The new Pharma Belgium distribution centre in Eppegem.
The new Pharma Belgium distribution centre in Eppegem.

Energy Efficiency

From lighting and heating our buildings and vehicle management through to business trips, our business has an impact on the environment in many ways. This is why we constantly strive to improve our environmental and energy management. We aim to achieve more with fewer resources in the future.

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Group-wide activity

Enlightening measures to reduce CO2 emissions in warehouses and pharmacies

  • In operations, we mainly use energy for lighting
  • By retrofitting warehouses and pharmacies with LED lighting, energy consumption for lighting will be reduced by up to 40%
  • That way, McKesson Europe will save approximately 5,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year

As a leading international wholesale and retail company, McKesson Europe operates 118 wholesale branches across Europe, supplies more than 58,000 pharmacies and hospitals every day and owns about 2,000 pharmacies. In all of our buildings, whether our own or long-term rentals, energy management is a key factor in fighting climate change.

Focus on high impact

In operations, energy is mostly used for lighting: in our warehouses it accounts for up to 40% of the electricity consumption; in our pharmacies approximately 55-70% of the electricity usage is for lighting purposes. Therefore, increasing the efficiency of our lighting systems and thus reducing climate-damaging CO2 emissions has a significant impact on our carbon footprint.

LED lighting in warehouses

Currently many of McKesson Europe’s warehouses have conventional lighting, such as fluorescent tubes and discharge lighting. Compared to more modern technologies, these consume a lot of energy. Therefore, McKesson Europe has decided to upgrade all warehouses that still use energy intensive lighting with LED systems.

In doing so, McKesson Europe plans to reduce its energy consumption for lighting by approx. 40% and save over 3,300 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. The carbon reduction has the same positive impact on the climate as planting 3.3 million m2 of trees – the equivalent of 468 football fields.

LED lighting in pharmacies

The European Pharmacy Network (EPN) represents McKesson Europe’s brand strategy for a standardised pan-European pharmacy market. Pharmacies branded with “Lloyds” share the same future-oriented approach, while providing customers with a fresh, bright and relaxed environment in which to seek help and advice. Consequently, the type of lighting plays an important role in the design of our “Lloyds” branded pharmacies – not only with regard to design and functionality, but also energy consumption and cost.

Therefore, McKesson Europe decided to retrofit the lighting systems in over 350 “Lloyds” stores with LED units and associated controls.  At the same time inefficient heating was replaced with more efficient units, complete with timer controls and/or presence detectors. The overall objective is to reduce electricity consumption, and thereby CO2 emissions, by an average of 30% per pharmacy. A pilot project consisting of 50 stores has already been re-fitted with LED lighting and is on target to save electricity equating to 200 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

By the end of 2017, over 300 more stores will have been upgraded. This will result in additional savings of 1,400 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. This carbon reduction has the same positive impact on the climate as planting 1.6 million m2 of trees – the equivalent of 228 football fields.

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Activity France

Increasing efficiency to reduce CO2 emissions in France

  • OCP is striving for a 12% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the next three years
  • 71% of OCP’s CO2 emissions can be attributed to deliveries of medication
  • In addition to a low-emission vehicle fleet, the driving style of the vehicle operators also offers considerable saving potential

OCP, the French subsidiary of McKesson Europe, is forecasting a 12% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the next three years. This equates to an emissions savings target of 22,300 tonnes of CO2 in 2017 and a decrease of 2,750 tonnes of CO2 in the three subsequent years.

Deliveries are ecological challenges

71% of OCP’s CO2 emissions can be attributed to deliveries of medication.  OCP’s strategy focuses on optimising the fleet, the choice of fuel, monitoring mileage and fuel consumption, and making drivers aware of environmentally friendly driving habits.

Making smart fleet choices

OCP’s fleet comprises 641 delivery vehicles and 150 company cars. The entire fleet is covered by long-term lease agreements that regularly provide the latest models with excellent environmental characteristics. Models with low CO2 emissions and fuel consumption are already at the top of the list when it comes to choosing vehicles, whether they are to be used for deliveries or as company cars.

Promoting eco-driving

While the choice of vehicles is important, delivery drivers also play a key role in reducing fuel consumption and COemissions. That’s why OCP launched an eco-driving training programme in 2013. The training sessions focus on driving practices that minimise fuel consumption, while increasing drivers’ safety and reducing the rate of accidents. Sales representatives are also set to receive eco-driving training in the future.

Optimising transport routes

To optimise delivery routes and the load of delivery vehicles, a programme to combine trips and lower OCP’s total annual mileage has been in place since 2006. In 2015, the company thus reduced the total mileage (nearly 31 million miles) by 399,170 miles in comparison with the previous year.