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 2014, Green Product sales in Healthcare amounted to EUR 3.5 billion and we introduced seven 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. Another example is the launch of a new imaging systems refurbishment facility in Best, the Netherlands, in support of the transition to a circular economy in Healthcare.

Philips was presented with the 2014 “Champion for Change” Award by Practice Greenhealth. The award honors businesses who have not only taken steps to improve their organization’s green practices, but have also gone the extra mile to help their clients and associates expand their sustainable practices as well.

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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.

A circular economy aims to decouple economic growth from the use of natural resources and ecosystems by using those resources more effectively. By definition it is a driver for innovation in the areas of material-, component- and product reuse, as well as new business models such as solutions and services. In a Circular Economy, the more effective use of materials enables to create more value, both by cost savings and by developing new markets or growing existing ones.