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We don’t have a single solution to sustainability. We have many. Find out more
We don’t have a single solution to sustainability. We have many. Find out more
At Chiesi, we believe our words don’t matter – our actions do. Our strong beliefs define our projects and the way we do business. We strive to consider every aspect of the long-term future of respiratory care for both patients and the planet, on a large and small scale.
Partnering with Manchester-based SMEs

With the support of Innovate UK, we have recently partnered with two SMEs in Greater Manchester, Dsposal and Reply, to help research ways of minimising and eliminating the use of plastic in pMDIs.1

The project won funding from the ‘Designing sustainable plastic solutions’ competition run by Innovate UK and primarily aims to redesign the plastic ‘actuator’ of the pMDI to make it more environmentally friendly. We believe being part of this research is a critical step to reduce the environmental impact of inhalers and aligns with our broader commitment of using our business as a force for good.1

Take AIR (Action for Inhaler Recycling) postal recycling pilot scheme

We want to help people who use inhalers to recycle them as easily and safely as possible. As a result, we have developed and funded the Take AIR scheme, which is currently being piloted in the Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland area.2

Take AIR is the first and only scheme to allow people to dispose of and recycle their empty, unwanted or out-of-date inhalers through the post – supporting a more sustainable way of living for people with respiratory illnesses. Pre-paid, pre-addressed, Take AIR envelopes are available for patients to obtain from their local pharmacy, enabling patients to post up to four inhalers through any Royal Mail letterbox.2

Through the Take AIR scheme:2


  • Aluminium canisters are recycled and reused
  • Plastic components are recycled and put back into the plastic supply chain
  • Any remaining propellant gas is extracted and reused in items such as fridges and air conditioning units
  • Non-recyclable materials are converted into energy through a process called ‘energy-from-waste’
Becoming carbon neutral

As the largest B Corp® certified pharmaceutical company, we are serious about behaviour change. We consider our sustainability journey as an ongoing process and we are always improving and setting tougher goals.3

Our carbon reduction targets have been approved by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi)4 and are in line with the most ambitious aim of the Paris Agreement, to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.5

To become carbon neutral by 2035, we aim to:3

  • Reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions generated and the emissions associated with the purchase of electricity and heat by 50% by 2030, compared to 2019
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions per unit of inhaled products sold by 80% by 2030, compared to 2019
  • Reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions from the use of sold products by 90% by 2035, compared to 2019


We also commit to report with 100% transparency on our environmental impact and progress every year.3

Find out more about our commitment to achieve carbon neutrality here

Our approach to sustainability may surprise you.

SME: Small or medium-sized enterprise; pMDI: Pressurised metered dose inhaler.


  1. Business Manchester. Women led research team backed by Innovate UK to improve sustainability of inhalers. Available at: https://businessmanchester.co.uk/2021/03/04/women-led-research-team-backed-by-innovate-uk-to-improve-sustainability-of-inhalers/.
  2. PharmiWeb. Chiesi launches the first of its kind postal-based inhaler recycling scheme in the Leicestershire area. Available at: https://www.pharmiweb.com/press-release/2021-02-11/chiesi-launches-the-first-of-its-kind-postal-based-inhaler-recycling-scheme-in-the-leicestershire-area.
  3. Chiesi. Action over words. Available at: https://www.actionoverwords.org.
  4. Science-based Targets. How it works. Available at: https://www.sciencebasedtargets.org/how-it-works.
  5. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Paris Agreement. Available at: https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/the-paris-agreement.

Adverse events should be reported. Reporting forms and information can be found at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. Adverse events should also be reported to Chiesi Limited on 0800 0092329 (UK) or PV.UK@Chiesi.com.