High Standard Environmental Protection
Sartorius is a manufacturing company with 22 production sites at which we consume energy and release greenhouse gases. Our manufacturing operations also produce waste. In addition, we use water, particularly in the manufacture of membranes and final assembly of filters.
We classify the ecological and environmental impact of our business activities as comparatively low compared with industry standards. However, we are aware of our environmental responsibility and set high standards for protection as a matter of principle.
The basic strategy for environmental management processes is defined in our environmental policy. This is binding for all companies and sites in the group and helps us to ensure efficiency and environmental awareness as part of our daily business.
Emissions from the consumption of electricity at Sartorius accounts for two-thirds of its climate-change-producing emissions. Our largest site in Göttingen uses 58 percent of the total energy from all manufacturing plants combined. Therefore, this site plays a leading role in our energy-saving measures.
At our Göttingen site, we use four eco-friendly combined heat and power (CHP) plants fueled by natural gas. As a result, this site generates 22 percent of its own electricity needs, using the heat produced to cover 24 percent of its heating requirements.
We strive to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions produced in our business operations steadily. Our goal is to keep increases in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions below proportionate levels with respect to revenue growth.
The company takes great care to reduce water consumption and soil sealing, particularly at manufacturing plants located in baseline water risk areas defined by the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, such as Yauco, Puerto Rico; Bangalore, India; and Beijing, China. In Yauco, for example, the company established an additional system for rainwater use. Most of the water is used for rinsing while manufacturing filter membranes according to the precipitation bath method at the Göttingen site.”
Sartorius primarily sources its water from the public water supply, but also uses surface water.
We strive to reduce waste and use sorting systems to help ensure that reusable materials can be recycled, lowering the proportion of waste stored in landfills. Sartorius applies the international regulations on environmentally compatible design and recycling in force around the world to its own electronic products, such as balances and other laboratory instruments. Organic solvents, which we need for manufacturing membranes used in filter cartridges, are recovered and recycled.
- European Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals in Europe – REACH (EC No. 1907/2006)
The Sartorius Group uses chemical and biological ingredients in manufacturing its products. Our culture media and reagents, for instance, contain biological substances besides chemicals. We monitor the use of hazardous ingredients using the REACH Candidate List (SVHC list, Article 33 of the European REACH Regulation) and comparable substance lists in our other sales regions. This list, including our REACH declaration, is available here.
International regulations comparable to REACH
Internationally, there are various legal regulations and requirements that are comparable to the European REACH Regulation. For example, the Sartorius Group complies with such regulations in Canada, China, Taiwan and the USA, to name a few:
- Canada: Chemical substances in Batch 12 of the Challenge
- China: The New Chemical Substance Notification, which is also called “China REACH Regulation”
- Taiwan: Toxic Chemical Substance Control Act (TSCA)
- USA: Toxic Chemical Substance Control Act of the Environmental Protection Agency and other regulations, such as California Proposition 65 (CP65), officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986
- European RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU and Delegated Directive 2015/863/EU (implemented by the German Ordinance on the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment “ElektroStoffV”)
The German Ordinance transposing the requirements of these Directives into national law regulates the use and placement on the market of hazardous substances in electrical equipment and electronic components in Europe.
The electrical equipment manufactured and sold by Sartorius are classified as RoHS equipment categories 6 (electrical and electronic tools) and 9 (monitoring and control instruments including monitoring and control instruments in industry). Sartorius meets the substance restrictions of the European Directive 2011/65/EU as well as the Delegated Directive 2015/863/EU regarding equipment category 6. For equipment category 9, Sartorius will completely implement the requirements of this Directive as of the deadline in July 2021. A RoHS Declaration of Conformity is included in the CE Declaration for our equipment.
- European WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment; implemented by the German Act on Placement on the Market, Return and Disposal of Electrical and Electronic Equipment – Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act “Elektrogesetz”)
In Europe, the Sartorius Group is registered according to the WEEE Directive as a product distributor of electrical and electronic equipment. For this purpose and for return of its equipment by customers, Sartorius has joined the European Advanced Recycling Network (EARN) by contract. Please register the product you wish to return at: http://b2btool.earn-service.com/sartorius
- European Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste (implemented by the German Law on Placement on the Market, Return and Environmentally-Friendly Reuse of Packaging – Packaging Act “Verpackungsgesetz”
This Directive transposed into national law by the German Packaging Act applies to all companies that put packaging into circulation with private final consumers (or equivalent collection points) when selling their products. Within the Sartorius Group, two companies are subject to compliance with these regulations: Stedim Biotech GmbH and Sartorius Lab Instruments GmbH & Co. KG. Under the German Packaging Act, both companies are licensed with the Reclay Dual System valid in Germany and with the Foundation Central Agency Packaging Register, ZSVR, via the LUCID portal.
- Reclay license number of Sartorius Lab Instruments GmbH & Co. KG: 106361
- Registration number of Sartorius Lab Instruments GmbH & Co. KG with the Foundation Central Agency Packaging Register, ZSVR: DE1306603525725
- Reclay license number of Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH: 102013
- Registration number of Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH with the Foundation Central Agency Packaging Register, ZSVR: DE3399117257642