Bristol-Myers Squibb: Conserving Energy and Water

Environmental Stewardship


Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to stewardship of our environment.  We are focused on greenhouse gas and water emissions use reduction, addressing water impact risks and integration of green design principles and reducing waste throughout our product portfolio.  This focus results in more efficient, cost-effective operations, while conserving natural resources vital to our operations and the communities in which we operate.

Goals and Performance Metrics

Sustainability 2015 Goals
We established sustainability goals for 2015, including a target to reduce energy and greenhouse gases by 15% versus our 2009 baseline, on an absolute basis. We also established a target to reduce total water use by 10% versus our 2009 baseline, on an absolute basis.

Sustainability 2010 Goals

The company's Sustainability 2010 Goals included reducing energy use by 10 percent, normalized by sales, from a 2001 baseline. From 2001 to 2009, our total energy use decreased by 19 percent, and decreased by 39 percent when normalized by sales.

Two Sustainability 2010 Goals were established for water use:
  • 10 percent reduction in water use at all our facilities, normalized by sales, from a 2001 baseline year.
  • A more stringent 20 percent absolute reduction from a 2002 baseline year in countries where water resources are severely stressed.

Bristol-Myers Squibb’s water use decreased 24 percent from 2001 to 2009 and 43 percent when normalized by sales. We identified four water-stressed countries in which our facilities are located: Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico and China. The facilities in the first three countries met the more stringent 20 percent reduction goal.

Programs and Initiatives

We continue to implement cost-effective energy and water conservation projects and have started to make use of new and emerging technologies.

Our manufacturing facility in Anagni, Italy, installed a solar energy photovoltaic system to provide electricity to its offices in March 2007. A larger second set of panels was installed in December 2007 to power the facility’s wastewater treatment plant. Solar panels are now producing about 57,000 kilowatt-hours per year of electrical energy at the facility. This correlates to a greenhouse gas reduction of 22,800 kilograms per year.

The installation of a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system at our Hopewell facility was completed in February 2014. The 777.14-kilowatt system consists of 3,172 panels that span the entirety of the 106,500-square-foot parking structure at the company’s campus in Hopewell Township, New Jersey.

In the first year of operation, the system is expected to produce approximately 965,000 kilowatt-hours of clean energy to the Bristol-Myers Squibb campus. Over the life of the system, this will equate to the reduction of more than 9,800 metric tons of CO2 gas emissions - roughly equivalent to the impact of removing 2,050 cars from the roads.

We have invested in clean cogeneration technology at four of our top five greenhouse gas emitting facilities to date.  Bristol-Myers Squibb operates a total of four combined heat and power (CHP) systems at our pharmaceutical research and development facilities in Wallingford, Connecticut (4.8 megawatt), New Brunswick, New Jersey (10 megawatt), Lawrenceville, New Jersey (4.2 megawatt), and Hopewell, New Jersey (4 megawatt).  Each of these systems operate with efficiencies over 70% and use clean burning natural gas to generate both electricity and steam for our facilities.  These systems have significantly reduced their respective site greenhouse gas emissions by up to approximately 20%.

Videoconferencing and electronic meetings save time and money while reducing the environmental impacts of traveling to attend company business meetings. We estimate annual savings of several million air kilometers and hundreds of thousands of automobile kilometers by videoconferencing instead of traveling to attend company business meetings.

At our Hopewell campus in New Jersey, we are reusing water from our on-site wastewater treatment plant in our cooling towers, thereby significantly reducing our consumption of ground water. In 2014, our on-site wastewater treatment plant generated 4.8 million liters of reclaimed water for a total of 97 million liters since 2004.

In 2007, the Hopewell site also started collecting condensate from building air-conditioning units for reuse as cooling tower make-up. From 2007 to the end of 2014 the site collected and reused a total of 56 million liters.

BMS Global Energy Services leads the Global Energy Manager’s Network that consists of designated energy managers from all of BMS’ major global facilities.  This network is made up of over 29 facilities, representing over 91% of our corporate energy consumption.  More than 400 potential energy projects have been compiled into a scorecard which is utilized to strategically track potential reductions. 

BMS has aligned its energy program with the EPA Energy Star Program. Key accomplishments include:

  • Awarded ENERGY STAR® 2015 Partner of the Year from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for comprehensive policies and programs to manage energy use at its facilities worldwide.
  • Enrolling our Redwood City, CA facility into the ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry program.  
  • ENERGY STAR® Certification received in 2015 for three buildings in the BMS portfolio with numerous others actively installing and upgrading sub-metering to enable future certification opportunities.
  • Conducting ENERGY STAR® Treasure Hunts at five facilities globally, while engaging over 200 employees, plus vendors and industry peers.  Treasure Hunts identified significant potential site energy savings opportunities for further evaluation..

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