From A for Avoidance of Waste to Z for Zero Emissions
Environmental stewardship has many facets. From carefully separating trash and turning down the heating to buying sustainable products, we can make small changes in many aspects of our day-to-day lives to do something beneficial for the environment. This holds especially true for companies, which can have a major impact by making specific, targeted modifications to their processes and procedures. For this reason, we take a holistic approach to environmental stewardship. We know that our business operations affect the environment, generating greenhouse gas emissions, wastewater and waste. In addition, we use materials that can adversely affect the environment if not handled properly, so we closely monitor detrimental emissions into the air, water and soil and do our best to prevent them. Moreover, we strive to utilize natural resources such as energy, water and materials as efficiently as possible.
From Paris to Darmstadt
Climate change is one of the major challenges facing us in the 21st century. At the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris in 2015, 195 of the world's nations adopted the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 °C. We, too, are doing our part to help stem climate change because we believe that climate protection and energy efficiency will pay off in the long run - for both the environment and our business.
Our climate actions:
Executing energy efficiency measures, purchasing more electricity from renewable sources, and minimizing our process emissions are key elements in our climate mitigation efforts. To keep the greenhouse gases arising from the transportation of our products as low as possible, we ship our goods by boat rather than plane, when feasible.
Our climate target until 2040
is the year by which we aim to achieve climate neutrality.
Our climate targets until 2030
We intend to reduce direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 50% (2020 baseline).
We aim to cover 80% of our electricity consumption with renewables.
We plan to cut indirect emissions from value chain (Scope 3) by 1,500 metric kilotons of CO2 equivalents.
Less waste, more recycling
When it comes to waste, we firmly believe in prevention, recovery and recycling. We attempt to prevent waste by developing new production processes and optimizing existing ones. However, it is not (yet) possible to avoid waste altogether, so we diligently separate the trash that we do generate. This allows valuable raw materials to be recovered and transformed into new products, thereby supporting a circular economy. We discard the unrecyclable waste in an environmentally sustainable manner in line with the strictest waste disposal standards. To track the amount of waste we produce, we have developed a Waste Score, an indicator that helps us identify the areas where we can accelerate our waste reduction efforts or step up material recycling and recovery.
We are working to reduce our Waste Score by 5% by 2025 (relative to 2016).
is how much we recycled out of our total waste of 231 metric kilotons in 2020.
Water: A precious resource
With water scarcity affecting more and more regions worldwide, responsible water management is of key importance to us, especially as we too depend on water to manufacture our products. Our wastewater may contain traces of substances such as heavy metals or active pharmaceutical ingredients, making it our responsibility to minimize the impact of our wastewater across all our sites. To us, sustainable water stewardship means not harming the aquatic ecosystems from which we obtain freshwater, or into which we discharge treated wastewater. Our water management practices comply with all applicable water protection laws, which are becoming increasingly stringent.
We take a systematic approach to analyzing our water use data, utilizing tools such as the Water Risk Filter of the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) and the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas of the World Resources Institute (WRI). These instruments help us determine whether a site is located in a water-stressed area, a situation that develops when more water is withdrawn than is renewed.
To boost our water efficiency, we have created a new Water Intensity Score in 2020 that reflects the amount of water withdrawn at a given site relative to the local availability of water and the number of man-hours worked.
Water Intensity Score
We have committed to improving our Water Intensity Score by 10% by 2025 (2019 baseline).
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