The EHS area is responsible for safety in the workplace and for managing environmental matters. It is organized into processes that are aligned with our Integrated Health, Safety and Environment Management system, which is certified by ISO 14001 with regard to the environment, and by ISO 45001, with its focus on managing the occupational health of employees, and reducing incidents involving occupational injuries and illnesses. Using management tools that support the diagnoses that are carried out, the EHS area is audited internally and assessed by SGS do Brasil, the certification body that monitors the indicators and the management system.
The replacement of obsolete equipment with new equipment that consumes less electricity, such as the Chilled Water Generation Center at the Guarulhos plant, which became fully operational at the beginning of 2019; The purchase of electricity from the free market (lower cost/lower CO2 emissions); Encouragement to use videoconferencing to reduce travel between units.
Rational use of water
In 2019 we reduced water consumption by approximately 5% compared to the previous year, due to internal initiatives and greater control over our points of consumption. In the year we used 37,360 m3 of recycled water (water left over from production processes and rainwater), which represented 23% of the total volume - the goal is to increase this percentage to 25% in 2020. This volume of water is used, for example, in air conditioning cooling processes and for gardening.
Energy consumption, on the other hand, increased in 2019, which was due, in the main, to the bigger operation in our Nações Unidas plant and to the acquisition of new equipment for the units’ restaurants. Energy intensity returned to the 2017 level, corresponding to 0.64 MJ/unit produced - in 2018 it was 0.56 MJ/unit produced. With the Chilled Water Generation Center we should be able to reduce our energy consumption by at least 5% in 2020. It is worth pointing out that the Pernambuco plant has a photovoltaic cell system for generating solar power.
Reverse Logistics & Waste
The initiatives already implemented to guide our stakeholders, especially our end consumers, with regard to the correct disposal of medicines (corporate website, package inserts, Customer Service Center) were a direct result of the pilot project we started in the second half of 2019 in eight cities. For 12 months there will be 30 disposal points in up-state São Paulo and 20 points in the state capital, where 50 containers, located close to Class 1 landfill sites or incinerators, will be available to consumers for disposing of unwanted medicines. The partnership, involving the Pharmaceutical Industry Employers’ Union (Sindusfarma) and Cetesb (Environmental Company of the State of São Paulo), complies fully with the ABNT NBR 16457: 2016 Standard, which specifically covers this matter.
In 2019 we started employing a firm that provides us with specialist advice on waste management, the aim being to improve our performance in terms of final disposal. The work includes controlling, monitoring and disposing of waste in a better way. In addition to this initiative are the actions of the PEO (Operational Excellence Program), which has managed to significantly reduce the waste generated per unit produced, from 10.03g in 2018 to 9.04g in 2019.