Improving our environmental footprint contributes to mitigating the impacts of climate change on the planet and on human health. It also allows us to increase the efficiency of our operations. As such, it is integral to our business strategy, spanning two of our strategic priorities: embed operational excellence and build trust with society.

Our strategy and targets

We aim to drive sustainability through our own operations, as well as those of our suppliers, and we have set ambitious targets to minimize our impacts on climate, waste and water.

Our 2023 performance⁴


Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in our own operations (Scopes 1 and 2) vs. 2016


Reduction in water consumption in our own operations vs. 2016


Reduction in waste disposal vs. 2016⁵

Environmental sustainability reporting

We take our responsibility to protect the environment seriously. Additional information about our progress against targets and our efforts to reduce our impacts on the environment is published in the Novartis in Society Integrated Report, which covers our business, strategy and performance, including environmental, social and governance topics.

  1. In accordance with Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) Corporate Net-Zero Standard
  2. All Novartis sites to reduce water consumption in all areas and be water neutral in water-stressed regions by not depleting local water reserves. Water-stressed regions are determined using WWF Water Risk Filter
  3. Plastic neutral is achieved when the weight of plastic packaging entering the environment for disposal is approximately the same as weight being recovered for recycling
  4. Based on actuals from January to September, with estimates for October to December 2023
  5. Restated in 2023 to exclude Sandoz