Resource efficiency is a key long-term success factor for Vifor Pharma

The manufacture of our products requires resources such as water and energy. Today we see environmental laws and regulations putting an increased emphasis on resource conservation, and non-renewable resources becoming scarce and associated with high costs. As a result, resource efficiency is important from an environmental as well as economic perspective, becoming a key long-term success factor for Vifor Pharma.

How do we use resources efficiently?

We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of its business activities and therefore the efficient use of resources, e.g. by implementing targeted efficiency measures. The Vifor Pharma Group’s total energy consumption at its main sites in 2019 was 224,239 GJ, with the energy intensity ratio (total energy consumption per thousand CHF net sales) decreasing from last year’s 0.14 to 0.12¹.

All Vifor Pharma production sites in Switzerland and Portugal obtain 100% of their electricity from hydropower. Worldwide, the Vifor Pharma Group covers 34% of its energy needs with electricity and heating from renewable sources, i.e. hydroelectric power and district heating. The remaining energy consumed stems from non-renewable sources, i.e. heating oil, natural gas, diesel and petrol.

What measures are in place?

To increase energy efficiency further, our production sites and subsidiaries introduced various measures. Highlights included:

  • Optimizing the compressed air production settings at the sites in Geneva and Basel in Switzerland.
  • Expanding solar panels on the production buildings in Lisbon; independently generated electricity (1% of total energy consumption) is incorporated into the overall power grid.
  • Launching a feasibility study installing solar panels on the rooftops of the production buildings in St. Gallen, Fribourg
    and Geneva.
  • An energy audit due to increased energy consumption related to a new production plant in Lisbon.

An updated spray dryer and a new cleaning method for the heat exchanger at the site in St. Gallen, which led to higher energy efficiency.

Learn how we reduce the environmental impact of our business activities in our latest Responsibility Report.