We are changing our manufacturing to halve the amount of operational waste we generate by 2020 and are shifting perceptions to see waste as a potential resource.
Over 70% of GSK sites achieve zero waste to landfill
In 2010 some 17,200 tonnes of waste were being sent to landfill each year. So, a target was set: to achieve zero waste to landfill at all our sites by 2020. Today, over 70% of GSK sites and offices have now achieved zero waste to landfill.
Seeing waste as a resource
Instead of waste streams going to landfill, they are being seen as a resource and diverted to other uses. This is because, as well as environmental benefits, there are considerable economic and social benefits to be gained, too.
Our waste targets
With a goal to halve operational waste by 2020, we are actively eliminating, reusing and recycling waste, as well as generating energy from waste. We continue to make progress towards our 2020 commitment, cutting our operational waste (hazardous and non-hazardous) by 25% over the last five years. Our investment in infrastructure and technology has yielded results. In 2016, we produced 137,000 tonnes of waste, 4% less than the previous year. The majority of this (73%) was recycled or incinerated to recover energy, with only 5% sent to landfill.
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When we analysed our carbon footprint in 2010, two things became clear: we needed to take action to reduce it.
Less is more with advanced technologies in manufacturing
Is ‘continuous manufacturing’ the best way to be greener?
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We are working to reduce emissions from our entire value chain while extending access to our products for the people who need them
By better understanding our water use across the value chain, we can focus our efforts where we can make the biggest difference
We are taking steps to ensure that raw materials, such as wood-based packaging materials and palm oil are sourced responsibly.
Responsibility reports & data
Find out about our responsible business performance in our Responsible Business Supplement and other historical resources