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By Dieter Holger
Merck & Co. (MRK) said Tuesday that it cut its greenhouse-gas emissions by 7% last year from the previous year as the pharmaceutical company looks to improve its energy efficiency and other eco-friendly measures.
Total emissions at the American company came to around 8.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2018 compared with 9.1 million metric tons in 2017, Merck said.
Merck's efforts come as the pharmaceutical industry faces mounting pressure to lower its environmental footprint. The carbon footprint of the global drug sector is larger than that of the automotive industry, according to a study published this year in the Journal of Cleaner Production, a scientific publication. Merck is among only 15 drug companies that have reported their emissions since 2012, the study said.
At 72%, the vast majority of Merck's emissions were scope 3--emissions from a company's actual products. To cut its emissions Merck said that it was working to reduce waste in its operations, lower fuel use and seeking opportunities to shift from air freight to ocean transport when practical.
"These actions not only reduce our environmental impact but benefit the business by reducing costs," Merck said.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
October 08, 2019 09:40 ET (13:40 GMT)
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