Novus International
Valuing Our Role
Part: 01
Valuing Partnerships
Part: 02
Valuing People, Passion & Purpose
Part: 03
Valuing Governance & Transparency
Part: 04

How Does Novus Advance Environmental Stewardship?

The greatest benefit we can have in terms of protecting our environment is providing our global customers with solutions that enable more efficient operations, with fewer resources, reduced waste levels and the highest possible efficiencies. However, we also take responsibility for the way we operate very seriously and accept accountability for our own impacts. We adopt a precautionary approach, including sustainable thinking in all that we do, and encourage our employees to adopt green practices wherever possible. We respect and observe all environmental laws and regulations in all the countries in which we operate. In addition, we optimize resource consumption, while minimizing the associated environmental impacts resulting from our use of energy, water and materials in production and logistics operations around the world. We take part in important environmental initiatives, such as the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) program in the U.S., and other programs around the world.

Sustainable Construction

David Dowell Insights from David Dowell Director, Internal Audit, EHS&S, QA and CSO

“Our global headquarters campus located in the Missouri Research Park is a holder of the Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Our campus is one of the first pilot projects to be certified for its sustainable site design, construction and maintenance, and in 2012 was awarded a three star rating by SITES, making it the highest rated landscape project in the world. This is not only a commitment to protecting the environment, but also an inspiration for our employees and many other companies who are interested in this approach. SITES is an interdisciplinary effort to create voluntary national guidelines and a ratings system for sustainable design, construction and maintenance practices for landscapes of all types, with or without buildings.

In May of 2012, we hosted a roundtable discussion called ‘LEED and SITES: Excellence through Design’ which was attended by over 50 industry and community representatives. Our aim was to discuss the role that corporations can play in the broader recognition and adoption of green building and sustainability standards and initiatives in

Improving quality of life—socially, economically and environmentally. We talked about various aspects of sustainable design, construction, and maintenance and toured the Novus global headquarters facility and grounds. In addition, we hosted a joint meeting of the St. Louis Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers. The program constituted a continuing education opportunity for members of these groups and around our LEED and SITES activities, truly contributing to community outreach and the broader education of sustainability practices.

Our headquarters also achieved a ‘Wildlife at Work’ certification through the Wildlife Habitat Council, as recognition for both its landscape improvements and innovative biomonitoring activities, as well as a Star Circle of Excellence rating through the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association’s Green Business Challenge.”

New Environmental Office for Novus in Brussels

Novus’s Europe offices in Brussels moved locations in 2012 and took the opportunity to enhance the team’s environmental footprint. A new concept was implemented called Nearly New Office Facilities (NNOF). NNOF is a visionary concept, developed by companies active in the office furnishing sector, to pursue sustainable and environmentally sound business practices. As result of recycling our office furniture, Novus Europe was able to avoid carbon emissions of 280.5 kg (equal to 4,862 km driven by an average car). Novus Europe received an eco-certificate which is displayed for visitors and colleagues at the reception desk of the new office. The NNOF concept has created a pleasant, comfortable and stimulating working environment.

Key Sustainability Features of Novus Headquarters Platinum LEED Certified Building

  • Energy systems - combined building HVAC systems.
  • Retrofit AC from rooftop to cold water chillers.
  • High heat efficiency; doubled space with no added heaters.
  • Motion sensors for lighting and heating.
  • Solar tubes in labs, library and skylights.
  • Water use - low-flow bathroom fixtures.
  • Sustainable materials for construction such as bamboo flooring and composite counters.
  • External landscaping for protecting biodiversity.

Consumption of Resources

Energy: In 2012, we achieved an absolute reduction in energy consumption of 5.7 percent across all our manufacturing facilities. Per ton of production, this is a reduction of 4.3 percent, showing efficiency gains in our factory operations.

For the first time in 2012, we started to measure energy consumption at our key non-production facilities, such as our Novus headquarters campus in St. Charles and our Green Acres Research Farm in Montgomery County, MO. These facilities increase our overall energy consumption by almost two percent and this forms our new baseline going forward. Therefore in 2012, we recorded a total energy consumption of 884,758 GJ, of which the largest proportion is purchased steam energy (68%) which is used in our manufacturing facility in Chocolate Bayou, TX. This facility produces over 70 percent of our total global output, producing ALIMET feed supplement, an 88 percent active source of methionine and our leading product globally.

Also, for the first time in 2012, we recorded a full year of solar generated energy at our Green Acres Research Farm. At Green Acres, we installed a solar energy system with a 168 solar panel array that has the annual capacity to generate over 60,000 kilowatt hours of energy. This is equivalent to powering around six average American households for one year and it supplied over 17 percent of our annual electricity consumption at Green Acres. This serves both to reduce costs and improve our environmental footprint.

Carbon Emissions: In 2012, our carbon emission levels increased by 29 percent to a total of 73,725 tons of carbon. Most of this increase (25%) can be explained by changes in the way we calculate emission levels and the addition of new sites into our measurement that were not previously included. In prior years, American Chemistry Council factors were used. In 2012, we updated our emissions calculation methodology to align with the widely used Greenhouse Gas Protocol conversion factors for our global operations and this, together with the effect of additional sites, now provides a more accurate baseline going forward. After accounting for these changes in 2012, we recorded an actual change in our operations which results in an underlying four percent increase in carbon emissions from our production facilities. This is primarily explained by a change in the mix of our energy sources at different plants and reallocation of production volumes among our facilities in different locations, some of which have higher emission conversion factors. For example, in 2012, we recorded a 34 percent increase in our production levels in China, at the expense of production in the U.S. Electricity consumption in China generates up to 30 percent more carbon emissions than consumption in the U.S. However, this is offset by savings in our logistics operations, with over 1,000 tons per year of product shipments from the U.S. and Europe to China, avoiding significant levels of fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

We continue to review our operations for opportunities to reduce our carbon emissions, for example, by converting to use of natural gas where possible. Our carbon emissions levels are offset in 2012 by 44 tons, which is the equivalent of planting over 1,100 trees, a benefit of our solar facility at our Green Acres Research Farm. We track our electricity production and emission offset levels at Green Acres with the Enphase System from Enphase Energy.

Water: For the first time in 2012, we have recorded water consumption in all of our manufacturing and key office facilities around the world, demonstrating a total water consumption level of 314,650 cubic meters. This is primarily water used in our manufacturing processes, with small amounts for cleaning and hygiene. Starting to measure our water usage will help us identify opportunities to reduce water consumption in the future.

Waste: In 2012, we recorded a total of 401,463 tons of liquid and solid waste, an overall increase of 0.8 percent versus 2011. Comparing production sites only with 2011 results, our waste levels slightly decreased by 0.3 percent. However, in 2012, we captured more than 1,000 tons of eggshell waste from our ESM Technologies factory in Carthage, MO. Without this, our facility waste levels would have been 0.6 percent less than 2011 levels, demonstrating consistent underlying control of waste in our lean supply chain. Eggshell waste is reused for use in the fertilizer industry. In fact, 72 percent of our solid waste is recycled. Excluding eggshell waste, we generate solid waste of below six kg per ton of production in our other operations.

Paper: We have converted as many of our systems to paperless as possible and now pay most of our suppliers electronically. We maintain a policy of minimal printing in all our offices and facilities and use SFI-certified paper as our first choice in marketing materials.

Biodiversity

We place a conscious role in supporting and maintaining biodiversity in the areas of our facilities wherever possible. We have initiated bee-keeping at our headquarters and provide nesting facilities and habitats for the Bobwhite Quail at our Green Acres Research Farm. The Bobwhite Quail population has significantly decreased because of habitat loss associated with industrialization of farming and forestry, loss of native plants and air pollution in the U.S.

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