Our environmental management strategy is based on resource protection and management of waste and emissions we generate.
For its global nature, climate change is a problem that concerns all economic and social sectors regardless of the country of or igin.
The effects on the climate and the availability of resources derived from this threat represent a risk to our business. For this reason, it is crucial for us to understand how and in what proportion we contribute to this problem through the quantification of our emissions of greenhouse gases. With this estimate, we can set goals and mitigation measures that lessen our impact.
This year for the fifth consecutive time, we are undertaking our inventory of greenhouse gas emissions (GEI, for its acronym in Spanish) for our operations in Mexico The purpose of this inventory is to disseminate information to our stakeholders about our climate change impact and take it as a basis for the design of our sustainability strategy. The additional advantage of this tool is that it presents relevant data on the main sources of generation, total emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) and facilities with greater impact.
The methodology we used for the quantification of emissions was the “GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard”, developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). This contains standardized methods to produce a representative and actual inventory of the carbon footprint of the companies. In addition, our methodology was based on the Agreement of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) that establishes the technical particularities and formulas for the application of methodologies for calculating GHG emissions, issued in September 2015 in the Official Journal of the Federation.
The result of the carbon footprint of Genomma Lab Internacional in 2015 was 1,915.75 tons of CO2e, comprising scope 1 and scope 2 emissions. Of the total emissions of Genomma Lab Internacional, Corporate Offices emissions amounted to 33%. The Distribution Center, on the other hand, represented only 66% of the total emissions from the organization.
With respect to the year 2014, our emissions presented a reduction of 66% of the total emissions of the organization. The reason for this reduction lies in the new regulation in this area which indicates that emissions of refrigerants do not fall in the company itself, but in its suppliers. On the other hand, the CEDIS emissions decreased for the same period. This decrease is linked to the replacement of lights, which took place in this Center, which resulted in a savings of 68% in electricity consumption; coupled with a reduction of 38% in fuel consumption.
For Genomma Lab Internacional, it is very important to work hand in hand with those suppliers who are committed to achieving a sustainable development. We know that this is the best way to generate value throughout our chain, so that the actions in favor of sustainability have a greater impact on our stakeholders and, above all, to grow together to share experience and knowledge in this type of initiative.
The quantification project of GHG emissions of the service provided by Panalpina aims to provide customer information on emissions of CO2 generated by the transport of their products or goods. This is done through a software tool tailor-developed for the company, which is based on international standards for this effect, as for the calculation takes into account the type of aircraft, the distance traveled, conversion factors and load capacity among other factors.
Panalpina provides its reporting of GHG emissions to customers who request it. Panalpina has mitigated its environmental impact by the GHG emission through various actions, which are: contracting the service of last generation aircrafts (Boeing 747-8F), generating 12% fewer emissions of CO2 and with a load-capacity 16% higher compared to a similar conventional aircraft.
Panalpina is the first logistics company worldwide which attained the certification of its integrated management system based on ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards.
Environmental impact in the manufacture of the brands Asepxia, Cicatricure, Vanart and Ma Evans
Since the problems related to sustainability require comprehensive solutions, these should cover various aspects within the spheres of society, economy and environment. In the case of the brands Asepxia, Cicatricure, Vanart and Ma Evans, the supplier addresses the issues of water use and energy efficiency. As to the first, at the production plant they have a rain water collection system through a storm tank of 4,000 m3 capacity, which distributes the liquid to the irrigation area, bathrooms and laundries, and allocates it to the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The water from the rainwater harvesting that was not used, integrates at the same treatment process and is subsequently allocated to the Cutzamala system.
In the aspect of energy efficiency, they changed from fluorescent lamps to LED, in addition to implementing the policy of keeping the lights turned off throughout the day.
In Genomma Lab Internacional we have internal programs to improve the internal management of waste through the implementation of the principles of reduce, recycle and reuse. In our offices, we seek to reduce paper consumption by using it only when it is essential that the internal or external communications are transmitted by this means. Also, in our Distribution Center we have increased the efficiency of our processes, which allows us to reduce costs while generating less waste.
Part of the waste is generated from finished products that have not met the specifications for customer sales and must be sent for destruction alongside materials returned from our customers for various reasons. These materials are evaluated to determine if they are sent to a destruction site, or to the CEDIS for grinding, and are then sold to third parties for their recycling. In the CEDIS, the amount of waste generated in 2015 was 210,910 tons and 1,188.00 m3 of garbage. 130,440 kg of plastic and cardboard waste were recycled.
Environmental impact of our manufacturer of packaging for the brands Ma Evans, Jockey Club, Tío Nacho and Silka Medic and Asepxia
We encourage our suppliers to be in line with our culture of continuous improvement. In the environmental aspect, we assign greater weight to those manufacturers who implement eco-efficiency and waste management practices. Given the above, we proudly communicate that the brands Ma Evans, Jockey Club, Tío Nacho, Silka Medic and Asepxia are packed with recycled cardboard and, in the case of polyethylene products or PET, with recycled stretch film or shrink wrap. In addition to the above, there is a program where products which, for seasonal reasons, could not be distributed to points of sales, are donated to orphanages. In relation to eco-efficiency practices, the maquila facility where these products are manufactured has a reactor cleanup program in order to improve efficiency. The wood waste obtained from such cleaning is given away to their employees for use at home.
Environmental impact of the manufacturer of caps for the brand Suerox Kids
Innovation is one of the global competencies of Genomma Lab Internacional, so we encourage our suppliers to integrate it as part of its organizational culture.
To this day, several vendors have joined this initiative through innovative projects, at the same time, obtaining results that benefit the sustainability of the product. It is the example of the brand Suerox Kids, whose caps went through a process of transformation in which a 30% weight reduction was achieved, by replacing the internationally manufactured cap with a local one.
Additionally, the manufacturing of that product began with hydraulic machines in which the use of energy can be programmed, by means of a variable speed drive, depending on the work to be done, dramatically reducing the power consumption.
Environmental impact of our manufacturer of packaging for the brands, Unesia Asepxia and Sistema GB
The use of packaging made from virgin wood is related to the deforestation of the planet, which in turn contributes to the climate change and the degradation of ecosystem services. Under the above, Genomma Lab Internacional evaluates the practices of suppliers involved in the production of packaging taking into account the principles of responsible forest management. In the case of the brands Asepxia, Unesia and Sistema GB, the packaging cardboard comes from a reliable and sustainable source that is certified Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody.
Such certification is granted in order to prove that the wood was obtained through responsible forest management. The percentage of recycled cardboard in relation to the total amount used for the boxes of the brands mentioned above is 76% for 2015.
For us, it is essential to maintain partnerships with our suppliers and encourage these to exceed our sustainability standards.
In Genomma Lab Internacional we are aware that water is a valuable resource for humanity, without which we cannot survive. Similarly, our operations depend heavily on this vital liquid to maintain quality standards in our products and meet the sanitation needs of our workplaces, but also many of our products use this liquid as its main component, including, for example, the case of our colognes.
An important part of sustainable water use is the treatment of wastewater. At national level, throughout the year 2015 in the Distribution Center of Genomma Lab we generated a total of 6,811 m3 of wastewater, of which 100% was treated by means of a sewage treatment plant. At international level, in Ecuador we invested a total of USD $ 3.000 to analyze the content of the wastewater and improve the system of local treatment.
Environmental impact of the manufacturer of the brands of eau de cologne
Sometimes, the problems addressed in sustainability are seen as complex and expensive. However, in Genomma Lab Internacional we are convinced that this thought belongs to the past, since today it is possible to implement sustainable practices while at the same time generate economic value. An exemplary case of the above are our colognes and perfumes, whose water is obtained from the rain purified through a novel and reliable treatment system.
Our supplier has a rain catchment capacity of 3,500 m3, additional to 14 storm tanks of 10 m3 each. It also has equipment for recovery of rainwater in the production buildings, from which rainwater is led to the cisterns. For its treatment, it applies a chlorination process and, at the moment the use of water is required, this is transported through a process of activated carbon and demineralization in conditions of four to ten microsiemens conductivity. In case of water shortage, they have geomembranes installed on the grounds of the factory, where appropriate, our supplier has access to the municipal water system.
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