Syngenta is committed to continually reduce the impact of its operations on the environment. We look for ways to improve energy efficiency and prevent waste by reducing, reusing and recycling more materials. The latest data for our environmental performance can be found on our global website.
Campaigns on our sites have made every employee aware of how to reduce our gas, electricity and water usage throughout the business. Individual sites are encouraged to find the best ways to improve their energy efficiency. In 2008, 80% of Syngenta’s site energy reduction campaigns met or exceeded their targets.
At Jealott’s Hill in Berkshire, energy Management has been high on the agenda for a number of years resulting in a 42% reduction since 2004. This translates to over £600,000 per annum being saved as well as a considerable reduction in carbon emissions to benefit the environment. The results have been achieved by a combination of improved control of building services as well as teams of people looking at how they can reduce the energy they use.
Our manufacturing centre in Grangemouth has worked to improve resource efficiency, and to reduce the site’s environmental impact. In 2008, the site packaging recycling scheme successfully resulted in zero landfill. By increasing the size of bulk waste loads from 20 to 28 tonnes, transport miles were reduced by 225,600 miles. The site has also seen a significant increase in other recycling on site, for example, all timber pallets. Those pallets not suitable for recovery or reuse are used to make a chipboard type material.
Our manufacturing site in Huddersfield has also made enormous improvements. The site reduced its environmental load factor – the tonnes of waste produced per tonne of product made – by 10% between 2006 and 2007. The success of Huddersfield’s improvement program has gained external recognition, winning an award in 2007 for Effective Engineering.