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.