Climate Action

Delivering on our Climate Commitment

Saving energy and reducing CO₂ emissions are long-standing strategic priorities for Lundbeck. Over the past decade, we have made significant achievements in lowering our energy consumption and carbon footprint. We are committed to exceeding these achievements through the targeted goals approved by the Science Based Target initiative. 

Our achievements

We were one of the first Danish companies to have its CO2 reduction target approved by the Science Based Target initiative, a collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), UN Global Compact (UNGC), World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

 

This is the 7th consecutive year of achieving a Climate Disclosure Project (CDP) Leadership where Lundbeck scored “A” score and is placed amongst the 1.5% best-scored companies globally. The CDP rates the disclosure and management or organizations towards climate change risk. Thus, for more than a decade, we have consistently reported annual reduction in both energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

 

Up to date, we have reduced energy consumption by 25% and have already cut more than 70% of our emissions from our sites.

Video: Our Climate Commitment

Sustainability Report

Read about our sustainability actions in our most recent Sustainability Report.

Despite our achievements, we still have a long way to go and the next decade is critical. In 2019, we joined the global movement “Business for 1.5°C” of leading companies aligning their business actions with the most ambitious aim of the Paris Agreement.

Our climate commitment

We have achieved excellent results within our direct emissions (Scope 1) and purchase of electricity and heat (Scope 2). However, around 80% of our total CO₂ emissions are derived from our value chain (Scope 3). This includes where the goods and services we need are produced, the distribution of our products to patients, when our employees travel, and how our waste is treated.

 

Our current CO₂ target is to: 

 

  • Have net zero emissions no later than 2050 
  • Further reduce carbon emissions from production and fleet drastically by almost two-thirds over the next 15 years
  • Work with our suppliers and customers to reduce our carbon footprint outside our premises by nearly a fifth over the next 15 years  

Historically, we have demonstrated our commitment to cut carbon emissions. A main part of the reduction comes from optimization of existing buildings, plants and installations, as well as investments in new low-energy machines and plants. Lundbeck has also made a shift from conventional fuel to bio-fuel. The carbon footprint we leave outside our fence is approximately nine times as high as inside the fence. With our new climate target, we take responsibility for by addressing carbon emissions across our entire value chain – from operations and products to raw material production, clinical trials, distribution and end-of-life. 

 

In parallel, we are accelerating the transition to renewable energy in our manufacturing and headquarter facilities. The main elements are changing our energy sources to renewable electricity or other renewable fuels, primarily using Power Purchasing Agreements (PPA). A new solar park built following an agreement between Lundbeck and the energy provider Better Energy which will of January 2022, more than cover Lundbeck’s electricity consumption in Denmark.

Source: 2019 baseline carbon footprint calculation by Lundbeck with assistance from Carbon Trust.

Site power & heat and Fleet roughly corresponds to our Scope 1 & 2, illustrated with the gray orbs.

Knowing where to prioritize is critical and we are using our influence across the value chain to drive action. We are acting quickly to obtain the Science Based Target initiative approval of our reductions across all three scopes. Read more about the Science Based Target Initiative.


We are making it a priority to expand our scope of action to reduce CO₂ emissions within our value chain. In parallel, we are accelerating the transition to renewable energy in our manufacturing and headquarter facilities. These flagship actions are supplemented by the continuous enhancements of our facilities and business processes our skilled engineers, technicians and planners conduct.

GREENING TRAVEL

In December 2021, Lundbeck’s Executive Management approved a Global travel policy, covering an area that had previously been managed locally. The new policy sets out the key principles for business travel in Lundbeck’s global organization considering our climate commitment. The policy will be implemented by promoting climate awareness among employees, setting targets for all Executive Vice Presidents, monitoring emissions and putting effective controls in place.

Investor transparency

The financial sector and investors increasingly ask companies to disclose their climate-related risks and opportunities. Lundbeck supports the TCFD recommendations and believes they provide a useful framework to increase transparency on climate-related risks and opportunities within financial markets. As part of our support for the TCFD recommendations, Lundbeck comprehensively reports on governance, strategy, business opportunities, and risks related to climate change through the Climate Disclosure Project (CDP).

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