While the automotive, chemical, cosmetic industries have made strides in reducing their carbon impact, the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries have lagged behind. It has been estimated that organizations can reduce their Carbon Footprints by as much as 20 per cent through the implementation of lean processes. By applying operational excellence techniques, a strategy can be developed to assist pharmaceutical manufacturing and supply chain operations to achieve more “Green Operations”. By adopting a focused practice to inventory wastewater, hazardous and solid waste streams, and energy consumption a facility’s carbon footprint can be determined. Efforts can them be focused on key waste generating areas such as gowning, facility cleaning, equipment cleaning and process operations. Not only will these efforts reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing operations, but they will ultimately reduce costs. Risk management and Quality-by-Design approaches will enable firms to better understand cleaning cycles, optimize them and reduce water, chemical, time and energy requirements. More efficient cleaning cycles result lower these resource demands and reduce the Carbon Footprint of these waste generating operations.Such strategies can help manufacturing achieve “Green Operations” in the face of mounting pressure for more environmentally friendly corporate citizenship drug manufacturing costs.
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How Green Is Your Plant? – Determining the Carbon Footprint of Your Operations