Health was for the first time on the official agenda of the COP28 with a dedicated Health Day with 143 countries signing a declaration on climate and health. Sanofi, with a delegation led by CEO Paul Hudson, held discussions with health ministers, healthcare actors and NGOs willing to engage in low-carbon and climate resilient healthcare systems. Sanofi showcased its commitments on climate change and health, going beyond its own operations and Foundation S stressed the importance of channeling philanthropic funds to help vulnerable populations adapt to climate change.
As a company committed to fight climate change and its impact on health, Sanofi has taken the lead of the Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) - Patient Care Pathways Working Group. In this context, Sanofi is working to decarbonize the delivery of healthcare that accounts for 45% of global healthcare systems emissions by:
- Re-thinking the delivery of care, creating healthcare systems that are low carbon, resilient and more equitable, and that detect disease early and provide access to high-quality therapies using the latest innovations. For example, by implementing an all-infant immunization policy, the emission of the current management of RSV infections in some countries could be reduced up to 68%.
- Advancing transparency in how we collectively contribute to actioning real change that improves health outcomes. For example, by setting up a standardized, data-driven Life Cycle Assessment framework (LCA) to measure the environmental footprint of Sanofi’s products – from manufacturing and supply chain to the end-life of the product.
Sanofi’s strategy to contribute to the fight against climate change and its impact on people’s health is grounded in two focus areas:
- Reducing the impact of its activities and products on the environment: between 2019 and 2023 we reduced our scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 38%, achieving top tier internationally recognized scores in the mitigation of climate change impact. Sanofi is implementing an action plan to arrive at net zero emissions by 2045.
- Bringing innovative, science-based solutions to tackle new or existing diseases exacerbated by climate change, especially in heavily affected areas such as respiratory diseases, allergies, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or infectious diseases.