FN:s initiativ gällande grön upphandling inom hälso- och sjukvårdsområdet

SWEDISH SUMMARY: Jag har idag haft nöjet att presentera LIF:s (de forskande läkemedelsföretagen) förslag till miljöbedömningsmodell av läkemedel för styrgruppen för FN:s initiativ gällande grön upphandling inom hälso- och sjukvårdsområdet. Miljöbedömningsmodellen är, som ni säkert vet om ni läst mina tidigare blogginlägg (exempelvis från 20 juni, 2013) utvecklad i samverkan med svenska intressenter och industrins internationella experter som en del av Nationella läkemedelsstrategins uppdrag 7.2.

UN City entrance

UN City entrance

I have today visited the UN City in Copenhagen. The UN City is a fascinating, LEED-certified, building complex in Copenhagen. Roughly 1500 people, from various UN-related institutions work in UN City. The purpose of my visit was to meet with the steering committee of UN’s initiative on green procurement in the health sector.

The meeting room of today

The meeting room of today

I had been invited by Volker Welter at UNDP to make a presentation on LIF’s (the association of the research-based pharmaceutical industry in Sweden) proposal on an environmental assessment model for pharmaceutical products. The model, as you may very well know if you have read my blog posts previously (e.g. from June 20, 2013) has been developed by LIF in collaboration with Swedish stakeholders and global industry experts as part of task 7.2 in the Swedish National Pharmaceutical Strategy.

I see it as a great privilege to be allowed to listen to and participate in discussions with the steering team on such a great undertaking by UN. We had good discussion regarding the proposal for an environmental assessment model allowing for differentiation of “green” and “non-green” pharmaceuticals. The model include the environmental aspects of

- Effective Management of API residue from the manufacturing process
- Materiality Analysis, Carbon Footprint and other Environmental Resource Measures

I am looking forward to further discussions with Volker and other parties of the initiative. We identified several areas of common interest.

I was also very happy to listen to two other invited guests on the steering team meeting. Professor Walter Stahel (Geneva Association) and professor Jonathan Scott (Center for Industrial Productivity and Sustainability) talked upon “Economic advantages and a business case for green procurement based upon a circular economy” and “Efficient resource usage and waste reduction” respectively. I recommend you to get hold of some material from these guys – interesting and good programs! Why don’t you start here.

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