July 11, 2022
Grifols awarded prestigious LEED Gold certification for new building at HQ complex
- U.S. Green Building Council recognizes sustainable design and construction that will enable energy savings of up to 32% while reducing water consumption 42%
- Grifols also has mutiple buildings at its manufacturing site in Clayton, N.C. (U.S.), that have received either LEED or Green Globes certification
- Recognized as one of the world’s most sustainable companies, Grifols reinforces the environmental pillar of its sustainability strategy and continues to advance on its roadmap
Barcelona, Spain, July 11, 2022 - Grifols (MCE: GRF, MCE: GRF.P, NASDAQ: GRFS), a global healthcare company and leading manufacturer of plasma-derived medicines with a proven track record of more than 110 years contributing to people’s health and well-being, today announced it has received the LEED Gold certification for a new building at its headquarters in Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona).
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed and conferred by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.
Grifols received its certification for a sustainable design and construction that prioritizes water and energy conservation, minimization of greenhouse gases, the use of environmentally friendly materials as well as indoor safety and environmental quality.
The new luminous 12,542 square-meter, five-story building employs advanced technologies that will lead to energy savings of nearly a third compared with standard constructions. Rooftop photovoltaic panels supply part of the 100% renewables-based electricity consumption. Expected water usage will be 42% less thanks to highly efficient systems as well as the storage and use of rainwater for irrigation including the maintenance of a ‘Green Roof’ that sits atop the auditorium and insulates it from the exterior with indigenous vegetation.
The auditorium itself, which seats 379 and provides full access for people with disabilities, is equipped with a cinema-quality LED screen measuring 11 meters-wide. Simultaneous translation capabilities facilitate global meetings.
“Grifols delivers on its commitments and continues to work for a more sustainable and livable planet,” said Daniel Fleta, Grifols Chief Industrial Officer. “We’re proud of the LEED Gold certification for our new building, another example of Grifols’ ongoing efforts to incorporate respectful and sustainable practices in everything we do.”
With this commendation, Grifols, recognized as one of the most sustainable companies in the world, reinforces the environmental pillar of its sustainability strategy and continues to advance on its roadmap.
The company’s manufacturing site in Clayton, N.C. (U.S.), has multiple buildings that have received either LEED certification or Green Globes designation from the Green Building Initiative, which evaluates an industrial building’s energy and water use, emissions and project management. The Clayton site’s environmental practices have enabled it to continually renew its UL-awarded Zero Waste to Landfill Gold Certification.
Aligned with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Grifols has developed its own goals to be completed by the end of the decade that feature 30 ambitious, concrete and measurable commitments that include reducing energy consumption and greenhouse emissions, increasing energy use from renewable sources, applying circular economy measures and protecting biodiversity. Grifols is striving to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
Other sustainability goals address areas including gender equality, talent development, social initiatives, product donations and a more sustainable supply chain, among others.
All of the company’s sustainability information is public and available at Grifols I Sustainability.