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Virbac group
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For more information about our actions in this field, please e-mail us: developpement. durable@virbac.com
 

Resource management

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.

Environmental protection: Training and provision of information for employees
To sensitise its teams to key environmental issues, Virbac has carried out several activities within France since 2012. In concrete terms, these were the implementation of a training process for jobs subject to Environment and Security regulations, as well as the provision of welcome sheets to new employees explaining the environment and health regulations to be respected. Since 2013, an HSE component has been included in the welcome programme for new employees. In 2015, with the creation of the HSE Corporate board and its connection to the chairman, an audit programme was built. Also in 2015, visits were made to the affiliates in Mexico, Australia, Taiwan and Vietnam and an action plan for each was established, including regular monitoring by the HSE Corporate board and local players.
 
 
MATERIALS
 
Minimise wastage at every stage of the industrial process
Since the introduction of the continuous improvement strategy, Virbac has stepped up the fine-tuning of its use of active ingredients, excipients and packaging. This improvement has been implemented through partnerships with dedicated suppliers and in compliance with different regulations: from procurement of the bare minimum (reduction of stocks and internal transfers), to the shipping of end products (in line with customer requirements) and optimised flow organisation (manufacturing smoothed and tailored to demand). Finally, while taking account of regulatory obligations for the pharmaceutical industry, Virbac’s innovation policy favours manufacturing products that require less wrapping and packaging.
 
Percentage of recycled material used
The pharmaceutical industry is subject to strict regulations regarding the purity, quality and stability of primary packaging (that is in contact with medicine). Therefore, at present, recycled materials cannot be used. Secondary packaging items are made of virgin cardboard, but fully optimised in terms of weight. Tertiary packaging and thicker secondary packaging are made from recycled fibres.
 
ENERGY
 
For several years, Virbac has endeavoured to cut its use of energy and natural resources by replacing equipment (more efficient), thermal insulation, optimising air conditioning and establishing consumption indicators as closely as possible to end users (better control of energy expenditure). Adjusted to an identical activity volume, the overall reduction in consumption on the sites in France (which represent over 50% of all Group production) reached nearly 29% for electricity over the past seven years. With an '‘eco-citizen’ approach, Virbac, through its Carros site (in France), is one of the twelve companies taking part in the Ecocity initiative, launched by the ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development in the French department of Alpes Maritimes. At the request of EDF, the incumbent electricity supplier, Virbac has committed to cutting its electricity consumption at several heating plants between 6pm and 8pm in winter, by an equivalent total of 500 kWh (for more information: www.nicegrid.fr).
 
Initiatives to reduce indirect energy consumption 

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.

Initiatives to reduce energy needs, products and services 

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.


WATER

For many years, Virbac has striven to lower the water consumption volume of equivalent activity by setting up recycling and production facilities for different qualities of water in accordance with the BAT. Thus, reduction of water consumption on French sites (representing more than 50% of the Group’s production) reached almost 22% over the last seven years.
 
 
BIODIVERSITY
 

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.

 
 
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