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Lilly Improves Its Environmental Footprint in Business Operations and Helps Beautify Communities
Date:10/4/2011

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced that it is improving its environmental footprint by achieving two of the company's three environmental goals ahead of schedule. Through the end of 2010, the company reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills by about 50 percent and has reduced its water intake by more than 30 percent. Lilly remains on track to meet its energy goal. Lilly has improved the energy efficiency of its operations by almost 12 percent while greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by more than 9 percent through 2010.  

The goals were established for a five-year period beginning in 2008, using 2007 performance as a baseline. The company had aimed for a 40 percent reduction in waste to landfills and a 25 percent reduction in water intake by 2013. By 2013, the company hopes to achieve a 15 percent improvement in energy efficiency and in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"Through the efforts of our employees worldwide, we're making great progress to lessen our environmental impact in the communities where we operate," said Steve Gillman, vice president of health, safety, and environment. "We take this responsibility seriously and remain committed to finding more ways to use resources more efficiently and improve our performance."

Lilly has been able to avoid disposing of waste by reducing, reusing, and recycling in its business operations. Such efforts have resulted in only 10 percent of waste being sent to landfills last year. The company has six locations that have achieved a zero-landfill status including facilities in research, manufacturing and distribution.

Overall in 2010, the company reused approximately 65 percent of its waste. For example, mycelia, a solid material left after a fermentation process, is being used as a soil conditioner on farmland to improve plant
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