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Pharmanovia pledges commitment to SBTI net zero target

Pilot transition from air freight to sea freight cut potential CO2 emissions by c.470,000 kg

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Pharmanovia, a company that commercialises novel medicines and revitalises, extends and expands the lifecycle of established medicines, has announced increased targets to divert 40 per cent of its air shipments to sea in 2023, and 75 per cent by the end of 2028.

Pharmanovia revealed the significant progress made towards achieving its ESG initiatives in its new Sustainability Report. Reportedly, its air-to-sea pilot scheme, which focused on its Spain-to-Australia freight route, cut an estimated 470,000 kg in potential COemissions in 2022 – reducing Scope 3 upstream transport emissions by 18 per cent.

This initiative follows a recent report which stated just 16 of 500 pharma companies measured their entire Scope 3 emissions.

Additional highlights from the report include:

  • Scope 2 emissions decreasing by 13 per centin 2022, due to lower direct electricity demand within the office space
  • The company’s packaging audit seeing a 52 per cent increasein the percentage of products packed with at least one fully recyclable component, up from 12 per cent in 2021 to 64 per cent in 2022
  • Strong progress in an initiative which saw Pharmanovia set ESG goals all employees across its global offices as part of annual performance awards. Employees achieved a 98 per cent completion rateof the compliance training, including ESG modules

Other initiatives include a 2030 target being established for Pharmanovia’s transition to an electric hybrid vehicle fleet, while technology is also being embraced to strengthen the company’s supply chain policy. A digital due diligence tool has been piloted and will be rolled out further in 2023 to provide continuous and automated monitoring of all partnerships, including their own ESG activities.

The company has set itself a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, which is aligned with science-based targets that support the United Nations Climate Change Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.  Pharmanovia’s Net-Zero goals have been validated by the Science-Based Target Initiative (SBTi).

James Burt, CEO, Pharmanovia said, “Today’s set of environmental targets, including our landmark pledge to transition from air freight to sea freight, demonstrate our commitment to establishing novel routes for the industry to reach net zero. The innovative pilot not only delivered benefits in terms of carbon, but in waste and cost reduction, too.”

Neeshe Williams, Head of ESG and General Counsel, Pharmanovia said, “At Pharmanovia, we believe deeply in addressing the climate impact of our own business as well as the partners we work with. All employees have been assigned individual ESG targets as part of their performance review, to reinforce ESG is something we do, not just talk about, and encourage them to apply a sustainable lens to the work they do.”


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