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.
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. We reached our 2015 goals in 2012, reducing our environmental footprint by 18 percent, and have established bold new goals for 2020.
Our new greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity goal is to reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions intensity by 80 percent by 2020 compared to our 2006 baseline and normalized by revenue. This is equivalent to maintaining 2006 levels of GHG emissions, despite realized and anticipated business growth. For waste, our goal is to maintain zero waste-to-landfill, which we achieved for the first time in early 2012. We are also in the process of developing a new water intensity goal that we plan to release in 2015.