Principle 7

Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges

Novozymes' management systems, commitments, and positions

Novozymes' approach in 2010

Reference to GRI G3 performance indicators

Touch the World

  • Vision, values, and company idea
  • Support for the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and the United Nations Global Compact


Environment and bioethics policy

Position on antibiotic resistance genes in GMMs
Position on biofuels
Position on detergent enzymes
Position on enzymes produced by GMMs
Position on gene technology
Position on global warming Position on labeling of enzymes

Scope and approach
At Novozymes, we want to protect the environment and natural resources by using environmentally friendly processes based on biological processes. We want to minimize our consumption of raw materials, water, and energy, and to control emissions from our production effectively. Three examples are given below of how Novozymes supports a precautionary approach to environmental challenges:

At Novozymes, one important environmental challenge is the efficient use of fresh water. While fresh water is a renewable resource, the world's demand exceeds the supply. We have evaluated risks related to our local water use with respect to the abundance of local water resources. We will use “efficiency of water use” to decouple growth from resource use and at the same time avoid limitations for business growth. The importance of this approach is that we can document that the way we run our business is sustainable regarding water. Part of this documentation comes from identified water-saving projects that address risks regarding the future water supply.

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Relevant use of biotechnology
A precautionary approach to environmental challenges is particularly relevant in the use of modern biotechnology and bioinnovation. Novozymes uses genetic engineering, and production to a large extent is based on genetically modified microorganisms (GMMs). The precautionary approach therefore forms part of the management system. Research, development, and production all follow fixed safety procedures. Please see Novozymes’ position on gene technology.

Life cycle assessments (LCAs)
Over the last seven years, the majority of Novozymes’ product groups have undergone a thorough assessment of environmental impacts, an evaluation process called a life cycle assessment (LCA). LCA is a scientifically based study of a product's positive and negative environmental impacts throughout its life cycle: from extraction of resources through production to use and final disposal of the product.

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Published LCA studies

Please refer to Principles 8 and 9 for an outline of Novozymes’ responsibilities and activities with regard to environmental challenges.

Energy efficiency

EC 2

EN 18
EN 26
EN 32

SO 5



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