Four CMTA members receive environmental award

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 6, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On December 13, 2005, during the CMTA/IEA Environmental Conference in San Diego, CMTA member companies Pfizer, Anheuser-Busch, Bayer, and Air Products and Chemicals were recognized for their commitment in exceeding environmental regulatory requirements. The Environmental Responsibility Awards are given each year to companies that exemplify innovative and successful solutions to environmental problems.  

Listed below are their success stories:
Reduces annual CO2 emissions up to 15,000 tons

Pfizer La Jolla is made up of nine buildings covering nearly 1 million square feet and home to over 17,000 researchers and support staff that research cancer, viral diseases, diabetes, obesity and HIV. 

In an effort to improve health and wellness in the workplace, Pfizer implemented an internal "Energy Efficiency Initiative" that evaluated all phases of their operations and identified a series of projects to manage and reduce energy consumption.  These entities include, adjusting temperatures in labs and offices, reducing air flow to labs and offices, modifying temperature set points during nights and weekends, installing a site-wide power management system and the "Slash your Sash" program.

"Slash your Sash" is a program designed to encourage lab researchers to close fume hoods when not in use.  A 6-foot hood open about 1-foot wide for an entire year uses approximately $600 in energy per year ($950 if opened 18 inches per year and $1,350 if left fully open).

This is the third year in a row Pfizer has taken significant steps toward sustainable development and pollution prevention.  They have worked closely with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), participating in their "Savings by Design Program" as well fine tuning older, more energy intensive equipment.  As a result, Pfizer’s facilities performed 27-30 percent higher than required under California’s Title 24 energy efficiency standards.  They are expecting a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 15,000 tons per year.

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Achieves 98.6 percent recycling/reuse rate

Anheuser-Busch in Fairfield has been in operation since 1976, brewing, packaging and shipping malt beverages.  Since the early 1990’s, Anheuser-Busch has had an Environmental Management System (EMS) covering all aspects of environmental stewardship and pollution prevention. 

With by-products such as spent brewing grain, recovered alcohol from waste beer and yeast, cardboard, glass, beechwood chips and scrap metal, Anheuser Busch has been committed to investigate new ways to keep potential waste or byproducts from reaching landfills.  In 2004, they achieved a 98.6 percent recycling or reuse rate totaling 101,000 tons of 15 different materials. 

Also, the brewery recently implemented a new strategy to collect and recycle the backing of a new clear label for one of their bottle packages, which has resulted in an estimated 167 tons of plastic film being recycled each year.  The Fairfield facility has won 12 consecutive "Waste Reduction Awards" given each year by the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

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Expects to exceed 80 percent recycling rate in 2005

With more than a century of working to develop and produce novel treatments that extend and enhance the lives of patients who suffer from life-threatening diseases, Bayer’s global headquarters in Berkeley is a world-class biotechnology facility committed to environmental excellence.

In 2004, Bayer achieved an unusually high recycling and reuse rate of more than 77 percent, up 5 percent from the year before.  Since they started data collection 8 years ago, Bayer has managed a recycle and reuse rate of 50 percent.

One of Bayer’s new waste reduction goals is to target strategies for material substitution for plastic articles and collection of plastic sheeting for recycling.  They expect to exceed an 80 percent recycling rate in 2005.

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Air Products and Chemicals
Achieves 49 percent reduction in hazardous waste

Located in Carlsbad since 1987, Air Products and Chemicals (APC) has been processing ultra-high purity chemicals used in the semi-conductor industry.

Starting in 2003, APC undertook a series of projects in all phases of their business operations to reduce hazardous waste as well as reduce raw materials usage.  Through an improved purification process, the yield of TEOS, a combustible liquid, was increased, resulting in a reduction of TEOS hazardous waste generation by 6,600 pounds and a reduction of raw material used by 22,000 pounds per year.

Another process change reused waste acetone to remove label adhesive from containers instead of buying new acetone.  This resulted in a reduction of acetone hazardous waste generated by 1,600 pounds annually.  Three other additional operational changes implemented by APC reduced 23,000 pounds of hazardous waste annually.

Overall, APC has achieved a 49 percent annual reduction in hazardous waste or an absolute reduction of 45,000 pounds.

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CMTA is proud to represent these innovative manufacturers and will use these examples to emphasize the industry’s environmental dedication. 
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