Environment performance indicators

DISCLOSURE ON MANAGEMENT APPROACH

Goals and performance
To Novozymes, the key parameter regarding negative environmental impact is production efficiency. Basic figures are water consumption, and energy consumption and the latter is closely related to climate change. Now and in a long-term perspective, the overall goal is to continuously decouple business growth from resource consumption. See also the specific targets for 2009 in Expectations for 2009 in the Novozymes Report 2008. 

One important issue is the application of gene technology. For about 20 years, gene technology has been an important tool for Novozymes’ innovation in R&D and for improved resource efficiency in the production of enzymes. As the use of gene technology can pose a risk, safety is a priority whenever it is applied at Novozymes. Modern biotechnology has great potential when it comes to meeting the challenges of sustainable development. Novozymes increasingly strives to document and to advance the positive environmental impact from the application of enzyme technology. i.e., from our customers’ application of our products.

With specific reference to biodiversity, please note that Novozymes does not manage land of significant size or importance.

Policy
For Novozymes’ overall commitment to environmental aspects, please refer to Novozymes’ environment and bioethics policy, position on antibiotic resistance genes in GMMs, and position on global warming and energy.

Organizational responsibility
The organization has a central Environmental Services unit and a number of decentralized units linkeded to production sites. Efforts on environmental performance are coordinated in the Novozymes Environmental Forum (NEF). NEF is a network for management representatives from production sites and reports to corporate Quality Environment and Safety Management. One of the main purposes of NEF is to continuously improve performance via Novozymes’ environmental management system.

Monitoring and follow-up 
There are a number of internal environmental tools and guidelines in place. Some of these are corporate and others are site based to serve specific needs. For example, Danish production sites use an energy management system linked to ISO 14001 and certified in accordance with a national Danish standard (DS 2403 E).

About five years ago, Novozymes decided to take a more proactive approach to product positioning using knowledge and documentation gained from Lifecycle Assessments (LCA) of our products. The data will be used to document benefits in a sustainable development context. A number of LCAs on new products have been conducted. Results are reviewed by a third party and published in scientific journals. See also the section on LCA on Novozymes website 

 

Due to the character of Novozymes' products and business, it is not relevant to report on reclaimed products and packaging materials related to environmental impact. Direct environmental impact from products is not an issue as Novozymes solely operates on the B2B market.    

 

GRI INDICATOR REFERENCES AND COMMENTS STATUS
Materials
EN1

Materials used by weight or volume

V 

EN2

Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials

  • Not relevant. Recycled input materials are not an option for Novozymes
Firkant

Energy
EN3

Direct energy consumption by primary energy source

V

EN4

Indirect energy consumption by primary source

V

EN5 ADD

Energy saved due to conservation and efficiency improvements

 V

EN6 ADD

Initiatives to provide energy-efficient or renewable energy based products and services, and reductions in energy requirements as a result of these initiatives

V 

EN7 ADD

Initiatives to reduce indirect energy consumption and reductions achieved

 V

Water
EN8

Total water withdrawal by source

V

EN9 ADD

Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water

  • Not reported externally
Streg

EN10 ADD Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused
  • Not reported externally
Streg

Biodiversity

EN11

Location and size of land owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas

  • Not relevant. See Disclosure on management approach above
Firkant

EN12

Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas

  • Not relevant. See Disclosure on management approach above
Firkant

EN13 ADD

Habitats protected or restored

  • Not relevant. See Disclosure on management approach above
Firkant

EN14 ADD

Strategies, current actions, and future plans for managing impacts on biodiversity

  • Not relevant. See Disclosure on management approach above
Firkant

EN15 ADD

Number of IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations, by level of extinction risk

  • Not relevant. See Disclosure on management approach above
Firkant

Emissions, effluents and waste
EN16

Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight

V

EN17

Other relevant indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight

V

EN18 ADD

Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reductions achieved

V 

EN19

Emissions of ozone-depleting substances by weight

V

EN20

NO, SO, and other significant air emissions by type and weight

V

EN21

Total water discharge by quality and destination

V

EN22

Total weight of waste by type and disposal method

V

EN23

Total number and volume of significant spills

V

EN24 ADD

Weight of transported, imported, exported, or treated waste deemed hazardous under the terms of the Basel Convention Annex I, II, III, and VIII, and percentage of transported waste shipped internationally

V

EN25 ADD

Identity, size, protected status, and biodiversity value of water bodies and related habitats significantly affected by the reporting organization’s discharges of water and runoff

  • Not reported
Streg

Products and services
EN26

Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products and services, and extent of impact mitigation

V

EN27

Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category

  • Not reported externally - see Disclosure on Management Approach above
Streg

Compliance

 

EN28

Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations

V

Transport
EN29 ADD

Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials used for the organization’s operations, and transporting members of the workforce

  • Not reported externally
Streg

Overall
EN30 ADD

Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type

  • Not reported externally
Streg