CO2 reduction of 15 % in 3 years

Since 2009 Nomeco has made an extraordinary effort to cut down on the carbon footprint and the result is beyond all expectations. In three years we have reduced the CO2 emission by 15.4 % from electricity, heat and transportation of goods from Nomeco to the pharmacies and internally between the Nomeco branches.

Last year Nomeco bought electricity produced through hydroelectric power from Norway which is CO2 neutral. If you take this into account when measuring the carbon footprint for 2011 you will find a CO2 reduction of 70%.

It is first and foremost an effort to cut down on the use of electricity that has led to the reduction of Nomeco’s carbon footprint. Last year a new refrigeration system on Nomeco’s stock in Copenhagen has helped reducing the emission together with energy efficient automatically switch on and off light, new ceiling fixtures, power strips and other measures.

In a period of three years we have reduced our consumption of diesel by 75,000 litres. The consumption fell drastically in 2009 when Nomeco went from several to one single daily delivery to the pharmacies. Since then the consumption has been kept at an almost steady level.

Initially, our goal was to reduce the carbon footprint in 2009, 2010 and 2011 by 10 %. But this goal was quickly reached. Hereafter, we increased our expectations to 15 % and we have reached that goal as well. You could be tempted to raise the goal further to an even higher level but we estimate this would be too optimistic as most CO2 reduction activities have been carried out already. Besides, Nomeco expects increased demands for temperature regulations regarding transport and storage of pharmaceuticals and it will increase the carbon footprint.

Therefore, our goal for the next couple of years will be to maintain the current emission and focus on other areas such as paper reduction.

The CO2 reduction

2008 was the starting point of measuring the emission, and Nomeco had a CO2 emission of 4,116 ton at that time. It has been reduced to 3,480 ton in 2011 - actually only 1,230 ton if you include the fact that Nomeco bought quotas of electricity produced through hydroelectric power from Norway.

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