At Teva, safeguarding the health of the planet goes hand in hand with safeguarding the health of its inhabitants. Just as we strive to meet patient needs, we work to be a leader in environmental performance management.
In 2012, we continued to demonstrate our commitment to achieving environmental results in numerous areas:
Global Environmental Management
In 2012, we introduced an improved data-collection system at 82 sites worldwide that tracks key performance indicators (KPIs) related to solvents, energy, water, wastewater, air emissions and waste. In 2013, we plan to build on our environmental KPIs, improve the availability of data for site managers and encourage communication of our performance internally and externally.
We actively seek to reduce energy consumption and associated GHG emissions across our global facilities. During 2012, we invested nearly $4 million in more than 50 energy improvement projects around the globe. Initiatives included switching to more efficient and cleaner burning natural gas, installing new gas turbines and multi-evaporators, reconstructing high voltage distribution networks, upgrading lighting and HVAC systems and utilizing waste heat.
We work to reduce water consumption at our global facilities through careful management of manufacturing processes and by recycling water wherever possible. In 2012, we implemented 20 water-savings projects at a range of sites. Measures included installation of recirculation pumps and upgrades to monitoring systems.
Effective waste management is critical to our manufacturing processes and our environmental responsibility efforts. During 2012, we conducted 30 projects to promote non-hazardous waste reduction, treatment and recycling. We recycled nearly 50 percent of our non-hazardous waste and 17,000 tons of solvent.
In 2012, we upgraded and installed more efficient condensers, scrubbers and absorption units at more than 30 sites to improve air treatment beyond what local regulations demanded. In 2013, we plan to create standard air emissions metrics for all operations, taking into account the various monitoring thresholds at our sites.
For more information and data, please download our full CSR Report