Conserving Energy and Water to Protect the Global Environment
Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to reducing energy and water consumption throughout our discovery, development, manufacturing and distribution processes. 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 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.
Sustainability 2015 Goals
We have 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 have established a target to reduce total water use by 10% versus our 2009 baseline, on an absolute basis.
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 37,500 kilowatt-hours per year of electrical energy at the facility. This correlates to a greenhouse gas reduction of 15,000 kilograms per year.
We operate a combined heat and power (CHP) system at our pharmaceutical research and development facility in Wallingford, Connecticut, which consists of a 4.8-megawatt combustion turbine that uses clean-burning natural gas and a heat recovery system (waste heat boiler). The CHP system has reduced site greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 20 percent, or roughly 5,500 metric tons per year.
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 2010, our on-site wastewater treatment plant generated 4.6 million liters of reclaimed water for a total of 65 million liters since 2003.