Gedeon Richter is strongly committed to protecting the environment during the course of its activities. As a large pharmaceutical corporation, it puts a great emphasis on prevention and a continuous reduction of environmental impacts of its activities. The Company combines its more than 110 years of traditions and its extensive scientific knowledge with today’s modern expectations in order to fully meet international and Hungarian requirements.  
The business of a pharmaceutical company which engages in integrated research, development, manufacturing and sales requires our experts  to work with the utmost care in every phase of our activities. This ensures that the production of the drugs developed to cure patients places the smallest possible burden on the environment. When implementing green investment projects and improving existing facilities, the most advanced technologies available are used to continuously reduce environmental impacts. When doing research on new products and developing innovative procedures, our experts take into account the environmental risks of future production, the dangers of using toxic materials, the options for recycling and the operational risks of the technologies. Our energy experts are responsible for ensuring safe operation as well as for monitoring and, as much as possible, increasing the efficiency of energy consumption in order to protect natural resources.

Solvents make up most of the polluting materials used in production. Most solvents used once in production are recycled – either directly or, depending on their quality, after a pre-treatment process. It is an inevitable consequence of our business activities that small amounts of various chemicals are released into the environment but these are always within the limit values set by the authorities. Special equipment, such as solvent freezers or absorbers, is used to reduce air pollution. Our plant in Dorog has a three-step biological treatment facility to neutralise waste water. In Budapest and Debrecen, the waste water is funnelled into the city’s biological waste water treatment plant after local pre-treatment. The resulting hazardous waste is sent to licensed companies with appropriate expertise for utilization or disposal. We strive to minimize the amount of waste to be landfilled and incinerated, instead we prioritize regeneration and composting at an external partner, where possible. If incineration cannot be avoided, energy is recovered during the incineration of waste with a suitable calorific value.

We expect all of the Company’s employees and external contractors to fully comply with the environmental requirements and also to enforce compliance in their own areas. We achieve this by providing regular training, sharing information, introducing incentive-based solutions and ensuring safe and healthy working conditions.

We feel a sense of responsibility for both our immediate and wider environment. We are proud of the fact that the constant development of our manufacturing infrastructure and technologies is creating a firm foundation for our efforts on behalf of a better and healthier environment.

The Richter Group strives to comply with domestic and European environmental protection requirements at its foreign (Russian, Polish, Romanian, Indian, German) manufacturing subsidiaries, too. Over the years, the cooperation in the field of environmental protection and climate protection has become closer and closer, the production subsidiaries report annually on their environmental protection activities in the framework of the Sustainability Report issued at the group level.

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