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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, fuels), emissions into water, air and the quantity of waste generated.

The scope of the principal environmental indicators covers all the major production sites, representing almost 60% of the Group’s sales in 2016: South Africa, Australia, Brazil, the United States, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Uruguay and Vietnam (excluding Chile which is a joint-venture). For reasons of reporting maturity, certain indicators are collected within a more limited scope and the Group is continuously working to expand this. All the exclusions or possible focus countries are specified. Thus, due to a lack of maturity on CO2 emissions linked to transport, these data are only reported on within France. In 2017, Virbac will work on the reliability and completeness of these indicators which should therefore be published.

The Grenelle II provision on land use has not been covered, as it has been deemed not applicable in relation to the activities and locations of the Virbac group. Finally, following the publication of the French decree of May 3, 2012 concerning the compulsory provision of financial guarantees for securing certain facilities classified for environmental protection, Virbac provided a financial guarantee in France of €124,164.

Circular economy
Taking into account its activity, the Virbac group is not concerned with actions to combat food waste. The establishment of the waste collection and sorting channels described in the report on page 54 also aims to establish a circular economy. It should be noted that the reuse of waste is not applicable to pharmaceuticals.

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, training process has been implemented for positions subject to environment and security regulations, as well as welcome sheets explaining the environment and health regulations to be respected are provided to new employees. Since 2013, an HSE section 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, the subsidiaries in Mexico, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam, America, Uruguay and New Zealand, were audited: an action plan for each of these subsidiaries was established, including regular monitoring by the HSE Corporate board and local stakeholders.
 
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 strictly necessary (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 the 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 been working to reduce its energy and natural resource consumption by replacing equipment (better efficiency), adding thermal insulation, optimising air conditioning and by introducing consumption indicators as close as possible to end users (better control of energy expenditure). Compared to an identical volume of activity, the overall reduction in electricity consumption in France (which accounts for more than 50% of the Group’s production) reached almost 37% for the last eight years. With an eco-citizen approach, Virbac, through its Carros site (in France), is one of the twelve companies involved in the Ecocités initiative launched by the ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development in the French department of Alpes Maritimes. Thus, between 2014 and 2016 and at the request of the incumbent electricity supplier EDF, Virbac undertook to cut the electricity consumption at several heating installations between 6pm and 8pm during the winter period, by a total equivalent of 500 kWh (for more information: www.nicegrid.fr). This trial, which ended in the summer of 2016, will be repeated in a more comprehensive form during 
2017, Virbac will then make a decision about its participation in this process.
 
Initiatives to reduce indirect energy consumption 

For all 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, on the Penrith site in Australia, a reduction of about 500 MWh per year was recorded in electricity consumption thanks to the installation of solar panels and optimised power management; again in Penrith, a reduction in gas consumption of 580 MWh per year was made possible by the implementation of optimised maintenance of industrial boilers.
Within 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 detailed inspection of the major sites in France, has identified three major areas of potential gain: better management of temperatures and renewal rates at its air treatment plants; installation of a heat recovery unit at the water treatment plant, and, finally, installation of additional insulation on all the steam circuits. Thus almost 100 “insulating mattresses” have been installed at the Carros site in France. The heat recovery unit at the water treatment plant is being installed and will be finalised and commissioned in the first half of 2017. This project will have the twofold advantage of both reducing gas consumption and reducing the capacity of installed boilers.
At the Instrucciones site in Uruguay, the set point for the hot water network was lowered by 15°C, thus reducing gas consumption by nearly 3%.

Initiatives to reduce energy needs, products and services 

Virbac seeks 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). At the Instrucciones site in Uruguay, a “shutdown” of the air-handling plants for the production areas is carried out outside of periods of activity. Just as during the installation of temperature control systems for raw materials at Carros in France in 2015, the temperature control of stores selling finished product on this same site (in the course of installation) integrates the optimisation of electricity consumption in technical choices. At the St. Louis site in the United States, and in continuity of the actions already carried out, the insulation of the storage warehouses has been reinforced by the installation of insulating gates and LED lighting continue to be installed especially on the exteriors.

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 21% over the last eight 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 Operation of national interest (OIN). 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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