Just as Biogen Idec seeks to have a positive impact on the lives of our patients and employees and in the communities where we operate, we also strive to minimize our impact on the environment. We continuously work to identify new and unique ways to quantify, understand and manage these impacts. This relentless pursuit has led us to rethink the way resources are used at our company. For details on our environmental initiatives and performance, please see our 2012 Corporate Citizenship Report and Performance Data.
Focusing on What Matters Most
Our strategic approach to environmental sustainability focuses on three key areas: water, energy and materials. In 2009, we set a long-term goal of reducing our overall environmental footprint by 15 percent by 2015, compared to 2006 levels. To ensure that our approach accurately reflected the needs and impacts of our business, we established a Risk-Weighted Environmental Index to track our progress against this goal.
Our Risk-Weighted Environmental Index measures our environmental footprint in four key areas: water use, energy use, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and solid waste to landfills. Since water is a key resource in the manufacture of our products and is scarce in some of the regions where we operate, water use is weighted most heavily. We reached our 2015 goals in 2012 and will work to continue this level of environmental performance as we look to establish new goals for 2020.
We support the achievement of our environmental goals through a variety of avenues, including collaboration with other companies, pursuit of best practices like LEED certification and the adoption of internationally recognized management systems. We also look to our employees as a source of best practices, and we recognize and reward them for their ideas.
ISO 14001 Initiative – In 2011, Hillerød, Denmark, became our first manufacturing facility to receive ISO 14001 certification. ISO 14001 is a voluntary, internationally recognized standard that requires companies to continually improve their environmental performance by systematically setting goals and tracking performance against those goals over time. Hillerød’s certification is part of a larger corporate initiative to earn this certification for all of our manufacturing facilities within the next few years.
Sustainability Leadership Awards – The annual Biogen Idec Sustainability Leadership Awards honors employees around the world who have implemented projects aimed at reducing our environmental impact.
LEED Certification – In early 2013, Biogen Idec dedicated Building 26, our new 190,000 square foot facility in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The building received LEED-Gold certified status in May 2013. With more than 1,000 people on site, we worked to design a space that is both functional and efficient. LEED is a voluntary program established by the U.S. Green Building Council that provides third-party verification of green buildings.