Johnson & Johnson reduces CO2 emissions by 6% in two years

Healthcare and pharmaceutical group Johnson & Johnson reduced its facilities CO2 emissions by 2.1% in 2012 from 2011, mainly due to site closures and efficiency projects.

Released today, the company’s responsibility report also showed a 6% reduction in facility CO2 emissions since 2010.

According to the report, the company focused on improving the environmental status of its supply chain in 2012 by confirming that 138 of its suppliers agreed to participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Supply Chain program, following a request by Johnson & Johnson.

The company progressed towards its 2015 goal to ensure all strategic suppliers have at least two publicly reported sustainability goals. As of year-end 2012, 41% of strategic suppliers have two or more publicly reported sustainability goals.

CEO Alex Gorsky said: “One way [of tackling our impact on the environment] is by working within our own businesses, across our enterprise supply-chain model to reduce complexities and redundancies so we can consistently produce high quality products that are environmentally conscious.

“We’ve transformed and expanded our supplier standards to reach beyond our external manufacturers and go further regarding sustainability, applying the new standards to our entire supplier base,” he added.

In addition, the company improved the efficiency of its fleet vehicles in Europe, Asia and Latin America by achieving a global average carbon dioxide emission per vehicle of 161g/km, which represents a 9.1% reduction from 2010 to 2012.

It also increased the amount of on-site, clean-technology or renewable energy capacity that is installed or under construction by 14.9% over 2011. The report says this brings the company’s total to 45.5 megawatts, of which 38 megawatts are installed and 7.5 megawatts are approved or under construction.

Leigh Stringer

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