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Activate program launched to accelerate decarbonization in active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) supply chains

Activate program launched to accelerate decarbonization in active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) supply chains

Global pharmaceutical companies are working with active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) supply chains to enable environmental impact reduction of the healthcare sector through the Activate program.

LONDON, UK – 9th November 2022

Global pharmaceutical companies are working with active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) supply chains to enable environmental impact reduction of the healthcare sector through the Activate program.

Activate will support the decarbonization of a key segment of the pharmaceutical value chain through measurement, provision of practical tools, expert advice, and access to green financing.


Manufacture 2030 (M2030), the leading supply chain decarbonization platform, today announced Activate – an innovative new program to help reduce environmental impacts associated with the pharmaceutical industry’s value chain.

Activate launches as part of this years United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP27) and was initially co-developed with GSK, who identified the opportunity for cross-industry collaboration on this major source of impact. The program brings together AstraZeneca, Bristol Myers Squibb, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer as founding members, to engage with a global network of API suppliers.

APIs, a key constituent in medicines and vaccines that produce the intended health effects, can be resource intensive to manufacture due to material use, energy intensive processes and waste recovery.

With high levels of interconnectivity across the industry’s supply chains, there is a substantial opportunity to drive positive impact through collaboration across the sector.

M2030 will independently facilitate the program, maintaining confidentiality, convening pharmaceutical companies, and leading on supplier engagement by using its innovative carbon reduction software, climate action managers and its extensive network of expert partners including Edison Energy, Ricardo and RENEW Energy Partners.

Activate is committed to going beyond data collection and working closely with API suppliers to strengthen relationships, align with science-based decarbonization targets, drive more sustainable procurement, and identify opportunities for operational and resource efficiency.

Beginning in May 2023, Activate's immediate focus will include onboarding API suppliers, capturing footprint data, establishing a reference point baseline, and tackling the most prominent areas of environmental impact. This will be funded by Activate through contributions from the founding member companies, allowing the first 200 API supplier sites that join to have their membership fees fully sponsored.

The second phase of Activate is intended to launch in spring 2024 and will see M2030 bring participants together to explore solutions to more complex challenges. These could include support for building product carbon footprints (PCFs) at scale; deploying new tools and technologies collaboratively; and promoting access to green finance for decarbonization projects via independent financial partners.

Participating pharmaceutical companies will gain access to projections of the decarbonization pathway for API suppliers. This increased visibility can aid climate risk assessment and empower supply chain owners to support suppliers in meeting their climate targets.

Martin Chilcott, Chairman and CEO at Manufacture 2030, said: “We are delighted to be launching Activate at COP27. Collaborations between companies and their suppliers provide the opportunity to identify shared challenges and unlock major barriers to progress. With easier access to the knowledge, expertise and support they need to drive measurable climate action, API suppliers can play a key part in solving the greatest challenge of our time.”

Glynn Roberts, Senior Partner at Carnstone, commented: “The pharmaceutical industry has a solid track record of working together to tackle environmental challenges. We are proud to have brought the industry together through initiatives such as the Pharmaceutical Environment Group, and welcome Activate as exactly the type of action-based, collaborative program that is needed to identify and accelerate the decarbonization of known areas of high carbon impact in the pharma value chain.”

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Notes to editors

Media contact

For Manufacture 2030

Stuart Whinney
Chief Commercial Officer
Manufacture 2030
Email: stuartwhinney@manufacture2030.com
Telephone: +44 (0)7771 627972

About Manufacture 2030
Manufacture 2030 provides global brands, corporations and their small and medium-sized suppliers with the data, tools and support they need to be certain they can hit their GHG emissions reduction targets. Our unique software platform and support services help measure, manage, and reduce emissions across global supply chains. Our clients include leading brands like: Reckitt, Bayer, GSK, and Toyota. In 2022, we were selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers", whose use of technology and innovation are poised to have a significant impact on business and society. For more information, please visit manufacture2030.com

About Carnstone
Carnstone is a specialised management consultancy working globally at the intersection of sustainability and business strategy. Rooted in sound technical and commercial understanding, we provide advice and support to large companies, international organisations, and NGOs from offices in London and Shanghai. We believe collaboration is one of the most effective ways to tackle complex sustainability issues, and a significant part of our work consists of bringing companies together, including in the pharmaceutical, chemical, media and publishing sectors. For more information, please visit carnstone.com

About Edison Energy
A wholly owned subsidiary of Edison International (NYSE: EIX), Edison Energy LLC (DBA in Europe as Altenex Energy) is a global energy advisory firm that helps large corporate, industrial, and institutional clients better navigate the choices, opportunities, and risks that will emerge from the transition to a net-zero future. Edison enables organizations to deliver on their strategic, financial, and sustainability goals by addressing today’s key energy challenges: carbon, cost, complexity, and creating energy equity across communities. For more information, please visit edisonenergy.com

About Ricardo
Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world. For more information, please visit ricardo.com

About RENEW Energy Partners  
RENEW Energy Partners is a decarbonization firm that provides turnkey solutions for funding, installing, and managing energy-efficiency and on-site clean energy projects. The company helps building owners meet regulatory and consumer demands to reduce their carbon footprint, while saving money and making their buildings cleaner and more resilient. Upgrades and retrofits are funded by future savings. For more information, visit renewep.com