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Fresenius Kabi

An integral component of the quality management of Fresenius Kabi is an environmental management system that complies with the international standard ISO 14001. We are also pursuing the implementation of the occupational health and safety assessment system OHSAS 18001. Our goals:

  • decrease the waste volume at our production sites and sales offices
  • efficiently and carefully use energy to reduce emissions

An environmental manual and standard process guidelines provide local units a framework for environmental management. In 2012, Fresenius Kabi continued the matrix certification for the environmental management system. We use this system to analyze and assess work flows and processes according to sustainability criteria. At the same time, we document the responsible use of energies and natural resources as well as employee safety and environmental protection. This has shown us where improvements can be made, both with regard to the value chain and how we deal with external partners. Our international production network improves, for example, distribution to our customers and reduces emissions associated with transportation. Our goal is to base all internal and external processes not only on economic, but also ecological provisions, and to expand the matrix certification to other production sites and sales offices.

At our Friedberg and Bad Homburg production site in Germany, the recycling rate was 91% in 2012 (2011: 97%). The decrease was mainly attributable to the commissioning of new production lines and the respective start-up volumes. Our goal for 2013 is to improve the recycling rate back to the level of the previous year. In 2012, approximately 6,900 t of waste were recycled (2011: approximately 5,800 t). The waste volume rose by 30% in Friedberg and by 13% in Bad Homburg. We also used more electricity because of our higher production volume. At the same time, we succeeded in raising the percentage of total electricity consumption coming from renewable energies to approximately 24% (2011: approximately 23%).

In 2012, Fresenius Kabi continued to implement measures to reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and the consumption of raw materials. For example, the company uses the coolant heat produced to heat the logistics spaces. In addition, we use dark radiators in production areas. This energy-efficient infrared technology ensures that air in or close to the roof is not needlessly heated and that the desired heat is kept exclusively close to the ground. We are now able to save approximately 40% (2011: approximately 30%) compared with the energy consumed by conventional heating systems.

Fresenius Kabi invested in the modernization of its technical systems in 2012. We commissioned a new high-bay warehouse with an intelligent energy-saving ventilation system. We also installed a very efficient refrigeration unit. In terms of the ratio between refrigeration provided and electricity consumed, this unit provides much better performance, particularly when only partially utilized.

All of these activities not only protected the environment, they also helped – despite a much higher production volume – to lower energy costs in 2012.

In Austria, the production sites have an integrated management system for quality, the environment, safety, and risk management. Long-term goals are to guarantee and continuously improve the efficiency of environmental management, to handle environmental resources carefully, and to keep the impact on the environment as small as possible. These goals also represent the principles of our Company policies.

The environmental management system at the site in Graz has been certified pursuant to ISO 14001:2004. The system defines various environmental performance indicators, such as the recycling rate. For reasons of capacity, we moved the packaging activities from the Graz facility to a neighboring site and optimized both the processes and the logistics. This also had a positive effect on the recycling rate: despite the increase in production volume, we reached a rate of 85%, the same as in the previous year. Fresenius Kabi also signed a partnership agreement with a waste disposal facility that guarantees that waste is properly sorted. Graz also recorded another achievement in the field of commercial waste. Training sessions for employees and optimized opportunities for collecting waste ensured that the volume held steady in 2012 after we had reduced it by 10 tons in the previous year.

At the Graz location, we review the energy consumption every year in order to identify new savings opportunities. Despite the significant expansion in production in 2012, we kept electricity consumption at the previous year’s level. We also worked out a concept for regaining energy, which will generate further savings and will be realized in the next few years in a new building planned for construction.

Fresenius Kabi also has a certified environmental management system pursuant to ISO 14001:2004 at the Linz location. On the energy side, Fresenius Kabi uses the steam generated in the production of hydroxyethyl starch to preheat the process water. This measure saves us approximately 3 MWh a week. A modern and more efficient cardboard packaging press helped to reduce collection cycles by approximately one quarter. Fresenius Kabi also invested in soundproofing at the Linz location. A soundproofed blower has been installed for pneumatically pumping the lactose from the silo into the production process, and this has lowered the sound volume in the immediate vicinity.

In the interests of successful environmental management, we aim to use measures planned with the long term in mind to further save on energy and other resources.

At our Swedish production locations in Uppsala and Brunna, the projects we initiated previously relating to the supply and consumption of resources are bearing fruit:

  • The volume of waste was 5,609 t (2011: 4,751 t). We changed our waste disposal company in 2012 in order to increase the amount of waste that would be recycled. This step increased the volume of waste that is either recycled or bio-waste to 75% (2011: 54%). The volume of waste used to generate energy decreased to 25% (2011: 46%).
  • Energy consumption increased year on year by 21% or 21 GWh. Approximately 43% of the energy needed at both sites is covered by renewable energies. Despite the increase in energy consumption, we have managed to keep this figure constant over the last 5 years.
  • Although water consumption, at approximately 249,221 m3, was higher than the previous year’s figure of 232,266 m3, the percentage increase was nevertheless lower than the expansion in the volume of production.

New production technologies also contributed to consume resources much more efficiently.

At the Brunna location, a project was started in 2012 to analyze emissions of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and to lower them significantly. VOCs, e. g. acetone and ethanol, damage the environment and are among the precursors for forming ozone close to the ground. Fresenius Kabi is subject to strict rules on the control and emissions of VOCs. It is required to keep them as low as possible.

Fresenius Kabi also integrates standardized requirements for health, safety, and environmental protection into its quality management system. In the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, the employees of Fresenius Kabi sometimes have to work with toxic substances. Consequently, protecting the environment and ensuring the health and safety of our employees is of utmost importance. New requirements relating to occupational health and safety are integrated into our quality management, e. g. those in the REACH Regulation.

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