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Amgen has a comprehensive carbon reduction strategy that focuses on:
- Eliminating energy use,
- Increasing energy efficiency of products, processes, facilities, and transport,
- Increasing the proportion of renewable and alternative energy used.
Our objective is to achieve the maximum reduction of carbon for financial investment. We have reduced 104,200 metric tons (MT), or 25 percent, of carbon emissions since 2007 and saved more than $24 million in operating costs annually.
Our carbon reduction progress is managed through a formal project measurement and verification process and is tracked through deliberate efforts—without influence from growth or contraction in our business. For example, we do not count the closure of a facility or building or a downturn in our business toward the progress of our conservation targets. We have created a portfolio of projects and initiatives that we specifically execute, counting results of validated projects and initiatives only.
1. Eliminating Energy Use
Amgen’s process and technology innovations for manufacturing have significant energy conservation and carbon reduction benefits. Next-Generation Biomanufacturing technologies have been developed, piloted and successfully installed in process development and clinical manufacturing facilities in the United States and are anticipated to dramatically reduce carbon emissions compared with conventional biomanufacturing.
As a result, we have constructed a new manufacturing facility in Singapore that uses this technology and is in the final stages of commissioning.
Examples of eliminating energy use through better design
- In recent years we have expanded the use of isolator technology in drug product manufacturing, which creates an airtight barrier around a process eliminating the need for large conventional clean rooms. This technology provides substantial energy savings, as much as 60 percent over a conventional clean room, and helped us to attain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification for a building in Puerto Rico.
- Amgen consolidated R&D and Manufacturing operations into existing facilities in 2015, allowing us to close two large facilities in the United States in Washington and Colorado at the end of 2015. We are making deliberate design and technology choices that allow us to mitigate energy and water use and carbon emissions as our footprint shifts and changes globally.
2. Increasing Energy Efficiency of Products, Processes, Facilities, and Transportation
Amgen’s energy management and efficiency improvement program has steadily matured over the years as we incorporate industry best practices and share successful projects across our network of international locations. Our site in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, achieved the International Energy Management System Standard ISO 50001 Certification in 2015 for electrical, natural gas, and water consumption.
Examples of increasing energy efficiency of facilities
- We implemented a data analytics program that assesses existing automation and monitoring systems and delivers a prioritized list of opportunities for improvements at targeted U.S. manufacturing and research facilities. The opportunities we identified in 2016 resulted in savings of 4,300 gigajoules (GJ).
- We optimized heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in clean rooms at two U.S. manufacturing facilities to reduce energy consumption by 27,100 GJ.
- We upgraded lighting systems with energy-efficient LED technology in selected parking structures and buildings; reducing energy consumption by 7,000 GJ.
- We installed an advanced monitoring and control system at Amgen’s Cambridge, MA research facility, which has delivered a 30 percent improvement in energy consumption.
3. Increasing Proportion of Renewable and Alternative Energy Used
Currently our total renewable energy use is 21 percent of our total electricity consumption. Four of our European sites have increased renewable energy use to more than 90 percent of their total energy mix with some sites achieving up to 100 percent renewable usage.
A worldwide team of engineers continuously takes opportunities to reengineer existing utility systems and add new technologies to make facilities or processes the most energy efficient. Through our Sustainability Energy Network and our Innovation Network we manage a portfolio of projects for every application and facility at Amgen.
We have evaluated renewable and alternative energy technology options at every major Amgen site and include renewable and alternative energy projects in our long range plan. We have worked with peers and organizations to assess best practices in the area of renewable energy as part of our ongoing efforts to increase our proportion of renewable energy usage.
Carbon from Commuting and Transportation
Amgen encourages staff to commute to work in environmentally responsible ways that help decrease carbon emissions that result from transportation. In 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation awarded Amgen with an Excellence in Commuter Options Award at the Pinnacle level. This award recognizes companies that promote healthier, more environmentally friendly commuting options.
Virtual meetings save money and travel time and help reduce carbon emissions. Amgen conducts a percentage of our job candidate interviews and staff meetings using facility- and desktop-based virtual meeting technology. We have converted 65 percent of our face-to-face investigator meetings to a virtual format. In 2016, 1,249 attendees have attended a virtual meeting rather than face-to-face. Amgen is on track to deliver our goal of 75 percent investigator meetings in a virtual format.
See our Approach section on Sales Fleet Fuel Efficiency for information on fleet carbon management.