health, safety and sustainability department reviews this program annually. Program objectives are supported by a number of other company initiatives that address energy issues, including our EHS Policy, review of capital investments and acquisitions for EHS impacts and green chemistry reviews. As a result, our new facilities typically make use of state-of-the art, energy-efficient technologies.

Both our Swords and Cruiserath, Ireland facilities are operating with a structured Energy Management System approach to deliver sustainable energy efficiency. The sites are committed to energy and carbon emissions reductions. The reduction of energy is a core objective for both sites and receives the full support of the Senior Management Team. The benefits of a structured approach to energy efficiency can clearly be seen by the successful reduction of energy usage at both sites. Reductions towards the Corporate Sustainability 2015 Goal energy targets for Irish sites from 2010 through 2012 was over 34 million kWh (13%) versus 2009 actual usage, equating to an estimated carbon footprint reduction in excess of 8,000 metric tons. Examples of the innovations introduced are: reductions in building air change rates, changeover to the use of “cold” standby boilers, modifications on incinerator burners to increase gas efficiency and the installation of variable speed drives on large site motors. Both sites continue to look for innovative ways to provide sustained reduction in energy usage and emissions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

The Wallingford, Connecticut facility—a one million square-foot pharmaceutical research and development center situated on180 acres—requires large amounts of energy. The facility constructed a combined heat and power (CHP) plant that uses clean-burning natural gas and incorporates a waste heat boiler as a heat recovery system. The CHP system operates at approximately 72 percent efficiency, more than double the estimated average efficiency rate of the U.S. electric system. The CHP system, which recovers heat from the gas turbine to make steam for heating the complex during the winter months, has reduced greenhouse gas emissions at the Wallingford facility by approximately 20 percent—or about 6,600 metric tons per year.

Currently, several of our facilities around the world have systems that generate electricity on site, including Hopewell and New Brunswick, New Jersey; Wallingford, Connecticut; and Anagni, Italy. Some of these locations have cogeneration facilities on site. Cogeneration produces electricity plus steam or hot water for site operations using one fuel (typically natural gas), thereby greatly increasing efficiency and decreasing the site's use of purchased electricity. Additional cogeneration opportunities across the company are currently being evaluated.

solar panelsOur manufacturing facility in Anagni, Italy installed solar energy photovoltaic systems to provide electricity to its offices and the facility’s wastewater treatment plant. More than 480 square meters of rooftop solar panels provide power and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The solar panels produce about 32,000 kilowatt-hours per year of electrical energy, which correlates to a greenhouse gas reduction of 12,800 kilograms per year.

At our onsite child development center in Hopewell, New Jersey, we installed a solar photovoltaic system that has generated approximately 1,600 gigajoules of energy and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by more than 307 metric tons since start-up in late 2004.

In 2013, the total amount of energy generated by Bristol-Myers Squibb facilities on site was 1.34 million gigajoules. In 2013, we generated 204 gigajoules of energy through renewable energy sources.


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