Areas of responsibility

Environmental protection

We acknowledge our environmental responsibilities and want to keep the impact of our corporate processes as low as possible. We are therefore careful to ensure high levels of energy efficiency in our buildings and the cleanest possible transport logistics. Among other actions, we are putting our expertise in resource management to good use by continuing our successful mission to reduce pharmaceutical waste, minimising the production of all waste, reducing paper consumption, and maintaining our high rate of recycling.

less pharmaceutical waste in 2017/18 compared to previous year
88.6 t less pharmaceutical waste in 2017/18 compared to previous year
reduction in the CO2 emissions caused by transport in 2017/18 compared to previous year
8 % reduction in the CO2 emissions caused by transport in 2017/18 compared to previous year
of non-hazardous waste at a high level: 68 per Cent in 2017/18
Recycling of non-hazardous waste at a high level: 68 per Cent in 2017/18
  • Pharmaceutical waste

    In 2017, we already achieved our strategic target of a 10 per cent reduction in the cost of pharmaceutical waste by 2018/19 as compared with 2014/15 – in fact, with a drop of around 11.8 per cent, we exceeded it. To do this, we have taken numerous steps over the past few years, spanning all our subsidiaries. An important factor has been preventing the creation of pharmaceutical waste at the earliest stage possible. We heighten awareness of error prevention through staff training and use various channels of communication as well as visual labelling.

  • Emissions

    We deliver health across Europe in many ways. This simply is not possible without using resources. In particular, our core business – the storage and transport of drugs – involves the consumption of energy and fuel, which results in the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG). We account for both in our energy monitoring system and carbon footprint analysis. By doing so, we obtain a valuable insight into opportunities for optimisation. The GHG emissions produced by the PHOENIX group fell for the second consecutive year in 2017/18. The reduction of approximately 3 per cent is particularly attributable to decreasing emissions from transport within Scope 3 (indirect emissions such as the transport of a company’s goods by subcontractors).

  • Logistics

    Efficient and eco-friendly logistics at the PHOENIX group are built on the foundations of a modern vehicle fleet, transparent database, and resource-efficient driving style. On this basis, we aim to make further reductions in the emissions caused by transport. Our subsidiary transmed operates our fleet using the most fuel-efficient vehicles and analyses all the parameters, such as the annual mileage per branch, fuel types, and CO2 emissions per kilometre. In Sweden, our subsidiary Tamro is using eco-friendly fuels based on biodiesel.

  • Efficient building technology

    As operators and users of more than 150 distribution centres across Europe, we regard efficient building technology as one of the best ways of achieving energy savings and reducing GHG emissions. In the case of new building projects, this is already factored in at planning and implementation stage. The operation of our buildings is regulated by an energy monitoring system – which is both the prerequisite for fulfilling the European Union’s Energy Efficiency Directive and for establishing energy management systems. We use the findings of regular energy audits to press ahead with energy-saving measures, such as our ongoing LED modernisation project and the optimisation of heating and air-conditioning systems.

  • Sustainable product packaging

    We are also increasingly conscious of ecological considerations in our pharmacy retail business. For example, alongside paper bags, around 1,200 of our BENU brand pharmacies switched to using only fully biodegradable plastic bags manufactured from sugar cane, a renewable raw material, at the start of 2018. Apotek 1 in Norway uses FSC-certified paper bags. This indicator of sustainable forestry also applies to all the product packaging for our category brand in the Retail business area, to the extent that this is possible for individual products.

Save natural ressources

Do you want to know more about our advancements in relation to the environment? Read the chapter in our current Sustainability Report.

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