Today’s environmental challenges have never been more critical or more urgent. Growing consumption, industrialisation and urbanisation threaten not only the sustainability of the environments we live in but also the health of people around the world.
Every year at Novo Nordisk we use billions of litres of water and large amounts of energy and resources to manufacture medicines. We distribute hundreds of millions of vials and injection pens to people who need them – and demand for our life-saving treatments is growing. That puts us on the frontline of some of the biggest environmental issues: climate change, water and resource scarcity, pollution and plastic waste.
We are transitioning from a linear economy of “take-make-dispose” to a circular economy based on three principles: Design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems.
We are driving change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic diseases, and to do that we must play our part in creating a sustainable, healthy environment for the long-term.
Our new environmental strategy, Circular for Zero, sets a new direction for our organisation. Our ambition is bold and simple: to have zero environmental impact. To get there we are embracing a circular mindset – designing and producing our products so that they can be recovered and reused, and reshaping our business practices to minimise consumption and eliminate waste by turning it into new resources. We know that many people are working to make the circular economy a reality, and we want to be part of that change.
This will be a long, challenging journey and it won’t be easy, but it is one we are committed to pursuing for the long term.
By 2030 we’re aiming to hit zero carbon emissions in our own operations and with key suppliers, eliminate waste of energy, water and materials in the company and make big strides towards reuse and recyclability through product innovation. We will meet the ambitions of our Circular for Zero strategy by having a focus on three areas – our supply chain, our global operations and our products.
Alongside our local partners we’re repurposing biomass residue – having already converted roughly 300,000 metric tons into bio-natural gas and fertiliser.
The Kalundborg Symbiosis is a partnership between nine public and private companies and is the world's first industrial symbiosis with a circular approach to production.