Delivering on EcoVision sustainability commitments
The increasing population and rising levels of human development worldwide pose a number of challenges, such as scarcity of natural resources, pollution, and stressed health care systems. Philips Healthcare continues to help increase the number of lives improved annually around the globe by developing solutions that improve access to care, while at the same time respecting the boundaries of natural resources. In 2013 we introduced 13 new Green Products to support energy efficiency, materials reduction and other sustainability goals. We are also actively collaborating with care providers to look for innovative ways to reduce the environmental impact of health care, for example by improving the energy efficiency of medical equipment.
Green Products offer a significant environmental improvement in one or more Green Focal Areas: Energy efficiency, Packaging, Hazardous substances, Weight, Recycling and disposal and Lifetime reliability. The life cycle approach is used to determine a product’s overall environmental improvement. It calculates the environmental impact of a product over its total life cycle (raw materials, manufacturing, product use and disposal).
Green Products need to prove leadership in at least one Green Focal Area compared to industry standards, which is defined by a sector specific peer group. This is done either by outperforming reference products (which can be a competitor or predecessor product in the particular product family) by at least 10%, outperforming product specific eco-requirements or by being awarded with a recognized eco-performance label. Because of different product portfolios, sectors have specified additional criteria for Green Products, including product specific minimum requirements where relevant.