As a part of our goal to be a circular company, our ambition is to
eliminate environmental footprint from operations and drive a circular
transition across the company aiming for zero environmental impact.
We work to reduce our environmental impact across all areas of our
operations and transportation. As part of our ambition to switch to
circular sourcing and procurement, we collaborate with suppliers to
encourage them to shift to sustainably sourced materials, thus
reducing our environmental impact.
Focusing on CO2 emissions from operations, we are
building on the achievement in 2020 of using 100% renewable power
across our global production network. The next step is to transform
our business processes to eliminate the negative environmental
footprint from all our operations. It is our ambition to have zero net
emissions of CO2 from our own production facilities, global
office buildings and laboratories by 2030 (i.e., Scope 1 & Scope
2), and are striving to reduce our emissions year-on-year.
With regards to CO2 emissions from transportation, we
have made progress towards achieving our target of transitioning to
100% electric company cars by 2030, with 50% of vehicles in our home
market of Denmark now using electrical or plug-in technology.
Additionally, we have entered into an agreement with the Danish
shipping company, Maersk, to transport our products using sustainable
biofuels. All Mærsk shipments are covered in this agreement and
represent an estimated 50% sea-freight in primary distribution. We
have entered into a partnership with SKYNRG with the aim of reducing
our emissions from product distribution's air freight by 27% as of
2025. Additionally, we are also minimising emissions from business air
travel by using digital platforms for virtual collaboration whenever possible.
Our supply chain accounts for the vast majority of our total
CO2 emissions. We are stepping up our work with supply
chain partners to seek to ensure they also use renewable power when
producing for Novo Nordisk.
We expect all our direct suppliers to source 100% renewable power by
2030, thus reducing Scope 2 emissions within the supply chain.
Successful conversion to renewable power among all our suppliers would
result in a further estimated 300,000 tonnes of CO2 being
eliminated every year.
For more information about our position on climate, click here.
For more information about our alignment with the Task Force on
Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), click here.
Click the links for more information about the carbon footprint of
our products: FlexPen® | FlexTouch® | NovoPen® 4 | NovoPen® 5 & 6 | NovoPen Echo® & Echo® Plus
In 2022, Scope 1 emissions decreased by 1%
compared to 2021 due to an increase in usage of renewable energy
sources as a result of two production facilities, in the US and
France, having converted to using biogas. Scope 2 emissions were in
line with 2021.
In 2022, we have expanded our Scope 3 reporting to include all
categories of emissions from the GHG protocol relevant to Novo
Nordisk. The highest portion of Scope 3 emissions was in purchased
goods and services and capital goods. These two categories together
make up to 85% of the overall
CO2 emissions from operations and transportation were higher in 2022
than in 2021, partly reflecting the impact of COVID-19 on 2021
activities (in 2022, CO2 emissions from operations and transportation
decreased by 29% compared to 2019), but especially due to increased
emissions from transportation, as supply chain constraints have forced
us to increase our use of airfreight to ensure timely delivery of our
medicines to patients globally.
Due to our extensive supply chain, we have a target for all our
60,000+ suppliers, to be reached by 2030, to source 100% renewable
power when supplying us. Already more than 500 of our key suppliers
have committed to source renewable power, which has resulted in a
saving of more than 30,000 tonnes of CO2 since 2019.
Partnerships will be an essential part of addressing the supply
chain challenge. In 2022, we made alliances with Kuehne+Nagel and
SkyNRG for Sustainable Aviation Fuel that will reduce our emissions
from air transport significantly. The collaboration with SkyNRG, for
example, will enable us to cut CO2 emissions from airfreight by around
19,000 tonnes every year (equal to 1% of our emissions in 2022)
starting in 2027.
Overall, CO2 emissions intensity per employee (Scope
1,2,3) in 2022 was 38.65 tons per employee.
For the latest reporting on CO2 emissions, please refer
to the quarterly company announcements in the section Financial results and events.