Fresenius Kabi takes its responsibility to protect the environment seriously.
Fresenius Kabi has implemented mandatory environmental guidelines worldwide, which provide the framework for environmental protection in all Fresenius Kabi’s organizations. The guidelines include general principles on how to address and prevent environmental risks as well as how to avoid environmental pollution. Fresenius Kabi also expects careful handling of nature and its resources from its suppliers; this is set out in the Suppliers Code of Conduct.
Each Fresenius Kabi manufacturing site must identify environmental protection measures associated with environmental aspects of its activities and services. This can include emissions to air, water, or soil, consumption of natural resources and raw materials, waste and wastewater, packaging, transport, or other local environmental impacts. Each organization’s impact on the environment is evaluated. Necessary environmental protection measures are implemented, and their effectiveness is assessed. In cases of environmental incidents, further activities are defined to avoid negative environmental impacts as far as possible. In addition, using internal audits, Fresenius Kabi identifies further improvement opportunities at its sites and develops appropriate measures with locally responsible managers to tap that potential.
Fresenius Kabi also uses an environmental management system and an energy management system in line with the international standards ISO 14001 and ISO 50001, which are improved on a continuous basis. Handbooks for both management systems as well as standard process guidelines provide all certified local units with a framework for their environmental and energy management. The focus of the two management systems at Fresenius Kabi is primarily on reducing energy and water usage, as well as wastewater, waste, and emissions – depending on the overall production volume.
Fresenius Kabi has matrix certifications for its global environmental and energy management systems, which are reviewed by TÜV Rheinland and audited annually. 39 Fresenius Kabi organizations are currently certified according to ISO 14001, and 18 organizations according to ISO 50001. Fresenius Kabi is working to introduce the environmental management system according to the international standard ISO 14001 and the energy management system according to the international standard ISO 50001 at all manufacturing plants worldwide by 20261.
Fresenius Kabi continuously monitors certified organizations to ensure that they comply with the standard process guidelines that are binding for them. Globally appointed, independent auditors conduct regular internal audits of the organizations. Local management reviews the environmental and energy management system at least once a year to ensure the continued suitability, appropriateness, and effectiveness of the systems, and to identify potential for improvement. On a global level, the local management reviews of the environmental and energy management systems are consolidated, analyzed, and evaluated on an annual basis.
Appropriate corrective measures will be initiated, if deviations from the requirements of the ISO 14001 or ISO 50001 management systems are identified. Whenever potential is identified, a review is carried out to plan and implement appropriate measures with the aim of continuously improving environmental and energy management.
Responsibility for environmental and energy management lies with the divisional and local organizations; global management responsibility lies with the central organization, which reports to the responsible member of Fresenius Kabi’s management board. The responsible department analyzes and evaluates workflows and processes at the global and local levels, facilitating the exchange of practices that have proven to be efficient or exemplary. In 2019, Fresenius Kabi established an internal information platform for exchanging information on energy and water management practices, which is directed at all relevant production sites. This exchange has already produced ideas for improvements, which resulted in eight energy-saving projects and five water-saving projects of which the implementation began 2020.
Fresenius Kabi continuously works to improve its energy and environmental performance. In 2020, for example, Fresenius Kabi replaced an air compressor with a new, more efficient one at its plant in Bad Homburg. This can reduce the energy consumption by approximately 57 MWh of energy or 14 tons of CO2. In addition, the steam traps were tested at the same location. The test enabled the optimization of the condensate conductor, which has led to energy savings of approximately 263 MWh of energy or 53 tons of CO2.
In 2020, the share of recycled waste2 in the total internally generated waste from manufacturing plants, compounding centers, and logistics sites changed as follows: for non-hazardous waste, the proportion decreased from 76% to 74% compared to the previous year; for hazardous waste, it increased from 79% to 85% in the same period3 . The share of recycled waste in total waste includes waste that is sent for recycling, reuse, and recovery, including energy recovery.
Fresenius Kabi complies with the European Union’s REACH regulation. Fresenius Kabi is primarily affected by REACH as a downstream user - and in rare cases as producer - and we strictly fulfil our legal obligations.
*in millions; **t CO2 equivalents in thousands (Total of scope 1 and scope 2); Scope 1 2020: 159, 2019: 165; Scope 2 2020: 265, 2019: 250.
1. The certification roll-out is going to be concluded at all Fresenius Kabi manufacturing plants in 2026. The certification issuance from the individual certification companies may extend into the following year. 2. As some confirmations, for example, of the recovery quantity, are only available after publication, these figures are estimated in some cases. 3. Hazardous/non-hazardous waste in accordance with the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and Their Disposal of March 22, 1989.