Novolex operates facilities across North America and the European Union, employing 10,000 people. Our goal is to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment while ensuring quality products and safe manufacturing processes.
We recognize that Novolex can contribute to the global effort to reduce climate change impacts, including increasing global temperatures, severe weather events and sea level rise. Our environmental and sustainability programs are integral to helping lower Novolex emissions. To measure our progress in this area, in 2020 we established an intensity-based GHG reduction target of 20% per ton of production by 2025. This target covers our global operations and also aligns with many of our customers’ targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their supply chains. As part of our roadmap for achieving the target, we purchase renewable energy and invest in energy efficiency in our facilities.
The Novolex Environmental Management System sets out our standards for environmental performance across our company. Working with a team of local environment, health and safety (EHS) managers, we work on a facility-by-facility basis to identify operational impacts of our sites, whether on air, water or waste, and develop plans to reduce potentially negative impacts. We train our EHS professionals at the site level to monitor and manage these impacts, including offering professional training courses on environmental management.
Novolex is committed to reducing waste at all of our facilities to promote operating efficiencies and reduce our impact on the environment. Fiber scrap from operations is baled and sent to recyclers for handling. Post-industrial plastic waste in many Novolex facilities is captured and processed on site and returned to the production line. At other locations resin scrap is sent off-site to be reprocessed into reusable material.
As a manufacturer of resin-based packaging and foodservice products, we understand our responsibility to keep plastic used in our facilities out of the environment. To achieve this goal, Novolex participates in Operation Clean Sweep, a worldwide initiative co-sponsored by the Plastics Industry Association and the American Chemistry Council to prevent the escape of plastic pellets, flake and powder into the environment.
Aligned with our overall commitment to reduce waste from operations, our Waddington Europe division achieved Zero Waste To Landfill certification from Valpak for its three manufacturing sites in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Employees worked with experts and market leaders to review processes and waste streams to ensure anything that could be recycled was being recycled. Items included recycling waste from offices, break rooms and cafeterias, as well as recycling all the plastic waste produced by production lines and putting it back into the manufacturing process.
All Novolex facilities comply with federal, state and local environmental regulations. We conduct internal and third-party site audits to review compliance with regulations, evaluate programs and review processes. We incorporate audit findings into our policies, regularly updating them to reflect best practices to reduce the environmental impacts of our facilities. Additionally, waste diversion and recycling remain a hallmark to our approach to improve production efficiency and reduce manufacturing waste.