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Fresenius Kabi

An integral component of the quality management of Fresenius Kabi is an environmental management system that complies with the international standard ISO 14001. We are also pursuing the implementation of the occupational health and safety assessment system OHSAS 18001. Our goals are to:

  • decrease the waste volume at our production sites and sales offices
  • efficiently and carefully use energy to reduce emissions

In 2013, we continued the matrix certification for the environmental management system. We use this system to analyze and assess work flows and processes according to sustainability criteria. At the same time, we document the responsible use of energies and natural resources as well as employee safety and environmental protection. This has shown us where improvements can be made, both with regard to the value chain and how we deal with external partners.

In 2013, we continued to implement measures at our German production sites to reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and the consumption of raw materials. For example, we are currently installing a combined heat and power plant at our Friedberg location, which is scheduled to begin operations in the second half of 2014. This plant will allow us to produce energy significantly more efficiently and to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 30% compared to conventional combustion power plants.

At the site in Graz, in Austria, we were able to keep energy consumption at the previous year’s level despite the growth in production area and the increased use of energy-intensive technologies. Additional recycling and the implementation of technical measures, such as the reuse of cooling water, minimizes waste and waste water volumes, and will continue to do so in the future even with rising production volumes. The recycling rate remained stable at approximately 85%.

In Sweden, projects relating to the supply and consumption of resources previously initiated at our production sites in Uppsala and Brunna are bearing fruit:

  • Our waste volume fell by approximately 6% to 5,253 tons. In 2013, part of our waste water was used as fertilizer for agricultural land. However, this resulted in a drop in the recycling rate to 63% (2012: 75%). The volume of waste used to generate energy rose to 37% (2012: 25%).
  • Approximately 43% of the energy needed is covered by renewable energies. Despite the increase in energy consumption, we have managed to keep this figure constant over the last 6 years.
  • Water consumption, at approximately 282,000 m³, was higher than the previous year’s figure of 249,221 m³, mainly due to the expansion in the volume of production.

New production technologies also contributed to consume resources more efficiently.

Fresenius Kabi also integrates standardized requirements for health, safety, and environmental protection into its quality management system. In the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, the employees of Fresenius Kabi sometimes have to work with toxic substances. Consequently, protecting the environment and ensuring the health and safety of our employees is of utmost importance. New requirements relating to occupational health and safety are integrated into our quality management.

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