GRI 300 Environmental

GRI 306: Effluents and waste

UNGC Principles
8Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
SDG Goal
Clean Water and Sanitation
Responsible Consumption and Production
Partners for Goals
GRI 103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

We look to pursue a culture of waste elimination by adequately managing all Givaudan’s waste streams. Appropriate waste management helps to limit our negative impact on the environment and reducing waste production cuts costs. The topic of effluents and waste is related to our material topics Waste management and Water stewardship.

We work to reduce waste through recycling and reuse or ensure that it is recovered and/or disposed of in an environmentally sustainable way. In terms of effluents, water is essential in our manufacturing activities as well as in our value chain and we look to limit the environmental impact of the way we discharge it. This involves ensuring the quality of discharged water, assessing and addressing water risks at owned operations and in our supply chain.

GRI 103-2, 103-3

Management approach

We work hard to limit the amount of waste we produce through a four-pronged process based on the key concepts of ‘reduce,’ ‘reuse,’ ‘recycle’ and ‘recover.’ We are reducing the amount we create as a by- product of our processes; then we reuse where possible and recycle in an effort to move away from disposal in landfill or by incineration. Where waste is incinerated, we recapture the energy. Our target is to reduce incinerated and landfilled waste production per tonne of product by an average of 4% year on year against the 2015 baseline figure.

Another important element of our approach is our new commitment to replacing all single-use plastics across sites and operations with eco-friendly alternatives before 2030.

One of the ways we are getting closer to our waste management targets is by putting more emphasis on notions engrained in the idea of the circular economy, a generic term for an industrial economy that produces little or no waste. It is estimated in general that 90% of the raw materials used in manufacturing become waste before the product leaves the factory, and that 80% of products made are thrown away within the first six months. In the circular economy model, various measures can be taken such as, for instance, managing biological materials so that they can be returned to the biosphere without contamination.

We are also working to ensure that the waste water from our operations is discharged responsibly. On-site biological treatment of waste water and subsequent reuse in the Netherlands is one example. Overall, we are working towards a continued reduction of water use through projects including reduced water withdrawal, water recycling and investigation into alternative sources such as rainwater. Our employees are also making significant contributions through their innovative ideas.

Waste water Progress 2019

We are working to ensure that the waste water from our operations is disposed of responsibly and monitor its quality through Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) analysis. The total quantity of COD discharged was measured to be 648 tonnes in 2019, a 29% decrease since last year.

Waste Progress 2019

During the course of 2019, the amount of waste sent for incineration and landfill per tonne of product decreased by 10% compared to the 2015 figure. In total, we recycled 73% of all our waste in 2019, or 81% when the energy recovered from incineration is taken into account. Recycled waste has increased by 17% since 2015. The reduction of landfill is also a priority and 15 of our sites (36%) are without landfill waste.

While we are showing progress against baseline, there is still a gap that must be closed to reach our 2020 target. We have developed a plan and mitigation measures that we are implementing.

 

2019 Integrated Annual Report, Acting for our environment, pages 58-61

Our Sustainability Approach, pages 23–25, 53

GRI 306-1

Water discharge by quality and destination

Water discharge (m³)

2018
(restate)

Q4 2018 to
Q3 20191 

2019

To the environment without 

 

 

 

biological treatment

4,666,399

4,750,686

4,640,033

To the environment after 

 

 

 

biological treatment

2,089,294

1,992,165

2,003,464

To external treatment 

 

 

 

facility without pre-treatment

532,562

531,318

521,064

To external treatment 

 

 

 

facility after pre-treatment

1,575,193

1,550,311

1,549,129

Total discharged water

8,863,447

8,824,480

8,713,691

       

1.  For all environmental figures this will become the regular reporting period for the reporting year 2019 in the upcoming reporting cycles. 

GRI 306-2

Waste by type and disposal method

Hazardous waste (tonnes)

2015
(restate)

2018
(restate)

Q4 2018 to
Q3 20191 

2019

Incinerated

8,557

9,650

9,689

9,808

Incinerated with energy recovery²

4,132

3,632

4,521

4,742

Landfilled

318

129

116

122

Recycled

17,357

21,139

22,045

22,272

Total hazardous waste

26,232

30,917

31,849

32,203

 

 

 

 

 

Non-hazardous waste (tonnes)

2015
(restate)

2018
(restate)

Q4 2018 to
Q3 20191 

2019

Incinerated

2,230

2,845

2,535

2,462

Incinerated with energy recovery²

1,076

546

1,213

1,442

Landfilled

6,412

6,984

7,134

7,131

Recycled

27,826

31,959

30,539

30,634

Total non-­hazardous waste

36,468

41,788

40,208

40,226

1. For all environmental figures this will become the regular reporting period for the reporting year 2019 in the upcoming reporting cycles. 

2. Among the quantity of HW and non-HW incinerated, this is the quantity incinerated with energy recovery (in tonnes).

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