CAPS is Takeda’s integrated GHG reduction and water conservation program.
CAPS teams engage with site leaders and project sponsors to make sure that the environment is an integral consideration as they make investment decisions, manage projects and plan how they will reduce and ultimately eliminate GHG emissions and other environmental impacts like water use at their facilities.
Through the program, our 30+ manufacturing plants, three main R&D sites and our BioLife plasma collection centers have already made significant progress. CAPS uses a proprietary digital platform to accommodate the transparent tracking, trending and forecasting of GHG emission reduction across our facilities as we progress toward site and company goals. The CAPS program also enables knowledge and best practice sharing via internal social media and libraries.
Takeda’s site operations make up around 15% of our GHG footprint. The rest can be attributed to our value chain outside of our corporate boundaries. Our procurement and EHS teams are working with key suppliers to help them establish science-based carbon reduction goals, and to take additional actions to reduce their emissions in line with these targets. This is critical, as we will only be able to reach our GHG emissions reduction goal through partnering with, influencing and supporting our suppliers to reduce their own emissions.
Our Singen manufacturing site in Germany produces around 10,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions each year. This means a reduction of 4,000 metric tons to approximately 6,000 metric tons is needed by 2025 if we are to meet our goals. With this in mind, many activities are under way to reduce energy consumption. Heat recovery, LED lighting, emission-free cooling systems and combined heat and power generation are now standard. The site has been using renewable electricity since 2012. A Climate Action Program at Sites (CAPS) team has been formed under the direction of the energy manager, operating across all functions. The site is currently evaluating the possibility of using new heat pump technology and the generation of steam with electric boilers.
Our Juso manufacturing site in Osaka, Japan, has developed a digital dashboard called “Denske,” meaning “revealing electricity usage” in Japanese. The Business Excellence and Engineering Utility teams developed the dashboard to enable easy access for all employees. The dashboard shows energy usage and associated GHG emissions for each building. This allows employees at the plant to see the impact of their actions to promote energy efficient behavior.
Takeda’s commitment to environmentally sustainable operations is at the heart of our approach to capital projects. A new manufacturing support building at our Singapore site, for example, will become our first zero carbon emissions building when it opens in late 2022. The facility incorporates the country’s Building Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Zero Energy Building (ZEB) Scheme standards. It raises the bar for energy efficient design, while its cutting-edge technology and engineering set an internal benchmark for new Takeda construction. A comprehensive energy study, with detailed modelling of the proposed initial design, will help reduce the power consumption originally forecast by approximately 34% – from 618,000 kWh/yr to 408,000 kWh/yr. This means the building can achieve a low energy use intensity (EUI) of less than 100 kWh/m2 – impressive anywhere, but particularly given Singapore’s hot and humid tropical climate. The installation of more than 850 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels will ensure the building’s energy consumption is fully met, with no compromise on employee comfort.
BioLife opened its first all-electric plasma donation center in Washington. Located in Tukwila, near the city of Seattle, the new center is the first in a sustainability initiative to build all-electric plasma donation centers in the United States.
Instead of using natural gas, which results in carbon emissions associated with air pollution and climate change, renewable electricity is used to provide heat and hot water. BioLife is aiming to build all future plasma donation centers as all-electric facilities.
Environmental sustainability was a key driver when planning and designing the renovation of our 12-story building at 500 Kendall Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. This already boasted strong environmental credentials. New features added by Takeda include new water efficient fixtures and natural materials, including locally sourced wood. The building exceeds all environmental requirements for the city of Cambridge. And to support GHG emission reductions, the offices use efficient LED lighting, combined with occupancy sensors and daylight dimming. “Green steam” from the nearby combined heat and power (CHP) plant is used for heating and cooling. The steam is produced primarily from waste heat generated by the natural gas turbines that produce electricity, so the GHG emissions are much lower than they would be from a conventional boiler.
Chilled water is created on-site from an absorption chiller – a technology only viable when there’s a close, abundant heat source such as the CHP plant. And PV panels on the roof mean solar energy offsets some of the power needs. What’s more, the mechanical systems are designed with a “night set-back,” which automatically reverts to energy-saving mode when the building is unoccupied. Demand control ventilation adjusts the amount of outside air up or down, based on occupancy. All this, plus an open office plan that promotes collaboration, enhances workplace flexibility and infuses the space with natural daylight to improve sustainability and wellness.
At our Lexington, Massachusetts, United States, campus, we recently broke ground on a cell therapy manufacturing facility. The 38,000 square-foot building design incorporates solar panels, heat recovery pumps, electric boilers and energy efficient equipment, and it eliminates the need for additional fossil fuel-burning equipment. The campus is also completing a site utilities master plan to guide its roadmap to carbon net-zero by 2040.
To reduce our logistic footprint and carbon emissions, we simplified our distribution flows through our regional distribution center network. We minimized the number of distribution centers from 53 to only 31 centers. In energy savings, this reduction is equivalent to powering 3,131 houses for a year. We also managed to increase our truck load fill from 60 to 85%, reducing the need for 250 trucks. This simplification process led to over 10% reduction of GHG emissions (20,000 tonnes CO2), which is equivalent to running 5.4 wind turbines for a year.