In many areas of the world, the scarcity of clean water presents significant challenges to public health and the environment. An important part of our responsibility as a global health care company is to help ensure our water usage does not negatively affect the communities where we operate by diminishing the supplies of clean water or degrading the quality of that water.
Pfizer requires its facilities worldwide to quantify water use, report performance against reduction targets, and support community efforts during drought conditions. We follow the framework under the UN Global Compact Water Mandate using the six core elements as guideposts for our Water Sustainability Program.
Pfizer has broadened its data collection for water metrics to align more closely with those of the Global Reporting Initiative, assessed water-related risks based on site locations, and increased focus on water preservation projects at those sites located in water challenged areas.
In particular, we aim to:
- Build our global Water Sustainability Program following the UN Global Water Mandate;
- Reduce water use annually by 2 percent;
- Understand water-related risk and opportunities in our operations;
- Increase focus on conservation measures and community outreach efforts at locations in water challenged areas; and
- Implement additional operational controls to further efficiencies in water recycling and reuse.
Notable actions we're undertaking to meet our water use goals include:
- Re-circulating water for scrubbers that reduce air pollution;
- Reducing water use in activated carbon systems for utilities support;
- Reusing treated wastewater in cooling towers;
- Treating wastewater for landscape irrigation;
- Collecting rain water to re-load well water supply;
- Decreasing loading to the deionization water process; and
- Systematically identifying and repairing leaks in fresh water distribution lines.