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Environment

As a science-based healthcare company, addressing our environmental impact is fundamental to our purpose.

In November 2020, we announced ambitious new environmental sustainability goals. By 2030, we aim to have a net zero impact on climate and a net positive impact on nature. 

Over the next decade, we will invest in measures to reduce our environmental impact and in restoration projects to balance the remaining impact that we cannot reduce and aim to put back into nature more than we take out.

In order to achieve these goals, we have set a number of specific targets across our direct operations, supply chains and portfolio. We intend to achieve most of these targets by 2030, but where we can accelerate timelines we have committed to an earlier date. 

Our new environmental sustainability targets 

Climate action

Net zero impact on climate by 2030 

Biopharma 

  • Net zero emissions across all operations by 2030 (scope 1 and 2(1))
  • 100% renewable electricity by 2025 (scope 2)
  • Net zero emissions across our full value chain by 2030 (scope 3)

Consumer Healthcare 

  • Net zero emissions across all operations by 2030 (scope 1 and 2)
  • 100% renewable electricity by 2025 (scope 2)
  • Net zero emissions for select brands/formats by 2030 (scope 3) 

Nature action

Positive impact on nature by 2030 

Biopharma 

  • 100% sites to achieve good water stewardship by 2025 and reduce overall water use by 20% by 2030
  • Water neutral in operations and key suppliers in water stressed regions by 2030
  • Zero impact active pharmaceutical ingredient levels(2)for all sites and key suppliers by 2030 
  • Zero operational waste, including eliminating single use plastics(3), by 2030
  • 25% environmental impact reduction for our products and packaging by 2030
  • 10% waste reduction from supply chain by 2030
  • Positive impact on biodiversity at all sites(4)by 2030 
  • 100% materials sustainably sourced and deforestation free by 2030

Consumer Healthcare 

  • 100% sites to achieve good water stewardship by 2025 and reduce overall water use by 20% by 2030
  • Reduce water use in high water stressed locations by 30% by 2030
  • 90% operational waste reused, recycled, downcycled or incinerated with heat recovery by 2030
  • 100% product packaging recyclable or reusable, including eliminating all problematic and unnecessary plastics, where quality and safety permits by 2025 (5)
  • 100% materials sustainably sourced and deforestation free by 2030 
  1. Explanation of emissions scopes:
    • Scope 1 – direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, e.g. from fuel burning or factory emissions.
    • Scope 2 – indirect GHG emissions from purchased electricity, heat or steam
    • Scope 3 – other indirect emissions, e.g. from supply chain or outsourced activities
  2. Below the predicted no-effect level
  3. Where regulatory obligations allow, and excluding plastics which are critical to product discovery and development and health & safety
  4. GSK-owned sites
  5. Where quality and safety permit and subject to regulatory compliance 
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To find out more about our specific environmental actions please see our Global environment initiatives: