Climate protection and resource scarcity are key challenges facing society in the 21st century. For us, taking responsibility is an integral part of our culture. Backed by our certified environmental management system, we work to minimize our emissions and waste while also utilizing resources such as energy, water and raw materials as efficiently as possible.
In 2009, we launched a comprehensive climate impact mitigation program called EDISON. We've set the goal of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020, relative to the 2006 baseline. Worldwide, 20 Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, sites jointly account for 80% of our greenhouse gas emissions, so EDISON is focusing on these sites in particular. Since 2012, we've initiated or implemented more than 400 measures Group-wide, roughly 60% of the projects planned under EDISON. Through these efforts, we're aiming to cut CO2 emissions by about 90,000 metric tons per year in the medium term.
Under the Carbon Disclosure Project
, we’ve been reporting
our activities to mitigate our impact on the environment for several years now. These reports provide our stakeholders with detailed information on how we’re working to conserve resources and respect the environment.