Eli Lilly has made progress toward its five-year environmental goals that included cutting energy use 15 percent, reducing water intake by 25 percent and cutting the amount of waste sent to landfills by 40 percent.
When compared to a 2007 baseline, Lilly said it has already cut energy use 5 percent, reduced waste sent to landfills by 56 percent and cut water use 30 percent, according to a press release.
“Our employees are eager to become more engaged, and we are leveraging that commitment to minimize our natural resource use and lessen our impact on the environment,” said Greg Spratt, advisor of environmental sustainability at Lilly.
Lilly’s asset recovery team, which is responsible for collecting and redeploying office supplies and surplus manufacturing and lab equipment, has generated an estimated $5.5 million in savings annually, said Wayne Poole, an engineer who oversees this operation at Lilly.
Last October, the global pharmaceutical company said it had reached a key energy goal two years ahead of time by improving its energy intensity (energy used per dollar of sales) by more than 35 percent and cutting its absolute energy use by 5.8 percent from 2004 to 2008.
Over the same period, the company also cut its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 4.4 percent.
Last February, Lilly made the Uptime Institute’s Global Green 100 list.
Lilly also has made CRO’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list.