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 118,200 metric tons (MT), or 28 percent, of carbon emissions from 2007 through 2017 and saved more than $28 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.
Examples of eliminating energy use through better design:
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration licensed Amgen’s pioneering next-generation biomanufacturing plant in Singapore for commercial production of biologic drug substance in 2017. Compared with the manufacture of the same amount of product in a traditional facility, the plant has so far demonstrated annualized reductions of approximately 268,000 gigajoules of energy, 8,800 metric tons of carbon and 82,000 cubic meters of water.
- 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.
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. We use ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® at selected Amgen sites in the United States and Canada. Over the years, Amgen has participated in ENERGY STAR Industrial Partner and Focus meetings. We were a featured presenter at the 2017 ENERGY STAR Industrial Partner meeting with a talk about our Smart and Integrated Facility Utility Monitoring Program. 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 have implemented a data analytics program (SaIF) that assesses existing automation and monitoring systems and delivers a prioritized list of opportunities for improvements at targeted U.S. and international manufacturing and research facilities. The opportunities we identified in 2017 resulted in savings of 67,800 GJ. Since implementation in 2015, SaIF has resulted in savings of 106,200 GJ and approximately $1,300,000.
- We optimized heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in clean rooms at two U.S. manufacturing facilities.
- We upgraded lighting systems with energy-efficient LED technology in selected parking structures and buildings; reducing energy consumption by 7,900 GJ.
3. Increasing Proportion of Renewable and Alternative Energy Used
Currently our total renewable energy use is 26 percent of our total electricity consumption. Two of our European sites use 100 percent renewable energy. Our San Francisco facility used 50 percent renewable energy for all of 2017.
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 and, in some cases, incentivizes staff to commute to work in environmentally responsible ways that help decrease carbon emissions that result from transportation. Amgen began reporting carbon emissions related to staff commuting for the first time in 2017. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation awarded Amgen with a 2017 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 more than half of Clinical Study investigator meetings to a virtual format. In 2017, this reflects over one-thousand people who attended a virtual meeting rather than a face-to-face meeting. Amgen continues to strive 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.