Environmental impact


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Utilization of resources

Water and energy consumption are key indicators of efficiency and environmental impact related to the utilization of resources. We therefore implemented a set of efficiency indexes with targets for relative improvement for 2015 compared to 2005. For water the 2015 target is to improve efficiency by 40% and for energy by 50% compared to 2005.

The realized improvement in water efficiency in 2010 was 29% and for energy efficiency 30%, compared to 27% realized improvements for both in 2009. Thus we are well on our way to meet the long-term targets.

Climate change impact

It is important for Novozymes to be able to position our enzyme technology as part of the solution to address climate change. At the same time we also need to consider our own carbon footprint. Accordingly, Novozymes has set a 2015 efficiency target to improve CO2 efficiency by 50% compared to 2005. With an improvement of 38% in 2010, compared to 24% in 2009, we improved our CO2 efficiency by 14 %-points. This was a result of the implementation of several projects, including an increased share of purchased electricity from wind turbines.

We also set a target for global reduction of CO2 emissions based on LCA studies. With a calculated reduction of 40 million tons for 2010 through our customers’ application of our products, we achieved a considerable improvement compared to 2009 as a result of improved product performance as well as a positive product mix, with increased sales volumes of products with a high CO2 reduction potential.

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