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Enrico Jakobi, Head of Sustainability & HSE, explains how important it is for Eppendorf to take countermeasures by simulating CO2 development: "If we continue as before, CO2 emissions would increase significantly in the expected course of business." Nevertheless, CO2 emissions cannot yet be completely avoided at status quo such as for example flights. Eppendorf will offset those remaining greenhouse gases by purchasing so-called CO2 certificates from climate protection projects. "We will continue to look hard for ways to significantly reduce the remaining emissions as well," explains Enrico Jakobi.

Now we can start full speed ahead toward our goal of zero carbon emissions. We thank everyone in the Eppendorf Group who is working hard to achieve this goal together. Because only if everyone pulls together, the ambition of drastic cutting down the carbon emissions in our own operations by 2028 can become a reality.

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The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of companies are captured using the methodology of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. With this approach, a company's GHG emissions are divided into three categories (scopes 1, 2, and 3). In 2022, Eppendorf already accounted for the GHG emissions of its
own organization (thus covering scopes 1 and 2) for the year 2019, resulting in a 58% reduction in emissions since then.

Scope 3 emissions are considerably more challenging to assess as they often lie beyond a company's direct operational control. Scope 3 emissions include upstream and downstream emissions generated by activities such as transportation, raw material usage, and especially the use of sold
products like a centrifuge or a freezer. These Scope 3 emissions typically account for over 90% of a company's total emissions in most cases. Eppendorf aims to comprehensively account for all GHG emissions in the future.

Zero Carbon Emissions

The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, agreed by over 190 countries, limits the global temperature increase to well below 2°C and to continue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. Industry is one of the largest emissions sectors, accountable for more than 40% of global emissions in 2019. Therefore, industry and business need to contribute achieving the Paris reduction targets.

Eppendorf sets their goal: Cut our own emissions as a company down to zero by 2028 Eppendorf faces up to its responsibility and has clearly mapped the core issue of sustainability in its corporate strategy. To achieve this goal, the Sustainability & HSE team has developed a climate strategy. As part of the overarching Eppendorf sustainability strategy, this concept specifies concrete measures that significantly reduce CO2 emissions. The team developed and coordinated all actions in interviews and workshops with experts and departments.

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What are our steps to reach this ambitious target?

  • Switch to renewable energy sources at all Eppendorf sites worldwide. We are already using 100% CO2-neutral green electricity at most of our production facilities and in the global headquarters. As a result, CO2 emissions in 2021 were reduced by 57% compared to the previous year.
  • High climate standards for new buildings are to be established. The aim is to achieve the so-called DGNB (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen) platinum certification, the highest award for sustainable construction for all building developments in Germany.
  • Optimizing the energy efficiency of buildings should help to consume less resources.
  • By further reducing air freight, transport goods are to be shifted more to rail and sea, resulting in less CO2.
  • To gain a low-CO2 vehicle fleet, the entire corporate vehicle fleet will be electrified.
  • Environmentally friendly travel will be promoted more strongly.
  • We want to benefit more than before from "swarm knowledge" through systematic knowledge development and transfer.
  • A competition for climate projects will reward particularly exceptional climate projects.

Carbon emissions scopes

Scope 1: Direct GHG emissions refer to emissions from sources that are
owned or controlled by the company, like the generation of electricity, heat
or steam, transportation of materials, products, employees by company
owned vehicles and to fugitive emissions.

Scope 2: Indirect emissions refer to purchased electricity.

Scope 3: All other indirect GHG emissions which occur in a company’s
value chain, like extraction and production of purchased materials, product
use, disposal of waste, or employee business travel.


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