In each of the Virbac Group’s industrial sites resources and impacts are monitored and managed according to key indicators. They relate to energy consumption and natural resources (water, electricity, gas, carburants), emissions to water, air and the quantity of waste generated.
The scope of the principal environmental indicators covers all the major production sites, representing in 2015 almost 60% of the Group’s sales: South Africa, Australia, Brazil, the United States, France, Mexico, New Zealand and Vietnam (not including Chile which is a joint-venture and Uruguay, which has recently joined the Group). For reasons of reporting maturity, certain indicators are collected within a more limited scope and the Group is working to expand this. All the exclusions or possible focus countries are specified. Transport-related CO2 emissions have, for example, been calculated but only for France.
The Grenelle II provision on ground use has not been covered, having been judged non applicable to the Virbac Group’s activities and establishments. Finally, following the publication of French decree 3 May 2012 concerning the compulsory provision of financial guarantees for securing certain facilities classified for environmental protection, Virbac established a financial guarantee in France of €124,164.
At all of its industrial sites around the world, whether choosing new equipment or implementing continuous monitoring, Virbac strives to address energy consumption by using the BAT (Best Available Techniques) that apply to its activity. For example at its American site, with the implementation of optimised management of industrial lighting and hot-water tanks.
In the framework of the new CO2 regulations for companies with more than 500 employees, Virbac in France has also signed an agreement with EDF and its partners to implement an Energy Saving Plan (ESP) over three years, which, after a thorough inspection of the major sites in France, has identified three major areas of potential gain: better temperature control and a better renewal rate at its air treatment installations; installation of a heat recovery unit at the water treatment plant, and, finally, installation of additional insulation on all the steam circuits. Almost 100 “insulating mattresses” have been installed at the site in Carros, France.
During the installation of the temperature control system at the raw materials warehousing in Carros, energy consumption was a key factor in the choice of technology and in monitoring during the start-up phase.
Virbac endeavours to optimise facilities that directly consume energy. At Carros the company is avoiding, as far as possible, installing new electricity generators for its two new production units (vaccine CaniLeish and site dedicated to injectables). Like the site in New Zealand, new warehouses at the Vauvert site in France are equipped with LED lighting. At the sites of St. Louis in the United States and at Crookwell in Australia, old air treatment systems have been replaced by more efficient energy-recovery systems. In Australia, at the Penrith site, a 100 kW solar panel station has been installed.
Virbac’s various industrial sites at Carros (representing almost 50% of the Group’s production) are located in the Plaine du Var area, an OIN (Opération d’intérêt national [Operation of National Interest]). The national EPA (Établissement public d’aménagement [Public development agency]), is responsible for planning the sustainable development of the Plaine du Var (see www. ecovallee-plaineduvar.com). Similarly, the 4 hectares of the site of Penrith in Australia are adjacent to a major water course.