Incyte is committed to minimizing our carbon footprint as well as finding ways to offset our impact.
We are proud to announce that, as of January 1, 2021, our U.S. headquarters’ electricity is 100% renewably sourced from the purchase and retirement of renewable energy certificates. In addition, we achieved three out of a possible four Green Globes in connection with our recent Green Globes Certification for Building 1815 at our U.S. headquarters, which demonstrates outstanding success in resource efficiency, reducing environmental impacts and improving occupant wellness. We achieved ~90% of available points for the materials we used for the building as well as the indoor environmental quality.
As Incyte expands, so must our facilities. As we construct new buildings, our team makes sure to keep environmental responsibility as a priority. When constructing the expanded headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, for example, the team needed to remove approximately 160 trees but then planted over 400 new trees once construction was completed, more than doubling the original number of trees on-site. As we construct another new building at U.S. headquarters, we continue our focus on sustainability. We have been working with Green Globes throughout this project in order to reach our goal of achieving Green Globes Certification for this building.
As Incyte continues to expand operations worldwide, we are committed to protecting and preserving biodiversity; we respect nature on and around our facilities and local communities. As part of this effort, we evaluate operations to ensure they comply with international, national, and local regulations concerning the preservation of natural places, promoting open spaces, and assessing land use compliance. Incyte has developed plans to consider facility impact on biodiversity and land when designing new buildings and renovating existing facilities. These plans include:
- A Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan, which establishes and communicates awareness of appropriate practices associated with pollution prevention techniques and materials to divert or prevent storm water contamination
- Spill response procedures to be used in the event of a hazardous chemical spill
- A waste disposal program that outlines procedures for disposal of hazardous waste in compliance with the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
At Incyte Corporate Headquarters, five different storm water management facilities are used:
- Bio retention
- Porous asphalt
- Porous pavers
- Underground detention
- Green roof
Water presence sensors have been installed in high water usage areas to quickly detect leaks and reduce water usage. Motion and presence sensor faucets are being utilized in new or renovated spaces.
Incyte’s focus on waste reduction works to utilize “landfill free” practices where available. See below for additional information:
Non-Hazardous Waste: All of the non-hazardous waste from U.S. headquarters in Wilmington, DE is sent to a “landfill free” waste and recycle company where non-recyclable waste is then converted into energy at an eco-friendly facility.
Hazardous Waste: We manage all hazardous waste at Incyte Corporate Headquarters in Wilmington, DE in compliance with EPA regulations. All hazardous waste is recycled, reused, fuel-blended or disposed of at an EPA approved disposal facility. In recent years, over 95% of Incyte’s hazardous waste has been fuel blended for energy recovery.
We comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which establishes a cradle-to-grave regulatory system for solid waste and emphasizes control of waste after generation. In line with the 1984 Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments to RCRA, we also recognize the need to: increase waste minimization efforts and to restrict land disposal, minimizing waste generation; reduce volume and toxicity of waste; minimize waste; and minimize waste through the use of a treatment facility, a storage facility, or a disposal facility.
Incyte's EHS Team works closely with our hazardous waste vendor and our researchers to identify waste minimization and pollution prevention efforts at our research laboratory facilities including the Incyte Research Institute, in particular. These initiatives allow our Hazardous Waste Team to safely divert materials for recycling, recovery or reuse. We encourage researchers to work with the EHS team to identify additional opportunities to reduce our waste and improve our environmental stewardship goals.