Environmental performance

Environmental performance report

Vircell, S.L., in its vocation and commitment to the Environment, annually performs an Environmental Performance evaluation and, through this evaluation, measures are established, some of which become environmental objectives.

This report aims to announce the activities that have been carried out, the results of the environmental objectives proposed for that year and identify possible areas for improvement for the future.

Review of compliance with environmental legislation 
At least twice a year, a review of the fulfillment of legal requirements regarding the environment is performed. This process serves to check that the previously identified requirements continue to be met and that the new legislation enacted in this matter is taken into account.
The last of these reviews was made during the month of March 2018 and it was verified that all the identified requirements were met.

Environmental objectives. Year 2017
The environmental objective defined for 2017 relative to the reduction of electricity consumption related to production has been adequately achieved.

Environmental aspects 
An identification and evaluation of environmental aspects is carried out.
This identification of aspects has been reviewed on March 28, 2018 and the evaluation of its impacts has been recalculated, obtaining as a result that most aspects, except 5, are not significant, due mainly to the control of the same.

The aspects that have been significant are the following:

  • Electric consumption
  • Toner and ink cartridges finished
  • Obsolete computer equipment
  • Containers of dangerous substances
  • Solvents

The environmental aspects that stand out for having experienced an improvement over the previous year, we note the following in both Waste Management and Consumption:

Waste Management

  • Obsolete fluorescent and ultraviolet tubes
  • Laboratory chemicals containing dangerous substances
  • Waste whose collection and disposal is subject to special requirements to prevent infections
  • Absorbents, filters and contaminated rags
  • Batteries that contain mercury
  • Alkaline batteries

Consumption

  • Water consumption 
  • Energy consumption 
  • Paper consumption 

Internal training
All personnel newly incorporated to Vircell, S.L. receives specific training related to the environment. The courses are the following:

  • Environmental management
  • General guidelines for waste disposal.

On the other hand, biannually specific personnel are trained with particular courses for the Transfer of hazardous waste

Planning and response to environmental emergencies
Annually, and in order to validate the planning and response to environmental emergencies and to ensure their adequate knowledge by the personnel, a practical simulation is carried out so that the staff knows first-hand how to act in case of environmental emergencies.

Final comment
As explained in this report, the main environmental processes that affect our activities are being effectively applied and controlled.
As an opportunity for improvement for this year, we will review the environmental aspects procedure to adapt them to the specific parameters of the company, so that these are better valued.


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