Sustainable practices in parenteral medicine manufacturing: Need of the hour

Srivardhan Khemka, Director, Sanjivani Parenteral explains that pharma industry in India is undergoing a transformative shift towards sustainability, responding to the urgent need for environmental responsibility. He also highlights the importance of employee engagement and training in fostering a culture of sustainability within organisations

Looking ahead to the next five years, the pharma industry, once a significant greenhouse gas emitter, is set to undergo substantial growth and transformation in response to the urgent call for sustainability. The sector is making remarkable strides, evident in its pivotal role in the Indian government’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). Committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent before 2020, the industry has embraced global-scale adoption of renewable energy solutions like solar and wind power. Research suggests that this shift could lead to a 40-70 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, marking a promising trajectory towards a more sustainable future.

Energy: Smart and sustainable

Parenteral medicine manufacturing is inherently energy intensive sector; hence, the adoption of energy-efficient practices becomes both a responsibility and a necessity. The industry has a significant appetite for energy, but they are transforming their energy sources. The sector is wholeheartedly adopting cleaner energy options such as solar and wind to reduce their carbon footprint. The approach involves intelligent energy management, leveraging advanced and automated technology, optimizing production processes, and conducting regular energy audits. These strategic measures extend beyond environmental benefits; they prove to be advantageous for their business as well.

Water: Use wisely, conserve diligently

Confronting the worldwide concern of water scarcity, it plays a pivotal role in the solution. Employing closed-loop systems for innovation, they effectively minimise water wastage while adopting water-efficient technologies. Industry’s commitment extends to addressing leaks, and they actively collaborate with local communities to promote responsible water usage in their daily operations.

Waste: Less is more

Minimising waste production is a dual responsibility—environmental and operational efficiency. Adopting practices for waste reduction, reuse, and recycling aligns with sustainable principles. Lean manufacturing and process optimisation play pivotal roles in reducing overall waste generated during production.

Effective waste management strategies, including recycling programs and safe disposal methods, are essential. Collaboration with waste management solution providers facilitates the establishment of circular economies, wherein waste from the manufacturing process is upcycled or repurposed, contributing to sustainable supply chains.

Sustainable packaging for parenteral medicines

Traditionally, the packaging of pharmaceutical products, especially in the parenteral medicine sector, has been resource intensive. The industry is transitioning towards materials that prioritize the planet – opting for biodegradable, recyclable, and smarter alternatives. This strategic shift is not only beneficial for the environment; it aligns with the expectations and deserves of the customers.

Employee training and engagement

The success of sustainability initiatives in parenteral medicine manufacturing hinges on the active involvement of employees. Prioritising training programs focused on sustainable practices, environmental awareness, and the significance of individual roles in achieving sustainability goals is crucial.

Creating a culture of environmental responsibility necessitates engagement at all levels. Regular communication, recognition of sustainable achievements, and incentives for green practices foster a sense of ownership among employees. This proactive involvement ensures that employees contribute actively to the overarching goal of creating a more sustainable and environmentally conscious manufacturing process.

A necessity for a thriving future

In summary, the adoption of sustainable practices in parenteral medicine manufacturing transcends a mere trend; it is a necessity for the industry’s enduring viability. The amalgamation of energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, sustainable packaging, and employee engagement forms a holistic approach to creating an environmentally responsible and sustainable manufacturing ecosystem. As the Indian pharmaceutical sector evolves, embracing sustainability is not merely a choice—it is the need of the hour for a healthier planet and a flourishing industry.

In the words of an ancient proverb, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” As stewards of the future, our commitment to sustainable practices today ensures a legacy of well-being and prosperity for generations to come!

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