Environmental Sustainability

As a company committed to applying science to confront the world’s greatest challenges, reducing  greenhouse gas emissions is a strategic priority.

 

Our company purpose – “Breakthroughs that Change Patients’ Lives” – guides our environmental sustainability priorities. We’re passionate about protecting human health. That’s reflected in our environmental sustainability goals: climate action & sustainable medicines.

Bringing Breakthroughs that Change Patients’ Lives goes beyond breakthrough medicines. Climate change is impacting the health we protect and the patients we serve. It’s the challenge of our age, we need to act, and our customers and patients want us to act.

The window is closing to minimise the catastrophic effects of climate change - which we are already experiencing including severe weather and vector borne disease geographical shifts. Climate change adversely impacts health, and the healthcare system impacts the climate with 4-5% of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions globally being attributed to the health system.1 While climate change impacts us all, historically, it is marginalised communities that are disproportionately impacted

 

What do we mean by sustainability?

The most common definition of sustainability comes from the 1987 Brundtland Report: Our Common Future. This says, "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." 1

How is climate change impacting health?

We know that climate change poses significant risks to societies and economies around the world:

  • Increased adverse impacts on human health2
  • Growing frequency of severe weather events3
  • Potential disruption to the value chains that are critical for providing medicines and vaccines to patients4
What we are doing at Pfizer


All our futures depend on the environment. Here’s how we’re working to protect health through sustainability.

 

2001

We developed a science-based climate action strategy and introduced our first greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals.

 

2007

We met our first GHG reduction goal by decreasing our emissions by more than 35% adjusted to revenue. That was equivalent to a total reduction of 20%.

 

2012

We achieved our second GHG reduction goal a year early (in 2011), by decreasing our emissions by more than 20% on an absolute basis.

 

2015

We became the first company in the pharmaceutical sector to have our climate target validated by the Science Based Target initiative.

 

2020

We exceeded our third generation GHG goal of a 20% reduction from our 2012 baseline, and delivered a 33% reduction. This means we have reduced our GHG emissions by more than 60% since 2001.

 

December
2020

We announced our ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030 in our direct emissions and committed to new targets approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative. We signed the Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees.

 

June
2022

We committed to reaching Net Zero by 2040 in response to the new voluntary Net Zero standard.6 Net Zero is the point at which the GHG emissions added to the atmosphere are no more than the amount removed.

Our 2030 targets

We have made bold commitments to:

Climate Action

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We leverage scientific innovation to reduce our environmental impact through climate impact mitigation, conservation of resources and the reduction of waste.

Our Partnerships & Commitments

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Our Partnerships & Commitments

We will continue to work in partnership, using science to combat climate change together #ScienceWillWin.

UK Actions

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Read more about the steps we are taking in order to reduce our Carbon Footprint in the UK.

Global Actions

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Global Actions

As a company with a global presence, we are committed to making a difference in local communities and the world around us.

Sustainable Medicines

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Sustainable Medicines

Leveraging our strengths in scientific innovation to reduce the environmental impact of our medicines.

References

  1. Health Care Without Harm. Health Care's Climate Footprint Accessed June 2022
  2. United Nations. Sustainability. Accessed June 2022
  3. WHO. The True Death Toll of COVID-19. Accessed June 2022
  4. Nature. The burden of heat-related mortality attributable to recent human-induced climate change. Accessed June 2022
  5. McKinsey. Could climate become the weak link in your supply chain? Accessed June 2022
  6. Science Based Targets. The Net-Zero Standard Accessed June 2022

 

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