Joining forces to fight pollution
Our Commitment to Tomorrow: Further Increasing Our Environmental Efforts.
Consequences of consumption and the environmental impact of people and businesses are becoming increasingly visible. Fresenius Kabi aims to do both: leaving a planet worth living on for future generations and serving the well-being of patients.
Fresenius Kabi contributes to protecting the environment and carefully using natural resources. Mandatory environmental protection guidelines provide the framework for environmental management for all our organizations. The guidelines include general principles on how to address and prevent environmental risks as well as how to prevent environmental incidents.
Each manufacturing site of Fresenius Kabi must identify environmental protection measures associated with environmental aspects of their activities and services. In cases of environmental incidents, further activities are defined to avoid negative impacts as far as possible. In addition, Fresenius Kabi uses an environmental management system, the international standard ISO 14001, to improve its environmental performance. The focus is primarily on reducing energy and water usage, as well as wastewater, waste, and emissions – in relation to production activities.
A handbook and standard operating procedures provide all certified local production units with a framework for their environmental management. We are working to implement the environmental management system at all manufacturing plants worldwide by 20261. To achieve the goal of implementing the management system, Fresenius Kabi has drawn up an ambitious plan and is working systematically on its realization. By expanding the coverage of the management system, we aim to continuously improve our environmental performance. A total of 40 Fresenius Kabi organizations are currently certified according to ISO 14001, and three additional manufacturing plants were certified in 2021.
1 The implementation will be concluded at all Fresenius Kabi manufacturing plants in 2026. The certification issuance from the individual certification companies may extend into the following year
With the energy management system ISO 50001 at Fresenius Kabi, we want to improve our energy performance and prevent excessive use of energy. Key opportunities are reducing energy and emissions in proportion to the volume of production activities.
We derive our energy mainly from external providers which includes the purchase of renewable energy such as hydropower, solar, and wind power. We also generate electricity in our own facilities and use, for example, combined heat and power systems. We want to increase the share of renewable energy in our overall energy consumption.
Fresenius Kabi is working to introduce the energy management system according to the international standard ISO 50001 at all manufacturing plants worldwide by 20263. To achieve the goal of implementing the management system, Fresenius Kabi has drawn up an ambitious plan and is working systematically on its realization. By expanding the coverage of the management system, we aim to continuously improve our energy performance. A total of 22 of our organizations are currently certified according to ISO 50001, and four additional manufacturing plants were certified in 2021.
Fresenius Kabi continuously works to improve its energy and environmental performance. In 2021, the manufacturing plant in Quy Nhon, Vietnam, replaced two diesel boilers with two wood pellet boilers. This will lead to an approximate reduction in CO2 emissions of 426 metric tons per year. Furthermore, the manufacturing plant in Graz, Austria, has implemented LED lights at the warehouse and packaging center in Werndorf in 2021, which will lead to an approximate reduction of 702 MWh per year.
Some sites purchase only CO2-neutral electricity from external sources, other sites supplement energy needs by using solar panels generating CO2-neutral electricity or wood pellet boilers to generate steam. For example, in 2021, we put into operation the third solar energy system at our plant in Haina, Dominican Republic.
3 The implementation will be concluded at all Fresenius Kabi manufacturing plants in 2026. The certification issuance from the individual certification companies may extend into the following year.
At Fresenius Kabi, water is used for the most part in production, for example, for cooling or in sanitary facilities, and is discharged as wastewater.
Some manufacturing plants are reusing water, namely by using condensate water from installed air handling units or in steam condensate recovery systems. Fresenius Kabi also uses water for its products, for instance, for infusion solutions such as sodium chloride infusions. The water used for this purpose must meet stringent quality requirements to ensure product quality and patient safety.
Our global environmental standard operating procedures and working instructions include the responsible handling of water, for example, the control of wastewater. Each of Fresenius Kabi’s manufacturing sites is required to evaluate its environmental impact, such as from water usage and wastewater. Water management measures consider a reduction in water and wastewater volumes and monitor the quality and authorized withdrawal of water and discharge of wastewater.
In 2019, Fresenius Kabi established the Water and Energy Management Global Competence Cluster – an internal information platform for exchanging information on energy and water management practices. This exchange, which is directed at all relevant production sites, has already generated many ideas for improvements. For example, the manufacturing plant in Port Elisabeth, South Africa, concluded the implementation of three water-saving measures in 2021. Overall, these measures are estimated to save 885,000 liters of water annually.
At Fresenius Kabi, waste is mainly generated as a by-product of production processes or packaging material of the product containers in hospitals, private households, and nursing homes. This includes non-hazardous and hazardous waste – namely, solvents, cytostatics, and antibiotics. The internally generated waste is recycled to a large extent. Non-recyclable hazardous waste is mainly incinerated, and a large part of it is used in energy recovery.
Our manufacturing sites are required to separate their waste according to local regulations and store it with environmental protection measures, such as avoiding contamination, in mind.