World’s First LEED Platinum Certified Pharmaceutical Factory to Open in Asia

by | Oct 25, 2017

The first LEED Platinum certified pharmaceutical factory in the world will open in Asia. Pfizer has teamed with Johnson Controls to build the facility. This follows an expansion project at Pfizer’s factory in Dalian, China.

As a result of the initiative, a significant improvement in energy efficiency was recorded, including savings in water (45%), energy (35%) and cost (28%), according to the standards of ASHRAE90.1-2007.

Established in 1989, the factory in Dalian is Pfizer’s first production base in China. The expansion project, which is an aseptic workshop for cephalosporin products, is part of Pfizer’s efforts to expand investment and capabilities in China. Covering an area of about 13,000 square meters, the expanded area was constructed in 2014 and completed in April 2017.

“Pfizer is not only committed to ensuring only the best product quality, but also to advocating sustainability in our business. To this end, we proactively integrate the most advanced and suitable technologies to reduce energy consumption and minimize the impact on the environment,” said Meng Yu, site leader of Pfizer Dalian.

The building is installed with Johnson Controls’ Metasys Building Automation System (BAS), which has improved the facility’s overall operating efficiency. It also utilizes Johnson Controls’ SPEED smart energy management platform, enabling real-time calculations of factory energy consumption for energy usage optimization through images, texts, and videos. To maximize energy savings, the building collects wastewater and rainwater for watering the lawn and grounds, combined with high-efficiency equipment, and LED and automated solar lighting systems.

“As a global pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer is devoted to improving energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption,” said Josephine Su, vice president and general manager, Building Technologies & Solutions China, Johnson Controls. “We fully understand the demands and provide an integrated solution including LEED certification consulting by leveraging our product advantages and expertise. We are proud to have assisted Pfizer in reducing their environmental footprint and achieving sustainable development.”

In 2016, Pfizer forayed into renewable energy when the company installed a 5.6 MW fuel cell power generator system at its facility in Groton, CT.

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