Wind Powers Boehringer’s St. Joseph Plant
A 76% reduction in carbon emissions is expected as part of a companywide sustainability campaign.
In a development that might make some competitors green with envy, Boehringer Ingelheim has transitioned to wind power at its St. Joseph, Missouri, vaccine plant.
The company signed a 10-year contract with energy provider Evergy Inc., which operates the Cimarron Bend Wind Farm in Clark County, Kansas.
The St. Joseph location, Boehringer Ingelheim’s largest U.S. plant, employs 1,000 people and manufactures vaccines for horses, livestock, cats and dogs. The use of wind power will cut the site’s carbon emissions by 76%, the company stated.
Highlighting a “commitment to environmental sustainability,” Boehringer Ingelheim:
- Transitioned to renewable energy at a North Brunswick, New Jersey, research and development site.
- Plans to use natural gas to reduce its carbon footprint by about 30% a year at a site in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico.
- Expects to make a poultry vaccine plant in Gainesville, Georgia, carbon neutral.
- Switched to renewable energy last year at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
- Installed LED lights and solar panels in St. Joseph, Gainesville and Ridgefield.
“From reducing our carbon footprint to reducing the amount of electricity and water we use, we are dedicated to providing a more sustainable future for the people and animals we serve and the communities where we live and work,” said Jean-Michel Boers, president and CEO of Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corp.
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