Our primary environmental sustainability goal is to reduce our environmental impact to help ensure a safe and healthy environment for present and future generations.

Due to the nature of our activities, our environmental footprint is not as substantial as in other industries. However, we take our responsibility very seriously and are continuously working to further reduce the environmental impact of our operations.

As we have become operationally independent, we have taken control of monitoring our performance on topics important to our stakeholders and set a baseline for future reporting.

Monitoring and reducing our carbon usage

In 2018, Idorsia's carbon usage at headquarters amounted to 1,184 tons CO2, composed of 2,500 MWh of gas and 258,020 liters oil.

In addition, 10,500 MWh of electricity has been obtained entirely from hydropower and 129 MWh of wood pellets have been used for heating purposes.

Idorsia has entered into an agreement with the Swiss federal government whereby we have undertaken to significantly reduce our CO2 emissions at headquarters. To achieve this, Idorsia currently has several programs in operation.

Minimizing water consumption

Although our business is not water intensive, we are continuously working to minimize the use of this precious resource. Water is used for a variety of purposes, such as laboratory experimentation, drinking water, facility cooling, cleaning and maintenance operations. Our facilities are built to the latest standards and include many features designed to minimize water use (e.g. tap sensors).

We strictly adhere to all regulations concerning water quality and potential impacts on water resources.

In 2018, Idorsia's water consumption at headquarters amounted to 24,317 thousand m3.

Eliminating waste

We work to eliminate waste as far as possible. When this is not possible, we aim to reduce waste and recycle to mitigate environmental impacts. Idorsia’s hazardous waste (as defined by local regulations) stems from our research activities in Switzerland. It is sent off-site for recycling, reuse, treatment or disposal.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), used in our research facilities, may have a negative impact on the environment. To minimize emissions of VOCs, our high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) units and waste hoods are equipped with absorption filters which retain VOCs.

Most of our non-hazardous waste – plastic, cardboard, paper and other commercial waste – is generated in our offices and catering facilities and is recycled whenever possible.

In 2018, Idorsia's headquarters generated 102.8 metric tons of hazardous and 92.98 metric tons of non-hazardous waste.

Materiality Analysis

From the first day of operations, we have had a strong governance framework in place, with a broad range of supporting policies, standard operating procedures and guidelines (such as our Code of Business Conduct), driving a culture of integrity.

As we have become operationally independent, we have taken control of monitoring our performance on topics important to our stakeholders, such as the impact of our efforts on the environment and the communities in which we live. We are in the process of setting up a materiality analysis and associated stakeholder engagement activities to lay the foundations for future sustainability reporting.