Our commitment to SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
At Janssen, we are fully committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. These SDGs are intended to improve the health and welfare of people worldwide in a sustainable way. SDG 6 - Clean water and sanitation - aims to make access and sustainable management of water and sanitation for everyone possible. At Janssen, we contribute to the sustainable management of water in a variety of ways, for example thanks to the efforts of the Energy & Water Team.
There are 1.8 million people worldwide who depend on contaminated water sources for drinking water. In addition, there are 2.4 billion people worldwide who do not have access to good and clean sanitation1. SDG 6 is committed to changing this: by 2030, everyone everywhere should have access to clean drinking water and be able to use good and clean sanitation. The United Nations wants to have water quality improved worldwide by 2030 by limiting contamination and prohibiting the discharge of hazardous substances. The water management of companies should also become more efficient and sustainable in order to reduce the amount of people affected by water shortages.
The Energy & Water Team
We are also committed to SDG 6 at Janssen. The Energy and Water Team is working on sustainable water and energy policies at the sites in Belgium by promoting energy and water saving projects. Colleagues Dieter Verheyen (Principal Engineer) and Hans Verbaeten (Process Engineer Utilities), both members of the team, talk about their work. Dieter and Hans explain: "The Energy & Water team has no less than 45 ambassadors working at various Janssen sites in Belgium. Our ambassadors focus on 6 topics:
Communication and awareness"
The goal of the working groups is to turn ideas for saving energy or water into tangible projects. "The proposals that can lead to the greatest savings are developed first," says Hans. "We do this, using criteria such as CO2 reduction, cost-effectiveness and benefits.”
“We are now using 203 million litres of water less than 5 years ago. That equals 81 Olympic swimming pools.”
Successful energy and water saving
Dieter explains the success of these projects: "The Energy & Water Team has contributed to a drastic reduction in our energy and water consumption over the past 5 years. For example, in Belgium we now use 13,500 MWh of electricity (equivalent to the annual consumption of 3,850 households), 203 million litres of water (equivalent to 81 Olympic swimming pools) and 300,000 m3 of natural gas (equivalent to 3,400 tonnes of CO2 emissions) less."
The Energy & Water team also wants to create awareness and involvement among the employees. Dieter says, "that is why we communicate internally about the various activities we organise as a team, publish a calendar with energy-saving tips, organise a drawing competition and celebrate the achievement of the targets." The effects of this are clearly noticeable says Hans, "Our efforts are creating a self-reinforcing effect: investments in geothermal energy and wind turbines, coupled with a growing awareness - also because sustainability is increasingly higher on the social agenda - is creating more momentum within the organisation."
“We believe it is important that our employees are involved and aware of these issues.”
Other sustainability initiatives
The activities of the Energy & Water team are just one of the many initiatives we are organising in the Benelux to reduce our energy and water consumption. For example, we also reduce waste with the Plant on a Truck project. Curious about our commitment to the other Sustainable Development Goals? Find out here!!