Identifying sustainable ways of working
AstraZeneca’s US sites continue to look for and identify new ways of working that will eliminate or reduce waste sent to landfill or incinerated such as the composting of our food waste, reuse/recycle of containers, reduction of packaging materials, etc. These efforts resulted in a 35 percent increase in our reuse/recycling rates for 2011 as compared to 2010.
Our US sites focus on energy reduction opportunities by identifying more efficient ways of working coupled with the use of improved technologies. At our Wilmington, Del., site, we implemented a 1.7MW solar panel field that equates to roughly 10 percent of the site’s office buildings’ electrical use. Overall, we reduced our energy use by 14 percent from the year before.
Employees at most AstraZeneca US sites have the opportunity to reduce their own carbon footprint by carpooling, taking advantage of flexible working arrangements such as telecommuting, using new/improved technology such as videoconferencing and netmeeting, recycling stations, and composting of food wastes.