Eppendorf: climate-neutral by 2028

27 July 2022 | Wednesday | News

The globally positioned Eppendorf Group, a life science specialist, is picking up speed when it comes to climate protection. The company is reducing its CO2 emissions and will be climate-neutral by 2028 – much earlier than specified by the EU. To enable this, Eppendorf has developed a company-wide climate strategy with numerous measures for reducing its CO2 emissions.
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> Comprehensive climate strategy with the goal of climate neutrality by 2028 

> Successful start of implementation at all locations worldwide 

> Results of initial measures already visible


“With our climate strategy, we will make Eppendorf climate-neutral by 2028. With this step, we will  voluntarily be much faster than many other companies and will then already fulfill the goals of the EU  Climate Law, which aim for climate neutrality by 2050,” says Co-CEO Eva van Pelt. “This is how we are  meeting our responsibility towards society and the environment as a global player and a company that acts  sustainably.” 

Climate strategy offers solutions 

Eppendorf has anchored the core topic of sustainability in its corporate strategy as a significant factor.  Active in 33 countries around the world, the company has defined clear requirements to make the entire  Group, including its partner companies Starlab and USA Scientific, climate-neutral as fast as possible.  

“Our climate strategy contains an overarching concept as the basis for converting the energy supply of all of  our locations worldwide to renewable energies. We are also raising the climate standards for new buildings  and optimizing energy efficiency in our existing buildings to substantially reduce consumption,” says van  Pelt, explaining the measures. “Moreover, we are reducing our volume of air freight, reorganizing our  vehicle fleet for climate neutrality and promoting environmentally friendly travel.” Calculations show that  with these measures, CO2 emissions will drop to their lowest possible level by 2028. 

Support for climate protection projects 

However, even a comprehensive package of measures cannot completely avoid the production of CO2  emissions by today’s standards. Eppendorf compensates for its remaining greenhouse gases with the  purchase of CO2 certificates associated with climate protection projects, such as those pursuing the  expansion of solar electricity, biogas plants or hydropower. At the same time, Eppendorf is working  intensively to identify further opportunities to reduce its remaining volume of greenhouse gases.  

Initial successes are already visible 

Eppendorf actively sought to reduce its CO2 emissions even before it began to implement its new climate  strategy. For some time now, all its German sites as well as the plants in Enfield, Connecticut, USA, and  Maldon, England, have relied on CO2-neutral electricity from renewable energy sources, with the result  that emissions in 2021 sank by a clear 57 percent in comparison with the year before. The Eppendorf  vehicle fleet is changing, too. About 15 percent of all its vehicles in Germany run on purely electrical power. 

The effect of this measure is that our fleet CO2 emissions in Germany have fallen from 120g/km at the end  of 2020 to 85g/km today, and they will continue to drop significantly.  

One success factor is solid data 

An important factor in successfully implementing Eppendorf’s climate strategy is its Sustainability Report,  which enables valid statements on the success of the company’s environmental and sustainability measures  by collecting and comparing extensive amounts of data – for instance on the company’s CO2 emissions and  energy consumption. “With this data, we have created a reliable foundation for moving ahead at full speed  toward climate neutrality,” says van Pelt. 

Supporting member of the KlimaWirtschaft Foundation 

Despite all the measures taken, the fact remains that companies can only achieve the urgent need to cut  CO2 emissions on a large scale by working together. For this reason, Eppendorf has been a supporting  member of the KlimaWirtschaft Foundation since July, supplementing the association of renowned German  companies with expertise from the life science sector. The goal of the non-profit foundation is to promote  climate protection and the sustainable use of natural resources. To this end, the foundation approaches  politicians and actively participates in debates on climate policy. It identifies concrete opportunities for the  transition to climate neutrality and makes proposals for the necessary political framework. 

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