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We continue to advance initiatives across all our facilities and throughout our supply chain to systematically minimize our impacts on the planet through responsible use of water, avoidance of waste and reduction of waste to landfill. See also our Position on Water and Waste Management.

Over the past three years, we decreased non-hazardous waste disposed to landfills from 15,356 metric tons in 2017 to 7,860 metric tons in 2020.

Examples of progress at our facilities in 2020 include:

Water risk assessment: We completed a comprehensive water risk assessment at 100% of manufacturing and R&D locations in 2019. By the end of 2020, 100% of all high-risk sites identified developed mitigation plans, 61% completed their action plans, and remaining sites have ongoing mitigation plans with budget assigned for completion in 2021.

Water purification in Thailand: At our Johnson & Johnson Thailand facility, our team made a focused effort to reduce purified water consumption by implementing improvements such as downsizing the hosing that cleans production equipment, improving the efficiency of the equipment cleaning process, and optimizing hot water consumption in stainless steel mobile storage tanks. This “fit for purpose” cleaning approach delivered significant water savings and reduced energy consumption for water heating.

Reuse of solvents: At our facility in Geel, Belgium, we have adopted a process to make our solvents reusable through distillation. Our detailed analysis of around 20 regularly used solvents shows that distillation in an open- or closed-loop cycle—whether conducted at our site or via external partners—delivers significant solvent saving and an overall reduction in GHG emissions. In this way, in 2020, we distilled more than 1.5 million liters of solvent, thereby avoiding more than 14,800 metric tons of CO2e emissions.

CDP 2020 Water  Disclosure Stamp
For the second year in a row, Johnson & Johnson was recognized with a CDP A List rating for Water Security.

Plastic waste reduction: At Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health Shanghai, our team found opportunities to make improvements, not only improving the process to reduce waste plastic generation, but also to recycle and/or reuse those plastics as some form of raw material to produce other products. Since then, the site has deployed a robust environmental sustainability strategy and implemented a series of programs that have reduced 52.5 tons of plastic materials and have saved 47 tons of plastic waste from incineration by diverting them to recycling streams instead.

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Our Geel, Belgium, site.

Water Use Summary 

Water Use Summary 

2020 2019 2018
Total water withdrawn (million m3) 11.09 11.71 11.64
Total water consumed (million m3) 4.28 4.57 Not reported
Total water recycled and reused (million m3) 0.75 0.81 0.84
Total water discharge (million m3) 7.56 7.95 7.69
Percentage of water withdrawn in regions of high or extremely high baseline water stress 39% 39% Not reported
Percentage of water consumed in regions of high or extremely high baseline water stress 50% 48% Not reported

Water Withdrawn by Source (million m3) 

Water Withdrawn by Source (million m3) 

2020 2019 2018
Municipal 7.72 8.68 8.21
Groundwater 3.08 2.85 3.26
Greywater 0.15 0.06 0.06
Other 0.06 0.07 0.06
Rainwater 0.06 0.03 0.04
Surface water 0.02 0.02 0.02
Total water use 11.09 11.71 11.64

Water Discharge by Destination (million m3) 

Water Discharge by Destination (million m3) 

2020 2019 2018
Wastewater treatment plant 5.12 5.46 5.21
Surface water 2.00 2.12 2.11
Irrigation 0.19 0.19 0.19
Other 0.07 0.06 0.10
Ocean 0.18 0.12 0.08
Total water discharge 7.56 7.95 7.69

Operational Waste (MT) 

Operational Waste (MT) 

2020 2019 2018
Total waste generated 183,034 195,272 194,442
Hazardous waste 53,944 53,425 52,672
Non-hazardous waste 129,090 141,848 141,770

Non-Hazardous Waste by Disposal Method (MT) 

Non-Hazardous Waste by Disposal Method (MT) 

2020 2019 2018
Recycled 82,184 83,118 79,827
Energy recovery 17,969 20,793 22,356
Landfilled 7,860 12,512 13,878
Reused 13,271 13,282 12,796
Bio/chemical treatment 4,948 9,192 8,704
Incinerated 2,799 2,923 4,167
Other 59 28 42
Total non-hazardous waste 129,090 141,848 141,770

Hazardous Waste by Disposal Method (MT) 

Hazardous Waste by Disposal Method (MT) 

2020 2019 2018
Recycled 22,813 25,897 24,652
Energy recovery 19,836 16,684 16,374
Landfilled 2,533 3,449 3,462
Incinerated 4,824 3,373 2,953
Reused 2,234 1,756 2,758
Bio/chemical treatment 1,599 2,181 2,372
Other 104 86 101
Total hazardous waste 53,944 53,425 52,672

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