Merck/Schering-Plough - The 12 greenest companies in biopharma


2009 figures*

CO2 emissions: 2.14M metric tons (1.18M)
Water Intake/Use: Usage: 7.4B gallons (5.6B)
Waste: 140,000 metric tons (74,000)
Energy Supply: 26.1M Btu x 10 superscript 6 (12.8M)

*These two companies combined in November 2009. Stats represent those the company can report for the full year for each company.

Merck topped the 2010 list of CRD Analytics' Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders, up from fourth in 2008, says Merck also achieved the highest ranking for environmental, social and corporate governance in the same year it acquired Schering-Plough.

The New Jersey-based company has installed two solar energy systems, generating about 8 percent of the power for corporate headquarters in Whitehouse Station and 12 percent for facilities in Summit.

Last June, Merck worked with Codexis and developed a biocatalytic process for commercial-scale manufacture of sitagliptin, a diabetes treatment. The new process improved efficiency over existing synthesis methods by 10 to 13 percent and decreased chemical waste byproducts. The companies received the annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the EPA.

Merck/Schering-Plough - The 12 greenest companies in biopharma