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Carbon Footprints Ė Will this involve Pharmacy?

Neil Johnston
Management Consultant Perspective

Issue 75: September 2008
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We are hearing a lot about “carbon credits”, “food miles”, “carbon footprints”, “climate change” and sustainability and other “eco” terminology and globally we are setting in train a series of events that will impact on every individual.
Skeptics maintain we are just going through a normal cycle of global warming, but science is tipping our direction towards a reduction in carbon emissions as being the only way to sustain the world into the future for coming generations.
In Australia, this is embodied in the Garnaut Report that was part-released on July 4 2008.
Obviously this will impact on Pharmacy, but the how, when, where and why are still the big questions.

Never let it be said that i2P is not up with current events and engaging in future strategy and ideas to ensure that pharmacists are seen to be making a positive contribution.
Con Berbatis in the August edition of i2P gave a report on the likely impact for some areas of human health and mortality, and this is a start as we begin to examine what medicines, pharmacy expertise and patient information will be required to combat health problems impacted by global warming.
Con will be finishing the second part of his report after the release of information by Treasury after August 31.
Concurrently, the Garnaut team will be developing some economic modelling in an endeavour to put a market price on carbon that will further pave the way for some form of carbon trading in a stock exchange environment.
The final Garnaut report is scheduled for release in September.

A clear national direction will take a little time to evolve, but in the meantime smart businesses are modelling innovations that will provide a better and more sustainable way of conducting business.

Carbon emission trading will provide a range of new opportunities in that some businesses will be able to:

* Generate “carbon credits” that can be sold to other businesses as a result of their own effective carbon strategies.

* Deliver cleaner and greener products to consumers.

* Innovators will be able to capitalise on their emerging technological developments.

Garnaut’s model for the auctioning of permits allows for the proceeeds to be applied as follows:

* 50 percent to households to ease the transition with a focus on low income households.

* 30 percent to go to business to mitigate adjustment costs and assist with structural reform including “trade exposed” businesses.

* 20 percent to be applied to ongoing research, development and commercialisation of low emission technologies.

It will not be too far down the track when pharmacy inventories will be restructured, each item of stock according to its "carbon footprint".

Who is going to represent pharmacy in the negotiation for cost adjustment and structural reform?
Is the PGA the logical organisation for this, or is it too involved in its own internal problems, that seem to be expanding exponentially and deflecting it from its proper purpose.
Ideally, this should be a job for a new pharmacy “Peak Organisation” representing all of pharmacy activities, including the supply chain, which is envisaged to have the potential to generate the majority of carbon credits within the pharmacy system.

Some i2P writers have been busily engaged in their own research involving pharmacy structural design and sustainable practices.
They earlier grasped that sustainability is an incredibly fast-moving issue and have been quietly engaged in identifying materials that are manufactured with minimal use of water and energy, and that in turn can conserve energy when applied to a pharmacy infrastructure in the form of shop fittings, furniture, and plant and equipment.
Pharmacies need to engage a strategy to take sustainability to account whether there is involvement in building new structures or environments or simply maintaining existing structures.
The good news is that sustainability practices open up new opportunities and are profitable, because they involve a new vision, an increase in productivity and efficiency, minimising wastage and focusing on innovation, so it is not only possible to adapt to change in an organised fashion, but to benefit from it.
It is a complete re-invention of your entire business – a makeover that has many positives.
Strategy to achieve sustainability needs to be holistic covering organisational strategy in parallel with all environmental, social and economic factors.

The food retailers are off to a running start and have set up the FMCG Sustainability Institute, a joint venture between the organisations Ecosteps and Shopportunity, and the food magazine Retail World is sponsoring and promoting this venture.
It is offering membership, and presumably will accept pharmacists.
(goto http://www.fmcg-sustain.com.au/about-fsi/membership-join/ )

The FMCG Sustainability Institute will launch its membership program in 2009.

FSI membership will offer:

  * Discounts for FSI industry training programs
  * Discounts for FSI industry events
  * Members only FMCG Sustainability information

Check back to the website early in 2009 for more detail.

An electronic newsletter is also on offer and this will probably provide primary information based on the food industry that can be adpated to pharmacy until pharmacy gets its official act together and provides tailored information.
The PSA could also look forward to being involved in developing suitable educational programs for pharmacists.

The definition of sustainability offered by the FMCG Institute is:
“Organising and running the business based on a set of principles, approaches and tools that focus the business on doing well economically, environmentally and socially.”

It’s only early days but everyone needs to come up to speed.
It is also recommended that readers look out for Part 2 of the Con Berbatis Report, and for those who missed out Part 1 in the August edition, it is suggested you go to this link: (http://archive.i2p.com.au/?page=site/article&id=1056)

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