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Healthy Environment

We recognise the risk posed by global climate change and we are striving to find safer, smarter, more sustainable ways to run our business.

AbbVie’s Commitment to Sustainability, Health & Safety

AbbVie is advancing the long-term sustainability of its operations, including its commercial and manufacturing facilities in Ireland, by reducing the energy it consumes, reducing the water it uses and reducing the energy it generates. 

AbbVie aims to reduce its carbon footprint as part of its overall commitment to operating responsibly. It has established absolute reduction goals, and it invests in technology and infrastructure to reduce its carbon footprint accordingly. 

In 2021, AbbVie demonstrated this commitment when it joined more than 60 of the largest companies in Ireland in signing up to Business in the Community Ireland’s (BITCI's) new Low Carbon Pledge. The pledge, which was officially launched by Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Eamon Ryan involves companies committing to science-based carbon emissions reductions by 2024.

We have set ambitious, long-term environmental sustainability targets for absolute reductions to carbon emissions, water and waste while driving increases in renewable electricity. In 2021, AbbVie made the commitment to set near-term Science Based Targets. Working with the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) enables access to expert resources that support the meaningful reduction of our climate impact and that provide an external assessment. In August 2022, AbbVie submitted our targets to SBTi. Our new targets, which were validated by SBTi in March 2023, are as follows:

  • GHG Emission Reduction: AbbVie commits to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 42% by 2030 from a 2021 base year.
  • Renewable Electricity: AbbVie commits to increase active sourcing of renewable electricity from 29.5% in 2021 to 100% by 2030.
  • Supplier Engagement: AbbVie commits that at least 79.1% of its suppliers by emissions covering Purchased Goods & Services, Capital Goods, and Upstream Transportation & Distribution, will have science-based targets by 2027.

Additional details on our emissions and other environmental data can be found in AbbVie’s 2022 ESG Action Report in the Environment section.

Environmental and energy management

We use robust environmental and energy management systems. All five Irish manufacturing sites are certified in ISO 14001, 45001, and 50001.

Recognition of AbbVie’s commitment to environmental stewardship

  • 2024 ‘Sustainable Energy Achievement Award’ and ‘Green Lifesciences Award’ at the Green Awards 
  • 2023 ‘Green Pharmaceutical Award’ at the Green Awards
  • 2021 Pharma Awards ‘Sustainability Initiative of the Year’
  • 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award at the Facilities Management Awards 
  • 2019 American Chamber of Commerce Créafóg Award (North West)
  • 2019 Green Award in the Sustainable Energy Management category 
  • 2018 Pharma Awards ‘Biopharmaceutical Company of the Year’  
  • 2018 Green Pharmaceutical Company at the Green Awards 
  • 2017 ‘Responsible Care Award’ at the Irish Pharma Industry Awards
  • 2015 AEE Award for Corporate Energy Management in Western Europe 
  • 2015 SEAI Award in the Large Industry Category 
  • 2015 Green Award in the Sustainable Energy Management category 
  • 2014 Chambers Ireland CSR Award for Heat Recovery Programme