Environmental impact

​Our member companies strive to contain their environmental impact and many have pledged to reduce their carbon footprint. Over the last year, we have worked closely with the NHS Sustainability Unit to identify new ways in which the pharmaceutical industry can further reduce this footprint – key considerations include reducing energy consumption, travel commitments and waste as well as more efficient management of resources.

On the production side, many of our members are finding new solutions to reduce water consumption and energy usage for researching and manufacturing medicines. 

If medicines are wrongly disposed of, they can end up in landfills or in waste water and several companies are doing more research into the impact that medicines traces have on the environment, as well as working with pharmacists to ensure unused or unwanted medicines can be returned by patients for safe disposal by incineration. 

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