SkyCell announces sustainability report, commit for greener pharma supply chain

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Switzerland based SkyCell, global pharma supply chain releases its first Sustainability Report. As part of their commitment towards a more sustainable future, the company’s mission is to be carbon neutral by 2040 and lead the way to a more sustainable pharma supply chain. The sustainability report is dedicated to the sustainability of our global operations and our initiatives for the planet and our stakeholders.  

Since the company’s creation in 2012, SkyCell has held Environmental, Sustainability and Governance (ESG) at the core of its operations. To help combat climate change, SkyCell has committed in 2021, to the Paris Climate Agreement, in addition to having our emission targets approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative. 

These include running solely on renewable energies by the end of 2021 and reducing direct emissions from SkyCell’s operations, and indirect ones related to the energy used for the company’s activities, by 50 percent by 2030. SkyCell’s ultimate goal is to achieve full carbon neutrality by 2040, with minimal use of carbon certificates.* To further help the company reach its ambitious goal, SkyCell is exploring technological innovation through various partnerships such as with Swiss start-up, Airborn Fuels, to produce jet fuel out of CO2 and renewable energy.

To tackle unavoidable emissions - such as those produced during the manufacturing of SkyCell products - SkyCell has acquired carbon dioxide removal and carbon offset certificates from Climeworks and the United Nations’ REDD+ forest protection and reforestation projects in Indonesia, Peru, and Brazil.

SkyCell also embraces the circular economy, meaning its products are 100 percent owned by them and leased, not sold, to clients, which minimises resource depletion and ensures no landfill is created as a result of SkyCell’s operations. To minimise waste and energy consumption further, SkyCell uses more than 90 percent recyclable materials and repairs containers to ensure their longevity, rather than throwing old ones away in favour of building new ones. For the parts that can’t be reused or repaired, the aim is to recycle 90 percent of their total weight. The rest will go to high-quality and strictly-regulated Swiss waste incineration plants, which produce heat and electricity for the Swiss energy system.

As members of the HOPE Consortium, a collective of related industry partners committed to working together to distribute vaccines globally, SkyCell is committed to facilitating the whole cold chain process so that those in need of vital life-saving medicines and vaccines receive them on time and in pristine condition.

Nico Ros, CTO and co-founder of SkyCell, said, “The past year has challenged us, and the planet, in ways that we never thought possible. As we move decisively into a post-COVID world, we must not forget the duties that we have to safeguarding our planet from the devastating effects of climate change. People and corporations must now decide how they can contribute to preventing the worst man-made disasters. The planet and society are the key to our vision at SkyCell. At the end of our supply chain, there is always a human being who depends not only on a safe delivery of medicine, but also on a sustainable one. This report is an ideal companion in understanding how SkyCell is helping to secure a greener future for us all.”  

Watch Nico Ros talk about the sustainability report in detail during a recent online interview for News Exclusive.  

Richard Ettl, CEO and co-founder at Skycell, “Safeguarding our planet from the detrimental impact of climate change is not only important to me as a father, but I see it as the duty of any successful business."

This report comes at a time when action today is a necessity, within the industry and across the world. We are in conversations with the business partners and suppliers within the pharma supply to ensure we are all operating with a sustainable future in mind. 

In an effort to help #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day, businesses around the world must endeavour to lower their company's footprint - which SkyCell is aiming to achieve throughout the supply chain with a multitude of targets outlined in our report. 

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