The safety of valuable samples is always our top priority. For example, the set temperature for centrifuging sensitive RNA samples must be maintained accurately throughout the process to ensure data reliability and reproducibility. Slow recovery of an ULT freezer after door opening may save energy but you are putting 50,000 high-value samples at risk.
The use of new, innovative technologies can optimize both resource consumption during production and power consumption during use. Even small improvements optimize the longevity of devices and thus contribute to greater sustainability.
Beyond green The green idea may be the most familiar, but in fact sustainability encompasses many environmental, social, and economic factors.
At Eppendorf, we consider the entire supply chain and define our impact on sustainability in areas such as climate change and the use of natural resources, social compliance, and human well-being, as well as with regard to data security and our role as responsible citizens in society.
This consideration begins before the product; it encompasses Eppendorf as an employer as well as a customer vis-à-vis our suppliers. Thus, our own Code of Conduct sets the bar for both employees and our supply chain. Our social behavior includes treating each other with respect, respecting the intellectual property of others, sticking to facts, and making ourselves reliable partners for our counterparts. These expectations are clearly defined and subject to continuous improvement and learning.
The optimization of our product design for improved ergonomic handling began in the 1970s. Today, the PhysioCare Concept® implemented in all Eppendorf products supports the well-being of our users.
Sustainability: an on-going journey Science is based on facts. Statements such as “Our product is more sustainable compared to others” are questioned by researchers in many ways. Analyzing and improving sustainability issues requires knowledge and intensive work. None of the sustainability challenges can be solved quickly or easily. But they all require manufacturers and customers to listen to each other and work together.
This work is never over, but an on-going journey in which we communicate in constant dialogue with our stakeholders. We are researching new technologies, alternative materials and concepts. Each of these changes has the potential to contribute to progress in sustainability.