Minimising UDG’s environmental footprint is a fundamental part of our sustainability strategy.
In alignment with the Paris agreement we want to take ambitious environmental mitigation action and have committed to ongoing identification of environmental impacts of our activities whilst continually improving our environmental performance.
UDG Healthcare is a growing business with an ever expanding geographical footprint, therefore our environmental performance remains a key pillar of our organisational sustainability.
We are committed to identifying and controlling the environmental impact of our activities and services whilst continually improving our environmental performance. We have adopted a systematic approach to setting environmental objectives, to achieving these and to demonstrating that they have been achieved.
Fossil free commitment
In conjunction with one of our clients, Biogen, Sharp has recently pledged to become fossil fuel free by 2040.
The Sharp management team in conjunction with the Group sustainability team are exploring the practical steps we will need to take to deliver upon this commitment.
In April 2019, a 250kWp roof-mounted solar panel system, consisting of 888 individual panels, was successfully installed in our Rhymney site. Using the latest solar panel technology, this system is expected to make over 1,700 tonnes of carbon savings over its 25-year lifespan. In its first year of installation this system has exceeded its projected carbon savings.
In addition, we are pleased to announce that all of our Sharp sites in the U.S. are now sourcing their electricity supply from a green electricity supplier. Green electricity is generated using renewable energy sources, such as hydro, solar and wind.
Reducing our waste
Our Environmental KPI programme has been in place since 2017. The objectives of this programme are to: improve the quality and consistency of environmental data; establish business specific environmental initiatives; and, to deliver savings through reduced consumption and resource efficiency.
This year, we have added waste to our KPI listing. We are confident that if we can accurately measure both the volume and waste stream types leaving all of our locations we will be able to reduce the volume of waste and continue to increase the number of sites diverting waste from landfill. We expect this process will also generate financial savings and facilitate case study- driven shared learning.
The Carbon Disclosure Project (‘CDP’) provides a globally recognised disclosure system that enables companies to measure and manage their environmental impacts. In January 2020, CDP awarded UDG a score of B- for its 2019 submission (based on 2018 data).
For CDP 2020 (based on 2019 data), UDG Healthcare disclosed emissions and environmental data across the Group covering all countries. The results of this submission will not be available until early 2021.
Our CDP submission this year can be summarised as follows:
We reported on Scope 1 , Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions.
This year we reported emissions across 14 countries compared to 13 countries reported last year.
Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions increased by 10% compared with the previous year.
Scope 1 and 2 emissions increased by 11% per unit of revenue when compared with the previous year 2018.