Our environmental footprint

The Group is committed to protecting the environment in all areas of our operations, including undertaking initiatives to effectively manage and reduce waste throughout the organisation. We are currently in the process of drafting a post-merger environmental policy applicable to the enlarged Group.

We aim to foster a positive attitude towards the environment among employees and to raise employee awareness of responsible environmental practices at all sites operated by the Group. The Group endeavours to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation and regulatory requirements and, where practical and economically viable, to exceed such requirements. Trevor Phillips, Chief Operations Officer, has responsibility for reporting on relevant environmental matters to the Board. There have been no reportable incidents in 2016 at any of the Group’s sites.

Due to the nature of its activities, Vectura considers that it has a low environmental impact. However, we remain committed to minimising the impact of our activities on the environment and actively seek to make energy savings in a way that is beneficial for the environment and cost effective for the business. Vectura has a Green Action Team which meets regularly and has responsibility to pursue initiatives for environmental sustainability and carbon reduction.

Green Action Team

Our Green Action Team is responsible for raising environmental awareness, driving good environmental behaviours and co‑ordinating environmental initiatives across the organisation. The team publishes articles on environmental matters on our staff intranet and it manages internal guidance for the use of heating and air conditioning.

Our environmental initiatives

Vectura has adopted and maintains a number of specific environmental initiatives.

Energy efficiency
  • 52 solar panels are installed at our Chippenham site which have generated over 47,000kWh of electricity since installation in November 2012.
  • It is our policy that when an existing light unit requires replacement it is replaced with an LED light. The LED lights installed are up to four times more energy efficient than the traditional light units that they replace. The majority of the lighting at our Chippenham site is now LED.
  • Passive infrared light sensors are installed in many general work areas. This ensures that lighting is not left on in work areas that are not currently in use.

Control

The data reported includes the Lyon facility from 1 July 2016, when the ownership of the facility transferred back to the Group, following the expiry of the Aenova France SAS business lease on 30 June 2016. The data excludes one building located in Muttenz, Switzerland, which has been leased to Aenova. Aenova controls production at that building and, therefore, has been deemed responsible for all emissions reporting. Emissions data for our office in London is considered to be negligible for these purposes.

Greenhouse gas emissions

Vectura reports greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013 (“the Regulations”).

For more details on Vectura’s environmental footprint and initiatives, please refer to our most recent Report and Accounts.

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