Taking into account the nature of its pharmaceutical industrial activity (especially inhibiting technologies), Virbac does not generate any visual, noise or odour pollution. Virbac is increasingly investing in respect for the environment: taking into account HSE impacts in the management of industrial projects and strengthening of the Risk Management Department. Furthermore, the Group’s environmental principles are adapted in the subsidiaries according to the different local regulations.
The direct and indirect emission of greenhouse gases (scope 1 and 2) correspond to emissions related to the consumption of different energies (in this case gas and electricity) in every industrial site across the world, as well as the greenhouse gas emissions linked to refrigeration fluids. All these emissions represented the equivalent of 19,872 tonnes of CO2 of which 543 tonnes of CO2 emissions were linked to refrigeration gases in 2015, a very stable volume compared to emissions in 2014.
INITIATIVES TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND REDUCTIONS ACHIEVED
Concerning the transport of finished products, and whilst assuring customer satisfaction, in France and the United States Virbac has instituted a system of transport grouping for multiple national and international destinations, thereby reducing transportation-related CO2 emissions. For all personnel at the Carros sites, Virbac provides a shuttle that connects the SNCF train station to the industrial area. Equally used for inter-site connections and the company restaurant, this shuttle carried almost 2,600 people per month in 2015, a slight reduction compared to 2014.
As part of a PDIE (Plan de déplacement inter-entreprises [Business-to-business transportation plan]), in 2012 Virbac actively participated in setting up an “express shuttle” linking different points of the city of Nice and the Carros industrial area. In 2013 and 2014, three new lines were added between the West of the department and the Carros industrial area. Since 2010 in France and 2012 in the United States, Virbac has also developed an incentive-based policy for company vehicles geared towards limiting the carbon footprint. Still on the theme of transport, financial incentives and reserved parking places are offered to employees at the new factory in Mexico who use “clean” vehicles or practice car-sharing. The sites in Australia and France take greenhouse gas emissions into account when choosing refrigeration gases for each industrial refrigeration unit. Finally, in Mexico, a solar boiler producing industrial hot water has been installed as part of the new production unit.
NOX, SOX AND OTHER SUBSTANTIAL ATMOSPHERIC EMISSIONS
Due to the nature of its activities and the energy-sources employed, Virbac emits little NOx (associated with boilers fed by natural gas on equipped production sites) and no significant amount of SOx. Emissions of NOx being associated, other than with fuel type, with several parameters, it has not been possible to monitor them at Carros in France in 2015. They will be measured in 2016 to form an estimate of this type of pollution connected with steam and hot water production by gas boilers. Overall, the other possible emissions, particularly Volatile organic compounds (VOC) related to operations, are considered insignificant given the confinement of operations.
WATER DISCHARGE BY QUALITY AND DESTINATION
The quantity of industrial water discharged by all the Virbac sites worldwide is 147,597 m3 in 2015. Given the activities at Virbac’s industrial sites, the main pollutant discharged into industrial waters is COD (Chemical oxygen demand). This indicator, measured since 2013, shows that 103 tonnes of COD were emitted by the industrial sites of the whole Group in 2015. The increase in these two statistics stem from the counting in 2015 of the volumes and quantities of COD coming from discharges from a French site that was not previously counted.
WEIGHT OF WASTE BY TYPE AND DISPOSAL METHOD
Virbac produces two kinds of waste: non-hazardous industrial waste and hazardous industrial waste. These are managed by the sectors dedicated to waste collection and sorting in order to recycle or develop it optimally according to type.
Improving non-hazardous industrial waste sorting at source and reducing its volume
Virbac has contributed to implementing a collection system for non-hazardous waste (aluminium, iron, glass, cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) at the Carros industrial area since 2003, through ‘Carros Indus’tri’. This system (regularly studied by local communities or other industrial areas wishing to imitate it), managed by the CAIPDV, evolved in 2015 into “Eco & Tri” following the optimisation and harmonisation of collection frequencies, among other things. To achieve this, Virbac is optimising sorting at source by providing employees with local collection facilities (recycling boxes, dedicated containers, plastic crates, etc.).
Controlling volumes of hazardous industrial waste
Virbac ensures traceability up to the point of disposal of all its hazardous waste: soiled packaging; laboratory, manufacturing, medicinal or infectious wastes; and chemical effluents (mostly incinerated, and therefore thermally recovered or recycled for solvent recovery). Finally Virbac is steadily improving the collection system through the establishment of new and even more selective channels, making it possible to reduce the proportion of waste that cannot yet be recycled.