As part of its CSR policy, Guerbet strives to ensure sustainable development while minimizing the Group’s environmental impact across all of its activities, from production to customer delivery.
Through its HSE policy, Guerbet is committed to putting in place solutions aimed at preserving the environment through control of industrial plants and actions to reduce environmental impacts:
- control of production processes
- sustainable use of natural resources
- combating climate change
- process innovation approach
- control of discharges.
In order to achieve the target of a 25% reduction in relative water consumption in the industrial plants between 2017 and 2023, the plants have implemented water consumption control programs.
In order to achieve the goal of reducing relative energy consumption by 25% in the industrial plants between 2017 and 2023, the plants are rolling out energy consumption control programs to limit their environmental impact and optimize production costs.
A few years ago, the Group embarked on process innovation through the use of solvents resulting from regeneration, the recycling of iodine in processes, and the replacement of solvents with others that are less harmful to the environment.
The recovery of iodine at the Lanester plant and Ioversol (active ingredient) at the Dublin plant illustrates our approach to sustainable development and the circular economy, since this recycling makes it possible to combine competitiveness and mitigation of the environmental impact (preservation of the global iodine resource, circular economy by recycling and reuse internally).
Guerbet also has eco-designed packaging. Xenetix®, initially contained in vials, is also available in polypropylene bags (Scanbag® by Xenetix®). This original packaging preserves the properties of Xenetix® while making it simpler to use, enhancing the safety of patients and medical staff and representing a major step forward in waste management (decreased weight and volume).
All industrial plants have programs for optimizing and recovering waste, either internally or externally. 65% of waste from industrial plants treated externally is recovered, an improvement over 2016 (56% in 2016). Waste sorting and recovery programs are also in place at the head office and in other sites.