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Environment

The Bracco Group’s primary production units in Italy are located in or in the immediate vicinity of extremely important natural areas. Our presence inside or close to natural areas entails even greater responsibilities in terms of respecting the environment.

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Electricity consumption (MWh)

Electricity consumption (MWh)

The total electricity consumption of the production sites examined in this report is outlined below. Total energy consumption has risen slightly in the last two years (+1.5% vs. 2015, +2.9% vs. 2014). However, there is a downwards trend in terms of specific energy consumption at the API and R&D sites due to the energy efficiency measures implemented in the 3-year period. At the other sites increases in consumption are also due to the intrinsic variability of the production methods, occasional worksite activities and, in the case of the Montreal site, climatic factors.

Direct CO2 emissions (tonnes)

Direct CO2 emissions (tonnes)

For all the sites that use fossil fuels, direct CO2 emissions were calculated using the methodology defined by the ETS (Emission Trading System). All of these sites have used methane for some time. In 2016 there were minor variations in total emissions (+0.2% compared with 2015 and -2.5% compared with 2014).

Considering the positive trend in production at these sites, the trend is a fall in emissions per unit produced, the result of improvement measures carried out following the energy analysis.

VOC emissions (tonnes)

VOC emissions (tonnes)

Bracco Group VOC emissions derive from the activities of the API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) sites in Ceriano and Torviscosa. The positive trend in terms of the reduction in emissions of this parameter continued in 2016 with the quantity of VOC emitted falling by 11.6% compared with 2015 following the improvement measures carried out mainly at the Ceriano site.

COD discharges (tonnes)

COD discharges (tonnes)

COD discharges are calculated by adding together the quantities discharged by the Ceriano Laghetto, Torviscosa and Colleretto Giacosa sites. Compared with 2015 there was a 1.8% increase in 2016 (-5.4% vs. 2014) in the number of tonnes discharged. However, given the increase in production at these sites the number of tonnes discharged per unit produced fell slightly (-0.4% vs. 2015).

Bracco Group - FI trend (FI)

Bracco Group - FI trend (FI)

The frequency index (FI) is related to the number of accidents. The following formulas is used: FI = (no. accidents > 3 days) / hours worked*1,000,000.

Compared with the average among Italian companies that implement RC, used as a reference index, the Group FI is the same (3.7).
Bracco Group - SI trend (SI)

Bracco Group - SI trend (SI)

The severity index (SI) is related to the number of working days lost. The following formulas is used: SI= (no. days lost) / hours worked*1,000. Compared with the average among Italian companies that implement RC, used as a reference index, the SI is much lower (0.05 vs. 0.14), meaning that on average the accidents that occurred resulted in a limited number of lost days.
Percentage of waste sent for recovery (%)

Percentage of waste sent for recovery (%)

The percentage of waste sent for recovery is very high compared with the industry average (e.g. in 2015 the percentage of waste sent for recovery by Italian companies that implement the Responsible Care programme was 44.4%). In 2016 this figure came to 79.1%. The variations in the 3-year period are also the result of occasional disposals.

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