New carbon footprint tool launched to calculate the carbon footprint of pharmaceutical products in UKRead Now
The tool, a first of its kind for the pharmaceutical sector, will help companies estimate the carbon footprint of tablet medicines in blister packs in a way that is relatively quick and easy. It is a demonstration of the industry’s commitment to help reduce its impact on the environment through sustainable practices including management of carbon footprints.
A range of data has been incorporated into the model which covers carbon emissions for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), transport and distribution, formulation and packaging, retail and use phase and finally the disposal of the packaging.
It is intended to give an indicative view of the carbon impact of a particular product and allow screening of large product portfolios to identify hotspots. Companies can then decide where to prioritise resource and investment in addressing the key environmental impacts by gathering more accurate, company-specific data to improve the output estimates.
Commenting on the launch, ABPI Chief Executive Stephen Whitehead said: "The development of this tool forms part of the ABPI’s commitment to help its members to identify carbon hot-spots for products and areas for potential carbon footprint reduction. These may include raw materials manufacture, selection of materials and transport."
The tool is available now for free to all members and non-members of the ABPI.
Companies can access the toolkit here.