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Reducing our footprint

Climate change is one of the most critical challenges of our time. We believe meaningful action is the path to a healthier environment and sustainable business growth. That is why we are reducing the emissions generated by our products and processes, improving our energy efficiency and purchasing more electricity from renewable sources.

Tackling climate change

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing our world in the 21st century. We aim to make a positive difference because we believe climate protection and energy efficiency will deliver many long-term benefits – for our planet and our company. That is why we have committed to becoming climate neutral by 2040 and are developing a range of ambitious sustainability projects.

We collaborate with site operations across the world to make sustainability improvements – an essential driver to become climate neutral by 2040.

Niko Kotsaftis, Life Science, USA

Celebrating every success

It takes many small achievements to drive collective success. That is why we proudly celebrate every new measure and innovation our teams develop to reduce our environmental footprint.

From single to bulk

49 %

decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by shifting to bulk packaging for high-volume clients.

Rethinking small product shipments

65 metric tons

of packaging saved in our Life Science business by reducing the air space and materials associated with shipping small products.

Rethinking Healthcare product packaging

-40 %

packaging material for fertility pens saves around 180 metric tons of plastic waste each year.

Rethinking cosmetics packaging

-37 %

material needed for new lightweight tubes we created together with five other companies.

Intrinsically innovative

For more than 350 years, we have been pursuing innovation. Today, we develop and transport hundreds of thousands of products to customers all over the world. It is our goal and responsibility to minimize our environmental impact, which is why we strive to enhance every aspect of our products, including their packaging.

Waste reduction is a key aspect of our climate action efforts. We are committed to lowering our Waste Score, such as by reducing waste in our production processes and increasing the amount of material we recycle.

Volker Koch, Environment, Health & Safety, Germany

Greener cold chains

Our Greener Cooler significantly reduces expanded polystyrene (EPS) waste and the associated greenhouse gas emissions for our customers. It meets the need for greener solutions as well as our customers’ rising environmental awareness and increasing regulatory pressure to meet new sustainability standards. It is one of the new solutions we are developing to make our cold chain distribution as sustainable as possible.

Our collaborations along the value chain offer our customers more sustainable solutions. Our Greener Coolers are one way we make packaging more sustainable.

Dustin Andre, Life Science, USA

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Powering with renewable energy

In 2021, we signed our first virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with a green energy supplier. The VPPA guarantees that clean energy generated by wind farms meets 100% of our U.S. Life Science electricity consumption. This matches 65% of our total electricity consumption in the United States.

Our VPPA corresponds to the output of around 14 wind turbines. It’s a great initiative that sets the stage for our approach to expanding renewable energies.

Bob Hoffman, Procurement, USA


Green building

In 2025, the Translational Science Center (TSC) at our global headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, will open its doors to more than 500 scientists. This “green building” will generate energy for its own use and make excess capacity available to other consumers. The landmark project is part of our ambition to reduce our environmental footprint and become climate-neutral by 2040.

The TSC impressively demonstrates sustainable design and economic viability aren’t mutually exclusive.

Baldur Steimle, Site Management Darmstadt, Germany

Contribution to our strategic goal 3

Our sustainability strategy aims to reduce our environmental footprint and achieve climate neutrality by 2040.

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Contribution to SDG 13

By 2023, we aim to reduce emissions across the entire value chain by 52%.

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