Impact of application of Novozymes’ products###Graph - 5 year growth vs environmental impact###
In 2015, our customers avoided an estimated 60 million tons of CO2 emissions by applying Novozymes’ products. The savings achieved are equivalent to taking approximately 25 million cars off the road.
Efficiency improvements###Graph - Energy by source###
In 2015, energy efficiency improved by 15% as a result of continuous process optimizations and the implementation of many energy-saving projects. The reduced energy consumption corresponds to cost savings of approximately DKK 14 million. CO2 intensity, measured as emissions divided by gross profit, was reduced by 17% compared with 2014.
Novozymes obtained 24% of its energy from renewable sources in 2015, the majority of which came from wind farms in Denmark.
Water efficiency improved by 9% compared with 2014. This improvement was less than expected, as a new system for water reuse at a major production site could not be implemented to its full capacity in time. It is now ramping up.
The improvements in operational efficiency have helped to decouple environmental impact from growth in sales and gross profit. This effect is reflected in our efficiency and intensity measures.
Waste and by-products
Waste from production increased in line with sales, climbing by 12% from 11,909 tons in 2014 to 13,397 tons in 2015.
50% of solid waste was recycled, up from 45% in 2014, due to an increased focus on recycling across Novozymes’ global production sites.
Most of Novozymes' production sites convert and sell biomass to farmers as NovoGro®, an organic agricultural fertilizer. The biomass is generated as a by-product from the production process, and the volume is significant. The rate of biomass recovery was 98% in 2015, same as in 2014.
In 2015, 27 breaches of regulatory limits were registered worldwide, compared with 25 in 2014. The majority of the breaches are minor breaches related to wastewater treatment and process air purification. Action plans have been agreed on with relevant environmental authorities to address all pending issues.
We received 11 complaints from neighbors, the same as in 2014. The majority of complaints were made by private residents and related to odors and noise.
Aligning our R&D pipeline with the SDGs
We have integrated UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the assessment of our R&D pipeline. This will help us take sustainability into consideration when prioritizing our R&D and future business activities. Moving forward, the products and solutions in our R&D pipeline will be assessed to evaluate their impacts in 15 different impact categories, including both environmental and social indicators.
“We know these factors will impact Novozymes’ business environment in the future, and by taking those aspects into consideration in how we prioritize our innovation pipeline, we will make it stronger,” says Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Corporate Sustainability at Novozymes.
These impact categories were defined after each of the 17 SDGs and 169 targets was evaluated and related to the capabilities of our technology to create an impact. For each of the impact categories, relevant quantitative and qualitative indicators have been defined and linked to the SDGs and targets.