Pfizer triumphs at environmental awards

Pfizer has been recognised as a leader in environmental excellence at the recent Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) awards.

Twelve companies received recognition for their outstanding achievements at the BCE Environmental Leadership Awards in London in July, but it was Pfizer that successfully scooped the Management Premier Award.

The award was given for Pfizer’s Green Chemistry Programme, which is helping to reduce and eliminate the use of hazardous materials in the development and manufacture of pharmaceutical products.

Pfizer has established a management system for the integration of the principles of green chemistry into key stages of the R&D timeline and the result has been a significant reduction in the use of specific laboratory solvents and downstream improvements to pharmaceutical products in development and production.

Lorraine Murtagh, Head of Green Chemistry at Pfizer, Sandwich, said: “It’s great to be recognised for the work we’ve done to improve our environmental performance; and specifically the commitment of our scientists advancing our Green Chemistry processes, who’ve worked really hard to enable Pfizer to be acknowledged in this way as a leader of environmental excellence.”

Founded by Sir Peter Parker in 1975, the BCE Awards scheme is one of the world’s longest running environmental award schemes. It celebrates businesses that the BCE independent judging panel recognises as meeting the commercial demands of the present, without compromising the environment for future generations.

Congratulating the winners, Richard Lambert, Director-General of the CBI, said: “Today’s winners are true low-carbon leaders. They have made great strides in curbing their emissions and developing some remarkable low-carbon products and services. It will be their commitment and innovation that will get us on the road to a low-carbon economy.”