June 5, 2020
Mylan recognizes that we have a role to play in caring for the earth. That’s why responsible environmental stewardship and promoting safe, sustainable operations are priorities for us. We work systematically and continuously to identify ways to protect the environment and minimize our impact through a comprehensive approach focused on managing our impact on water, air emissions, waste, energy and climate change.
This year’s theme for World Environment Day is about caring for nature and the interconnectedness between human health and a healthy environment. As a global healthcare company with a mission to create better health for a better world, we understand the importance of this connection, and our approximately 35,000 employees around the world are committed to making a positive impact on the world around us.
In 2019 alone, Mylan increased the share of renewable energy consumed by 25%, increased the share of recycled waste by 26% and continued to enhance our water purification processes across our operations, including efforts that reduced the amount of rejected water in our Warsaw, Poland, facility by 28%. We also decreased the amount of particulate matter released into the air by 83% through the installation of new electrostatic precipitator control devices on boilers at our facility in Visakhapatnam, India.
As the world grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic, the risks to human health created by an unhealthy ecosystem is especially timely. We have all worked to limit the spread of infection and maintain social distancing and because of that nature has increasingly become a place for recreation and escape. And because of the lockdowns associated with the pandemic, we have seen many positive impacts on the environment. For example, multiple sources indicate we are now living through an unrivalled drop in carbon output due mostly to reduced transportation.
As pandemic-related restrictions begin to lift, it will be up to each of us to be mindful of how our behaviors affect the environment and to change our habits to reduce our impact on nature.
Learn more about what Mylan did in 2019 as stewards of the environment and about our legacy of making a difference in our 2019 global social responsibility report.