Working in partnerships
At Novo Nordisk, we believe that we have a responsibility to be part
of the solution to global environmental challenges. We also believe
that environmental challenges are often complex, and that it takes
innovative solutions to make a real difference.
It is our experience that these solutions are often best developed
and executed when working in partnerships.
How we take action
To address global environmental challenges, we engage in a broad
range of partnerships. Here are a few examples:
2018, we finalised a long-term solution for renewable power in
Europe with the power company, Vattenfall. This solution will
secure power from Danish windfarms to Novo Nordisk’s European
production sites from 2020.
- In May 2007, we signed
a deal with the Danish energy supplier Ørsted. We pledged to convert
energy savings realised at our Danish production sites into the
purchase of renewable energy certificates from the wind farm Ørsted
was building in the North Sea. This was a cost-neutral way to
achieve significant reductions in CO2 emissions while at
the same time helping to build the market for renewable energy in
Denmark. In 2010, electricity supplied to all our facilities in
Denmark was converted to renewable energy certificates.
2017, Ørsted, Novo Nordisk and Novozymes began converting Asnæs
Power Station in Kalundborg from coal to wood chips and other
sustainable types of biomass. This will result in annual carbon
reductions of up to 800,000 tonnes. This corresponds to the annual
carbon emissions from more than 400,000 cars.
has been home to Novo Nordisk’s production for many years. Together
with local farms, municipal utilities and other companies, we are
part of an industrial ecosystem known as the Kalundborg Industrial
Symbiosis. The symbiosis is a closed loop: the waste product of one
company becomes the resource for another. In 2018 Ørsted and Bigadan
inaugurated their first jointly-owned biogas plant converting
approximately 300,000 metric tons of biomass residues from Novo
Nordisk and Novozymes into bio-natural gas and fertilizer. The new
climate-friendly bio-natural gas can be used as a substitute for
fossil natural gas and delivers significant carbon savings. Read more about
the Kalundborg industrial symbiosis
- We joined
RE100 in 2015.
RE100 is a global initiative of businesses committed to using 100%
renewable energy and working to increase demand for – and delivery
of – renewable energy.
- We have a strong partnership with
the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group where we aim to strengthen
the role of cities in the fight against climate change and poor
health. This is part of our flagship programme Cities Changing
Diabetes where we work together with partners to curb the rise in
urban diabetes. Read more about Cities Changing Diabetes
- We recognise that the environmental impact from our supply chain
is very high and currently constitutes of 90% our total
CO2 emissions. Therefore, we collaborate closely with key
suppliers to find innovate solutions that can reduce our
environmental impact and ultimately meet our target to have zero
CO2 emissions from key suppliers in 2030. Watch this
video to see how we collaborate with