Fresenius Kabi

In 2009, Fresenius Kabi extended the certification of its environmental management. It was certified by an external organization that the environmental management system at two more production sites in Europe and Asia conformed to the requirements of ISO Standard 14001:2004. The certification of further sites is planned.

At our production sites in Friedberg and Bad Homburg, Germany, the recycling rate was at the previous year’s level of about 95 %. About 5,200 t of waste were recycled (2008: approximately 5,900 t). The volume of waste at the two locations was reduced by about 25 % at the Friedberg plant and by about 17 % at our location in Bad Homburg.

Numerous measures were implemented in 2009 to reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and the consumption of natural resources such as water. The building control system at the Friedberg site was extensively overhauled. This enabled Fresenius Kabi to reduce energy consumption at the plant by about 700,000 KWh a year. That represents a reduction of CO2 emissions by about 180 t.

The useful life of fully demineralized water (FD water) in production was extended. This reduced the use of chemicals and flushing water in the water treatment process. FD water is a preliminary stage of distilled water; both types of water are produced directly at the production site. Fresenius Kabi uses FD water for cleaning processes in production, e. g. for cleaning production lines and equipment. Distilled water is used directly in the production of drugs.

An energy concept was developed for the Friedberg production site in collaboration with an external partner. The aim was to identify potential for further energy savings. First measures are due to be implemented in 2010.

An energy concept was developed for the Friedberg production site in collaboration with an external partner. The aim was to identify potential for further energy savings. First measures are due to be implemented in 2010.

At the production site in Graz, Austria, a certified environmental management system has been in place since 2008. This defines various performance indicators, such as the recycling rate. The aim is to guarantee and continuously improve the efficiency of the plant’s environmental management over the long term.

In 2009, we were able to increase the recycling rate by about 10 % to 70 %. The remaining 30 % serves as a source of energy and is used for this purpose in thermal waste treatment plants. A basic prerequisite for proper recycling is strict, sort-clean waste separation. Other environmental indicators are, for instance, energy consumption – by type of energy – and water consumption, relative to production output in each case.

The environmental protection measures at the Graz site are continuously optimized through environmental training schemes for employees. Internal audits are carried out to monitor and evaluate their success.

At the production site in Linz environmental management had the following focuses in 2009. Firstly, we implemented the environmental management system to ISO 14001:2004 standards and, secondly, an energy and resource conservation project was continued. Internal audits were conducted to evaluate the general environmental impact in the individual departments. Here we concentrated above all on waste disposal and the handling of hazardous substances. A number of measures were already successfully implemented in 2009. We achieved reductions in energy and water consumption and in the volume of waste water. In the production of lactulose, for instance, the existing agitator motors in the production vessels were replaced with motors of a higher efficiency rating. This measure reduced the level of energy consumption by about 25 %. The Linz plant is one of the biggest producers of lactulose in the world. Lactulose is produced from lactose through processes of chemical conversion. Due to its detoxifying effect, the product is used in the treatment of diseases of the liver or intestine.

Other long-term measures are planned that will save energy and other resources in future.

At our plants in Uppsala and Brunna, Sweden, the total volume of waste in 2009 was 3,337 t (2008: 3,412 t). Over the past years we have initiated a number of waste management projects aimed at reducing the volume of waste and, equally, at organizing the disposal of the waste in the most environmentally sound and efficient manner. Water consumption increased compared to 2008, due among other reasons to the increase of production output.

In 2009, measures were continued to reduce energy consumption at the locations. The operation of ventilation and air-conditioning systems has been much reduced outside production times. A vapor condenser was installed to reduce energy losses in the steam heating system. The condenser recovers the energy from the steam heating system that is released to the atmosphere as vapor after the heating process. In addition, more energy-efficient pumps were installed in the system as well. Furthermore, at the Brunna site the refrigerant HCFC R22 (Hydro chlorofluorocarbons) was replaced by the much more environment-friendly refrigerant HFC R407C (Hydro Fluorocarbons). We are also working on a plan of action to identify potential for further savings.

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