Downstream to customers and users
Philips’ proactive program of Scope 3 emissions reduction is not confined to the company’s upstream supply chain activities. The company also addresses emissions in its downstream distribution system, customer base, and beyond, including emissions reductions associated with the use and end-of-life management of its products and solutions.
In the design of new products, Philips applies its EcoDesign principles to address energy consumption and materials use, avoids the use of hazardous substances, designs for end-of-life circularity, and makes product packaging easier to recycle and re-use. The company’s unique BlueSeal helium-free in operations MRI scanners, for example, massively reduce the need for helium gas produced as a byproduct of fossil fuel extraction, while its MR PowerSave and SmartSpeed technology can reduce a system’s power consumption by up to 46% between scans and up to 53% during scans.
Another example is the embedding of circular practices throughout Philips’ operations, via materials and circular packaging initiatives that see boxes and materials constantly being circulated between its suppliers, warehouses, and the Philips shop floor, resulting in substantial cost savings and significantly reducing single-use packaging and waste. Philips also increasingly offers a trade-in on all its professional medical equipment so it can be responsibly repurposed or recycled when customers have finished with it, in line with its ambitious circular economy target to offer a trade-in on all professional medical equipment, and taking care of responsible end-of-use management by 2025.