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Global Environmental Sustainability

Strengthening Our Operations and Value Chain

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t Johnson & Johnson, we continually strive to improve the environmental footprint of our operations and to support partners across our value chain to do the same.

Building on decades of advancements in energy efficiency and carbon reduction, we are now aiming even further to reach carbon neutrality across our global operations. We are advancing innovations in our facilities and our supply chain to conserve and protect water and to rethink waste as a catalyst for innovation. Of course, we know we can’t do it alone, and we have a long history of engaging our suppliers to accelerate environmental and social improvements.

We are proud of the recognition we have received for our work. In 2020 Johnson & Johnson was recognized by CDP with A-ratings in climate action for the third consecutive year and water security for the second consecutive year. Additionally, we were named to the CDP supplier engagement leader board for the fourth consecutive year.

Taking action throughout our operations and across our value chain is one way we are doing our part to support a healthy planet and to enable a strong and resilient business.

Advancing Renewable Electricity in Our Operations Around the World

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Today, over half of our global electricity use comes from renewable sources. Regionally, over 70% of our electricity use in North America and over 80% of our electricity use in Europe comes from renewable sources. And we continue to make progress towards our goal of sourcing 100% of our electricity needs from renewables by 2025.

In addition to our renewable electricity contracts around the world, we also use onsite renewables to help power some of our facilities. For example, we installed on-site solar panels at our São José dos Campos Campus in Brazil, as well as at our facility in Xi'an, China. In Titusville, NJ, solar panels that are spread across 20-acres of land provide enough electricity to power about 60% of our Janssen United States headquarters, and wind turbines help power our DePuy Synthes facility in Cork, Ireland.

We also recently signed a contract that will allow us to source all of the electricity needed for our Jacksonville, FL (U.S) operations from solar power. Since our production site in Limerick, Ireland is already powered by wind, this new deal, which should come into effect in 2022, means that all ACUVUE® brand contact lenses will be made using 100% renewable electricity.

Tapping Into New Energy Sources

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For decades we have been focused on driving energy efficiency across our operations, but reaching our climate goals will require us to go beyond efficiency projects and renewable electricity. For example, we continue to expand our use of geothermal energy to provide substantial reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. At our Janssen campus in Beerse, Belgium we have completed the construction of multiple wells, each approximately 1.6 miles deep, to provide renewably sourced hot water that will significantly reduce the site’s emissions. At our Ethicon campus in Cincinnati, Ohio (US), we installed a closed-loop, geothermal system with the capacity to provide heating and cooling to the entire 45-acre campus while substantially reducing emissions.

Innovating to Conserve Water

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Access to clean water is essential for human health and well-being and, as leaders in healthcare, we are committed to conserving water resources wherever we operate. We continue to advance initiatives across our facilities and throughout our supply chain to conserve and protect water.

We are also harnessing new approaches to give water a second life. At our facility in Juarez, Mexico, we installed a biological treatment plant for water used in manufacturing, waste processing and other parts of our daily operations. The treated water is used for irrigation of green areas and for donation to the municipal water agency. At our Geel, Belgium location an on-site innovation allows us to purify processed water for reuse, while also recovering valuable materials and destroying toxins that result from the production of some pharmaceuticals.

These are just a couple of examples of our commitment to water stewardship. You can read our full position on water and waste management here.

Engaging Our Suppliers to Have an Impact

We know that a collective approach is essential to tacking today’s greatest environmental challenges, and we have been collaborating for years with our suppliers to accelerate environmental and social improvements across our value chain. Looking to the future, we have committed to expanding the Johnson & Johnson Supplier Sustainability Program to include all suppliers by 2025. This means there will be even more opportunities for engagement and collaboration on our joint environmental and social priorities.

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