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Emissions, effluents and waste

Taking into account the nature of its pharmaceutical industrial activity (especially inhibiting technologies), Virbac does not generate any visual, noise or odor pollution. Virbac is investing increasingly in environmental friendliness: taking into account EHS impacts in the management of industrial projects and strengthening of the Risk Management department. Furthermore, the Group's environmental principles are adapted in the subsidiaries, depending on the various local regulations. In many sites, such as St. Louis and Boston in the United States, Penrith in Australia and Carros in France, the majority of waste water from manufacturing is recovered and treated as hazardous industrial waste in accordance with the local regulations of the countries involved.   

Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

As part of transporting finished products while assuring end-user satisfaction, Virbac has implemented a grouping system for several national and international destinations in France and the United States, thereby reducing shipping-related CO2 emissions. For all staff at the Carros sites, Virbac provides a shuttle service to the railway station serving the industrial area. Also used for inter-site connections and the corporate restaurant, this shuttle transported nearly 4,166 people per month in 2017, an increase of 2%. This increase is due to the establishment of a second shuttle service due to a new Virbac facility in the industrial zone.

As part of a PDIE (Plan de déplacement inter-entreprises [Business-to-business transportation plan]), in 2012 Virbac was actively involved in setting up an “express shuttle” connecting different points of the city of Nice and the Carros industrial area. In 2013 and 2014, three new lines were added between the West of the department and the Carros industrial area. Since 2010 in France and 2012 in the United States, Virbac has also had in place an incentive-based policy for company vehicles geared towards limiting the carbon footprint. Still on the theme of transportation, financial incentives and reserved parking spaces are offered to employees of the new production site in Mexico who use "clean" vehicles or who carpool. The sites in Australia and France take greenhouse gas emissions into account when choosing refrigeration gases for each industrial refrigeration unit. Finally, in Mexico, a solar boiler producing industrial hot water has been installed as part of the new production unit.

Water discharges

The quantity of industrial water discharged by all the Virbac sites worldwide amounted to 168,535 m3 in 2017. Given the activities at Virbac's industrial sites, the main pollutant discharged into industrial waters is COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand). This indicator, monitored since 2013, shows that 172 tons of COD were emitted by the industrial sites of the entire Group in 2017. The emissions remained stable despite the gradual return to normal of the St. Louis site in the United States (+68%) and quality checks, particularly related to the cleaning of equipment. The quantity of COD emitted greatly increased (+30%) at constant scope; this increase is due to the gradual return to normal at the St. Louis site in the United States and the increase in power at the new site in Mexico. This COD increases by 77% with the integration of the Carros industrial sites in France (VB1), which were not included in prior balance sheets.


Virbac produces two kinds of waste: non-hazardous industrial waste and hazardous industrial waste. These are handled by dedicated waste collection and sorting sectors which ensure optimal waste recycling or recovery depending on the nature of the waste.

Improving non-hazardous industrial waste sorting at source and reducing its volume

Since 2003, Virbac has been helping with the roll-out of a non-hazardous waste (aluminum, iron, glass, cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) collection system at the Carros industrial area through “Carros Indus'tri”. This system (regularly studied by local communities or other industrial areas wishing to imitate it), managed by the Côte d’Azur Industry Plaine du Var (CAIPDV) business club, evolved in 2015 into “Tri&Co” as a result of optimizing and harmonizing collection schedules, among other things. Thus, all non-hazardous waste from the Carros sites is handled by service providers located within a radius of less than 40 km with a 100% recovery rate and therefore 0% landfilling. Like most Virbac sites, the Argo Navis site in Mexico is setting up pre-packaging facilities for non-hazardous waste to optimize the volumes produced and consequently the truck traffic.

Controlling volumes of hazardous industrial waste

Virbac tracks all hazardous waste up to the point of disposal: soiled packaging; laboratory, production, medicinal or infectious wastes; and chemical effluents (mostly incinerated and therefore thermally utilized or recycled for solvent recovery). Finally, Virbac makes regular improvements to the collection system through the establishment of new and even more selective channels, making it possible to reduce the proportion of waste that cannot yet be recycled.

In 2017, 3,057 tons of hazardous waste were generated in the entire environmental scope (excluding the St. Louis site in the United States, which did not report this data in 2017).



The Group's IT team actively pursues a strategy of installing communication systems that reduce transportation-related environmental impacts:

  • Collaborative tools reducing unnecessary travel (videoconferencing in most subsidiaries, shared spaces, instant messaging);
  • Communication tools conducive to virtual internal and external discussions (workflow, PDA, FTP platform);
  • IT infrastructure reducing the amount of material resources required (server virtualization, Lean ERP, automation).

In 2017, Virbac continued to encourage its teams to use videoconferencing: all subsidiaries are equipped with dedicated systems (60 rooms in the Group) and all individual computers are also videoconference-ready with the deployment of more powerful software. The 13,289 videoconferencing meetings held throughout the Group in 2017 (a nearly 100% increase over the previous year) greatly helped to reduce physical travel among employees.

In addition to all these initiatives, e-visits are gradually being set up to optimize sales team travel in France. After an experimental phase in the first half of 2016, 130 virtual visits took place in the last quarter. This strategy was pursued with other populations and in other subsidiaries in 2017. In the same vein, six webinars were also set up (notably on dietetic nutrition topics).

All the environmental indicators in the 2017 sustainable development report  (page 36)

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