Sustainability in Healthcare LogisticsA
s global awareness of environmental issues grows, industries are increasingly embracing sustainable practices to minimize their environmental footprint. Healthcare logistics, responsible for the delivery of crucial medical supplies and medications, is no exception. The integration of sustainable practices in healthcare logistics not only reduces environmental impact but also improves patient care and fosters a healthier future.
Here’s a look at some sustainable practices in healthcare logistics that can help healthcare companies drive positive change and reduce their impact on the environment.
Transportation is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Healthcare organizations can address this issue by exploring environmentally friendly transportation options for the delivery of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. Shifting towards eco-friendly transportation options such as electric vehicles, hybrids, and vehicles powered by alternative fuels significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Sustainable transportation choices contribute to cleaner air and a healthier environment for both patients and communities. Collaborating with logistics providers that prioritize sustainable transportation practices can further enhance these efforts. MedSpeed, provider of same-day transportation services to the healthcare industry, recently announced its new electric vehicle initiative, “25 by 25.” The company has committed to convert 25% of its current eligible fleet to electric vehicles by the end of 2025.
Energy- Efficient Practices
Implementing energy-efficient practices within warehouses, such as utilizing LED lighting, solar power, and advanced HVAC systems, minimizes energy consumption. These measures reduce operational costs while supporting sustainable logistics operations and ensure that storage facilities have minimal environmental impact.
McKesson Corporation distributes pharmaceuticals and provides healthcare technology and medical supplies. The company delivers a third of North America’s drugs and has made improving sustainability a top goal. One strategy is to increase the use of LEDs, which use less electricity. Since 2020 in the US, McKesson has reduced electricity usage by 23% across 30 locations. The company has also earned LEED energy efficiency certifications for buildings across the country.
Choosing eco-friendly packaging materials and right-sized packaging reduces waste generation and minimizes the use of resources. Sustainable packaging options not only benefit the environment but also contribute to cost savings. Due to strict government regulations and a shift in consumer preferences toward recyclable and eco-friendly packaging materials, the sustainable pharmaceutical packaging business has been expanding.
The global sustainable pharmaceutical packaging market was valued at $71.1 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach $190.2 billion by 2030, according to a recent report from Vantage Market Research. The North American region is expected to see the fastest growth in the sustainable pharmaceutical packaging market. The reusable category controls most of the sustainable pharmaceutical packaging market’s revenue. Reusable packaging or containers are made to be used repeatedly without losing their protective properties.
Sustainable practices in healthcare logistics are not only a responsible choice but also a powerful tool for improving patient care, reducing costs, and safeguarding the planet. By embracing these strategies, healthcare companies can inspire industry-wide transformation towards a more sustainable future.
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