In 2011 the global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) became the first company to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard on a global basis, with the company successfully measuring, managing and reducing emissions across operations spanning 200 sites in 65 countries.
In 2011 the global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) became the first company to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard on a global basis, with the company successfully measuring, managing and reducing emissions across operations spanning 200 sites in 65 countries. Each subsequent successful certification has helped the company track its progress towards its ambitious goal of reducing carbon emissions by 25% between 2010 and 2020.
The company has continued to invest in clean technologies and energy efficiency over this period to achieve reductions, including the use of renewable electricity. For example, a wind turbine installed at its site in Cork in Ireland directly provides 19% of the electricity requirements, and GSK’s factories in India have replaced coal use with biomass steam boilers. There is also a recognition of the need to reduce unnecessary business travel, with the adoption of greater use of videoconferencing technology for meetings wherever possible.
After the launch of the Carbon Trust Standard for Water in 2013, GSK also became the first business to achieve this certification across significant global operations. This has been used to help the company take action to reduce the more than 14 million cubic metres of water it uses each year across its research labs, manufacturing sites and offices.
GSK systematically works with its sites to identify water reduction opportunities, implementing greater efficiency in cleaning procedures and investing in more efficient equipment, at the same time as monitoring and repairing any leaks. This approach to reduction is aligned with a focus on good water stewardship, with all of the company’s pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare manufacturing sites having completed risk assessments on water use and making plans to address any identified risks.
As a global healthcare company our mission is to help people do more, feel better and live longer. Our efforts to take action on climate change and water scarcity are a key part of this. Our work on a range of projects with the Carbon Trust over many years has really helped shape our approach and targets. With the Carbon Trust Standard we have been able to robustly track our own progress in reaching our goals, and been able to communicate our achievements with the credibility provided by independent assurance.
Dr Paul Barnett, Head of Environmental Sustainability, GSK