Performance and how we report

By investing in energy optimisation and shifting to renewable energy we have cut carbon emissions from our global production sites by almost 60% since 2004. 

We use energy in all parts of our production – from fermentation through filling of our product. In 2017, energy consumption decreased slightly compared to 2016. We continue to focus on energy efficiency, and projects implemented in 2017 are expected to give annual savings of more than 5,000 MW in 2018.

The overall CO2 emissions from energy consumption in 2017, decreased by 2% compared to 2016, due to decreased energy use in areas that use fossil-based energy. 


Going 100% renewable

In 2015, we joined RE100. RE100 is a collaborative, global initiative of businesses, which are committed to using 100% renewable power and are working to increase demand for – and delivery of – renewable energy. 

At the end of 2017, 79% of all electricity was from renewable sources. All but one production site in Denmark use gas from biogas plants, and the facility in Brazil uses steam produced from certified wood. The remaining production facilities use natural gas. In 2017 Novo Nordisk continued to engage with suppliers to explore possible solutions for renewable power for our facilities in US and Europe, in order to meet our long term target on a 100% supply of electricity from renewable sources.

Share of electricity from renewable sources:

  • In 2016, the share of electricity from renewable sources was 78%.
  • In 2017, the share of electricity from renewable sources was 79%. 
Share of renewable power for production
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How we report

In 2017, we were awarded the performance score ‘A’ on the CDP Climate A list - one of only three pharma companies globally. This is the 15th time we report to CDP.1

More detailed CDP scores

More information can be found in the Novo Nordisk Annual Report 2017.


1. We report CO2 according to the GHG protocol. We use various sources and methodologies to calculate CO2 emissions. Carbon emissions from use of energy are based on GJ energy use and emission factors from the previous year. The calculation of emissions from our supply of services and goods is based on the EP&L methodology (spend data) and updated on an annual basis. Calculation of emissions from our use of raw materials is based on tons of materials used and Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) data, and updated every second year.