STADA’s operational environmental protection generally covers the areas of energy, gas, water and waste, focusing in this regard on statutory requirements which are fully complied with. The Company, for example, maintains location-related energy balances and in 2015 conducted energy audits at all locations in Germany in accordance with the Energy Services Act (Energiedienstleistungsgesetz). In this regard, STADA’s energy balance was above average in an industry comparison. Subsequent audits are planned at regular intervals and the potentials for improvement that are identified through the energy audits and energy inspections flow successively into the planning of renovation and modernization measures.
Within the scope of its production processes, STADA works with active ingredients and auxiliary materials the improper handling of which could have a potential impact on the environment. In order to consistently prevent impurities as well as contaminations from wastewater, the air or the soil, the Company follows EU-GMP guidelines for its manufacturing practices and produces exclusively at GMP certified facilities worldwide. At the same time, STADA maintains long-term business relations to those suppliers, whose manufacturing processes also conform to the GMP standards (see Annual Report 2017: Product safety and quality – Good Manufacturing Practices). In addition, STADA sources its active ingredients and auxiliary materials from suppliers with established Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) programs and takes measures to survey, review and evaluate its existence and implementation (see Annual Report 2017: Responsible Corporate Governance and Compliance – Social Compliance Questionnaire ).
STADA strives to continuously optimize the environmental balance of its plants. For this reason, the Company observes a high technological standard and considers resource-saving equipment for new and replacement investments in plants in Germany and abroad. Budget administration for this takes place centrally at Group headquarters.
STADA generally follows a two-phase concept in order to identify and realize any possible efficiency increases:
- The preventative environmental protection concept is integrated into production and starts in the planning phase for manufacturing as well as production facilities. It occurs in the conception phase of a manufacturing process and takes into account material and energy efficiency. This is reflected in the specification sheet sent to the respective equipment manufacturer. Furthermore, formulations which contain raw materials with little negative impact on the environment, such as organic solvents, are generally sought when developing new products so that the production process causes the least possible amount of emissions.
- With regard to existing production facilities, a retrospective evaluation and assessment takes place where appropriate. In this way, depending on the criticality of the environmental impact at each location, existing production units are replaced with new, state-of-the-art solutions, which are also more environmentally friendly.
Environmental management process
Beginning with reporting year 2018, STADA’s environmental management process is oriented toward the so-called PDCA cycle (Plan-Do-Check-Act). Accordingly, continuous planning, controlling, monitoring and the improvement of selected operational processes take place. In so doing, the following steps are continuously repeated with the target of realizing consistent improvement.
- Plan: The consumption figures for energy, water, oil and gas are collected each year to identify potential improvements. The aim here is to first establish a target in that area, for which practical improvements can be achieved with appropriate financial expense.
- Do: Location-dependent measures are carried out to achieve the target efficiently.
- Check: A variance analysis takes place regarding the targets achieved and those planned.
- Act: Interim reviews are carried out during the reference period in order to estimate target achievement, and, in the case of an impending failure to meet the target, a review takes place as to whether the requirements and framework conditions need adjustment. In this way, adjustments can still be made during the general assessment phase in order to achieve the target.
In financial year 2017, STADA carried out a centralized inquiry into the use of certain energy carriers for its major production locations. This data inquiry is set to be continued in future and expanded, where appropriate, in order to identify potential optimizations and to validate resource efficiency. For the current financial year 2018, the Company set as its goal a reduction in the use of power and energy in KWh per packaging unit by 1% in comparison to the reporting year. This objective applies to STADA’s most active production locations in Bad Vilbel, Germany, Nizhny Novgrod, Russia, Huddersfield, United Kingdom, and Vrsac, Serbia.