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Roughly 160 Aptar Mezzovico (Switzerland)

employees help develop and manufacture delivery

systems for over-the-counter drugs, but that is not

all they were working on in 2015. The pharmaceutical

manufacturing plant worked assiduously in 2015 to excel

on the sustainability front as well. By year-end 2015,

Mezzovico was one of only six Aptar facilities (highlighted in

orange below) that has met all four of the key sustainability

certifications listed.

These certifications — which include ISO 50001 for energy

management and the ISO 14000 family of standards for

environmental management — are a major step in better

integrating the management of energy into a plant’s efforts

to improve quality and environmental management. ISO

certification, along with the Landfill Free certification,

helps assure compliance with local and international

laws regarding the environmental, energy, health, safety

and business continuity matters while also enhancing its

competitiveness and image. Aptar’s internal Sustainability

Team Self-Certification process helps to keep employees

engaged in these efforts.

Says Benjamin Ozanne, Facility Leader in Le Vaudreuil,

France, and one of Aptar’s seven Regional Sustainability

leaders, “The importance of sustainability that Mezzovico

has instilled in its employees has brought tangible

advantages and savings, and also strongly contributed

to their enhanced awareness of sustainability.” He cites

visits of clients and auditors who appreciated upgrades

in technology and in the efforts of employees to improve

continually their sustainability performance.

Significant Progress at Aptar Mezzovico

Sustainability Certifications


Twelve Aptar facilities have obtained ISO 50001 certification,

with nine receiving it in 2015, including four European

pharmaceutical facilities. More sites are actively working

on the certification in 2016.

Aptar’s emphasis on green energy applies to our cooperation

with suppliers and other stakeholders to assess the

potential environmental impacts associated with a product

or service through its life cycle, employing the life cycle

assessment (LCA) technique. In 2015, Aptar completed

baseline LCAs of nine additional products, bringing our

total to 29 product families analyzed as of year-end 2015.

Landfill Free

Aptar’s internal Landfill Free program, unique to the

company, fosters the Three R’s — reduction, reuse and

recycling — of waste byproducts from our manufacturing

processes. Facilities that show at least 90 percent reuse/

recycling are recommended to receive internal certification.

As of year-end 2015, fifteen Aptar facilities have achieved

Landfill Free certification, with more already in 2016.

While implementing the program in Mukwonago, Wisconsin,

the team introduced improvements to aid others in the

planning and implementation of such a program. For instance,

they placed the protocol requirements into a digital

note-taking app, to make the information easily accessible

on a tablet, phone or computer.

Throughout the process the Aptar Mukwonago team found

new recycling streams such as cable ties, polyester strapping,

polyethylene film and an improved process for aerosols.

Using the pay-it-forward methodology, they applied learnings

at the Libertyville, Illinois facility and, as a result, reduced

landfill waste by 42 percent in 2015 across the two locations.

We track the overall landfill free percentage globally for all

certified sites. By year-end 2015 we achieved 96.9 percent

landfill avoidance, which is an improvement over our 2014

total of 94.6 percent.

Aptar Production


Our Aptar Production System, or APS, is a program for

standardizing best practices within our manufacturing

operations. APS uses a framework called 20 Keys, each of

which analyzes a specific process and consists of five levels

of performance from traditional (Level 1) to best-in-class

(Level 5). Each Key assesses a specific process such as

quality control, logistics and safety, with Key 16 as the critical

indicator of environmental sustainability performance.

In 2015, we completed 20 Keys audits in approximately

30 facilities and are happy to report that seven facilities

attained Level 4, an addition of four since 2014.


In 2015, as part of the overall Corporate Risk assessment,

Aptar undertook and completed an inventory of applicable

carbon taxes in the 18 countries where we operate. We

wanted to identify possible future risks around these taxes

and also to use the information in future Carbon Disclosure

Project, or CDP, reporting.

As part of the inventory, we identified possible scenarios

for how carbon taxes could develop over the next few years.

We also sampled several of our fuel and electricity bills to

determine if any elements in the research were missing or

needed further research. An analysis of its findings are now

available in an easy-to-read table that contains information

about new or upcoming changes or legislation that might

affect taxes.

This risk assessment, one in a series of risk assessments

conducted in preparation for Carbon Disclosure Project

reporting, helped us to improve our CDP transparency score

from 81 out of 100 in 2014 to 96 in 2015.





ISO 14001

ISO 50001




Congers, NY, U.S.A

Libertyville, IL, U.S.A.

Lincolnton, NC, U.S.A.

Midland, MI, U.S.A.

Mukwonago, WI, U.S.A.

Stratford, CT, U.S.A.

Torrington, CT, U.S.A.

Watertown, CT, U.S.A.


Cajamar, Brazil

Jundiai, Brazil

Maringá, Brazil

Querétaro, Mexico


Ckyne, Czech Republic

Annecy, France

Charleval, France

Le Neubourg, France

Le Vaudreuil, France

Oyonnax, France

Poincy, France

Verneuil, France

Dortmund, Germany

Eigeltingen, Germany

Freyung, Germany

Menden, Germany

Radolfzell, Germany

Mezzovico, Switzerland

Vladimir, Russia

Chieti, Italy

Pescara, Italy

Madrid, Spain

Torelló, Spain

Leeds, UK

Ballinasloe, Ireland


Suzhou, China









As of date March 31, 2016. Visit most recent file

here .