In February 2010, we announced our EcoVision5 program, which includes three sustainability leadership key performance indicators where we bring our competencies to bear, namely ‘care’, ‘energy efficiency’ and ‘materials’.
Bringing care to people
Bringing care to people is a parameter that is based on the products that have a direct relation with health, expressed as the number of people per year that benefit from those products (‘lives touched’). Examples of product categories involved are all healthcare products, water and air purification, oral healthcare, and light therapy. In 2010, we touched over 420 million lives, mainly through our Healthcare sector. Further details on this parameter and the methodology can be found in the document ‘Bringing care to people’.
Energy Efficiency of Philips products
In order to calculate the energy efficiency of our products, we include in our methodology the energy-consuming product categories of all three sectors. The annual energy consumption per product category is calculated by multiplying the power consumption of a product with the average annual operating hours and the annual pieces sold and then dividing the outcome by the annual sales. The average energy efficiency of our total product portfolio improved by 4% in 2010. Further details on this parameter and the methodology can be found in the document ‘Energy efficiency of Philips products’.
Closing the materials loop
In 2010 we determined the 2009 baseline for global collection and recycling amounts at around 100,000 tons, based on the data retrieved from the WEEE collection schemes and from our own recycling and refurbishment services (mainly Healthcare). Further details on this parameter and the methodology can be found in the document ‘Collection and recycling’.
We also determined the 2009 baseline for recycled materials in our products at 7,500 tons, by focusing on the material streams such as plastics, certain metals and refurbished products, depending on the relevance in each sector. Further details on this parameter and the methodology can be found in the document ‘Recycled materials’.
More information on EcoVision5 can be found at www.philips.com/sustainability.