Areas of responsibility

Effective protection of environment and climate

Environmental and climate protection is of particular importance to us. One of our key areas of activity is the effective reduction of pharmaceutical waste, as this has a bearing on ecological risks in addition to incurring considerable costs for our company.


We are also giving particular attention to improvements in energy efficiency, the increased use of renewable energies, and the implementation of environmentally friendly logistics concepts.

Reducing pharmaceutical waste

The PHOENIX group transports and stores millions of pharmaceutical packages every day. We have an obligation to take expired products or items with damaged packaging out of the supply chain and to properly dispose of them as hazardous waste.

Our objective: We want to reduce the costs resulting from pharmaceutical waste by 10 per cent within four years.

To this end, we are building upon our quality management system in accordance with GDP guidelines, employee training, as well as improved communications and work processes. We are making good progress: within the last two years, we have cut costs by 8.2 per cent – from €34.68 million to €31.83 million.

Pharmaceutical waste by region (in metric tons)

Pressing ahead with energy efficiency

The PHOENIX group operates an extensive energy monitoring system for its buildings. In doing so, we are following the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive, which stipulates the need for energy audits or the establishment of energy management systems. We have an energy auditor working for us, who initiates improvement processes and supports their implementation. In terms of energy-saving measures, we are focusing on:

  • systematically and increasingly introducing energy-saving LED lighting
  • optimized operation of ventilation systems
  • training of our employees in energy-saving behavior

Protecting the climate with renewable energies

The PHOENIX group is constantly reviewing the benefits of renewable energy sources with the aim of improving climate protection.

Some of our subsidiaries are already using photovoltaic equipment to generate electricity (e.g. in the Czech Republic) or biomass-fuelled heating systems (e.g. in Macedonia). Our Scandinavian business units have been exclusively using green electricity since 2010 and reduce CO2 emissions by 14,000 tonnes annually.


We are also encouraging our employees to make their very own contributions to climate protection. For example, employees in Germany have been able to lease bicycles in collaboration with the company JobRad since September 2016, thus avoiding emissions from transport.

Transparent reporting of GHG emissions

The PHOENIX group keeps an annual record of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by the company. This year’s figures show a decrease of 5.3 per cent in comparison with the previous year. Despite increasing sales, some countries were able to reduce their transport emissions through environmentally friendly logistics concepts. In Sweden, for example, the partial use of biofuels contributes to this.

A total of 72 per cent of our emissions result from the transportation of drugs, either by ourselves or third parties. In regional terms, the largest amount of harmful emissions was registered in Western Europe (including Germany), followed by Northern Europe and Eastern Europe.

Overall greenhouse gas emissions by region (Scope 1–3) CO2 in metric tons

Implementation of environmentally friendly logistics concepts

As transport is responsible for a large proportion of the CO2 emissions produced by the PHOENIX Group (72%), we are pushing ahead with our efforts to make our logistics efficient and environmentally friendly. Our focus is on maintaining a modern vehicle fleet and a transparent database, as well as an eco-efficient driving style. We are also continuing to trial alternative fuels and drives with ecological added value as part of pilot projects.


Would you like to learn more about our latest developments for the environment? Read the chapter in our latest CSR Report.

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