From 2017, Chiesi the Netherlands is 100% CO2 neutral. Where we can, we limit the emissions. Our office is green: we use green power, we print on recycled paper, the men's rooms are water-free, the lamps work on motion detectors, we are going to separate our garbage and Monday we join the global Meat-Free-Monday. This last initiative was launched in 2009 by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney: 'One day a week can make a world of difference'. Our mailings have not been sent in plastic for a long time and we also invest in reducing the environmental impact of the production of our medicines and the distribution of the packages.
Of the emissions that we can not (yet) save, we have had our carbon footprint calculated by independent external experts. For this we participate in compensation programs. This means that we compensate our airline and car rentals by planting trees in the Netherlands and buying cooking stoves in Africa. Thus, the knife intersects on two sides: COPD is expected to be the third death cause in Africa in 2025. Cooking on open wood fires indoors is an important cause.
Therefore, if we have a choice, we choose the most environmentally friendly option. We also encourage our employees to choose green energy at home. One of our employees gives the good example by visiting doctors by bike instead of by car one day per week, while others travel by train or stopped eating meat at all.
But we're going to do more. In 2018 for example, we ask our partners to organize congresses CO2-neutral. That means Meat-Free-Mondays in trainings and courses.