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Environmental Health

Waste & Water Management

Global Reporting Initiative
Management Approach
Water 2016
Water withdrawal by source
Water recycled and reused
Effluents and Waste 2016
Water discharge by quality and destination

Nearly half the global population is already living in potential water-scarce areas at least one month per year. This could increase to some 4.8 – 5.7 billion by 205038. Access to clean water and sanitation is essential for human health and wellbeing and, as leaders in healthcare, we are committed to conserving water resources wherever we operate, and to meeting the water demand for our operations without limiting the availability or quality of water resources to others.

Waste is a sign of resource inefficiency in value chains. High levels of waste place unnecessary burden on planetary resources, contribute to climate change through methane generation, and represent risks for biodiversity and human health, especially where poorly managed waste facilitates the spread of disease.

At Johnson & Johnson, we aim to minimize our impacts on the planet through responsible use of water and minimizing waste generation at source, while increasing sustainable management of waste.

Water Management

Our water stewardship strategy is based on the following key priorities:

  • Reducing water demand and increasing water reuse across our operations;
  • Complying with wastewater discharge requirements and our internal wastewater quality standards;
  • Prioritizing water management actions using a risk-based approach at our sites worldwide; and
  • Reporting publicly on our performance and progress.

Johnson & Johnson Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability Standard for water and wastewater management requires our facilities to comply with the local treatment standards or our proprietary Standard, whichever is more stringent.

Our Health for Humanity 2020 water goal commits us to conducting a comprehensive water risk assessment at 100% of manufacturing and R&D locations, and implementing resource protection plans at the high-risk sites. We are on track to achieve this goal. We measure water risk with our proprietary risk assessment model for water stress, which uses frameworks from leading water stress models and our own site data.

2020 Goal Progress
On Track
69% of all high-risk sites identified in water risk assessment process developed mitigation plans and have budget allocated to start implementation in 2019.

Johnson & Johnson has been a participant in the CDP Water Program since its inception in 2010, and in 2018 received CDP Water Security A- rating for our water management efforts.

Waste Management

As a global manufacturer, we have an important role to play in reducing our operational waste and promoting the circular economy approach. We look for opportunities across the entire value chain to use raw materials more efficiently; use less hazardous materials; reduce the amount of waste generated and recycle/reuse waste generated. The waste streams generated directly by our operations include hazardous and non-hazardous waste from research laboratories, manufacturing processes and offices.

We maintain several initiatives at our plants to systematically avoid waste or reduce waste to landfill. For example, our Waste-to-Value program at Consumer products manufacturing sites sees groups collaborating to reduce waste in the manufacturing process and partnering with external organizations for alternative disposal options. In Belgium, our innovative mobile wastewater treatment unit treats liquid waste streams from chemical production and recovers zinc metals for reuse. In the Netherlands, we separate food waste and use it to create biogas energy. These initiatives and more reflect our strong commitment to waste reduction to safeguard health for humanity. Every Johnson & Johnson site must comply with local requirements and develop its own waste management strategy based on the following hierarchy of waste management practices:

  1. Source reduction
  2. Recycle/reuse
  3. Chemical/biological treatment
  4. Incineration/energy recovery
  5. Land disposal

Our Performance

Total Operational Waste (MT)

  2018  2017  2016 
Hazardous waste 52,672 48,743 52,392
Non-hazardous waste 143,635 137,732 125,526
Total waste generated 196,307 186,475 177,918

Hazardous Waste by Disposal Method (MT)

  2018  2017  2016 
Recycled 24,652 22,450 21,506
Energy recovery 16,374 14,395 14,728
Landfilled 3,462 4,325 5,347
Incinerated 2,953 3,584 7,439
Reused 2,758 988 490
Bio/chemical treatment 2,372 2,901 2,664
Other 101 100 217
Total hazardous waste 52,672 48,743 52,392

Non-Hazardous Waste by Disposal Method (MT)

  2018  2017  2016 
Recycled 79,827 75,281 67,412
Energy recovery 22,356 20,116 19,759
Landfilled 13,068 15,356 14,252
Reused 12,796 10,125 4,438
Bio/chemical treatment 10,228 11,079 8,376
Incinerated 5,318 3,893 4,731
Other 42 1,883 6,558
Total non-hazardous waste 143,635 137,732 125,526

Water Use Summary (million m3)*

  2018  2017  2016 
Total water use 11.64 11.50 10.80
Total water recycled and reused 0.84 0.91 0.88
Total water discharge 7.69 7.81 8.08

Water Use by Source (million m3)*

  2018  2017  2016 
Municipal 8.21 8.05 8.31
Groundwater 3.26 3.28 2.30
Greywater 0.06 0.05 0.06
Other 0.06 0.04 0.05
Rainwater 0.04 0.04 0.06
Surface water 0.02 0.02 0.01
Total water use 11.64 11.50 10.80

Water Discharge by Destination (million m3)*

  2018  2017  2016 
Wastewater treatment plant 5.21 5.36 5.29
Surface water 2.11 2.07 2.33
Irrigation 0.19 0.22 0.16
Other 0.10 0.10 0.22
Ocean 0.08 0.07 0.09
Total water discharge 7.69 7.81 8.08
* Where relevant, prior year data have been restated, reflecting improvements in data quality over time.

38 According to a report by Burek et al. quoted in the United Nations Water Fact Sheet.

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