Results and Feedback


Cumulative energy savings from projects at Novartis


GHG reduction between 2010 and 2014 by year


Model of the new Novartis Research Campus in Cambridge, MA, USA, with new energy-efficient buildings (inauguration in 2015)

At Novartis, energy and climate performance is primarily measured with absolute numbers of energy use and GHG emissions, together with relative indicators on energy/GHG emissions per sales, production, people or building surface area, and other specific indicators.

We also use quantification of savings achieved with energy projects as an alternative to measure performance and define targets that can be applied to sites and Divisions/Business units. Accounting for savings requires clear definitions and a solid, accepted accounting scope and process, as well as a consistent application at sites and by Divisions/Business units throughout Novartis.

The Site Energy Manager develops and maintains the list of energy projects and reports required figures on project related savings of energy, energy cost and GHG emissions in the Novartis Data Management System (DMS).

The Divisional Energy Manager consolidates the lists of energy projects from the sites to a divisional list and reports it to the Group Energy Manager and the divisional HSE-Officer. The Divisional Energy Manager can break down the divisional energy/GHG savings target into site specific targets, depending on achievements already made, and remaining saving potentials (e.g. potentials identified in recent energy audits and/or site visits and specific project opportunities).

Novartis’ achievements

From 2008 to 2014, our business and operations were growing by 30% in terms of production and 25% in terms of building space, but energy use increased only by 4.0%. Thanks to our energy saving projects, energy consumption is considerably lower than the expansion of our operations.

In 2014, total annual energy savings achieved through energy projects amounted to USD 74 million in energy costs and 2.97 million gigajoule (GJ) in energy savings. This accounts for 15.9% of the 2008 energy consumption across all sites and divisions, exceeding the 2015 target by 1.9%, one year ahead of schedule. The target set in 2008 was to reduce the energy consumption by 14% through energy projects by 2015.

In terms of GHG emission, we have also managed to steadily reduce our total GHG emissions thanks to our achieved energy savings and GHG reductions through other measures. Despite continued growth of the company, we reached our 2015 GHG reduction target ahead of time.


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