Achieving Great Things with Many Small Steps

Plastic disposables are important for laboratory work, but their production requires the consumption of a lot of energy and resources, so increasing sustainability in their production should be a particular concern at Eppendorf. At our manufacturing facility in Oldenburg, we have succeeded in using many small optimization steps to take a large step forward.

Big company projects for increasing ecological and economic sustainability are important, no doubt about it. They also bring in a lot of positive publicity. Less spectacular, but just as important, are the many rigorously pursued small steps. When you add them up, they produce substantial results. In this context, the key to success is keeping your eyes open as you go about your daily work, and drawing the right conclusions in line with sustainable business activity and production.

We do this everywhere at Eppendorf – including, for example, our competence center for the development and production of consumables: Eppendorf Polymere GmbH, Oldenburg in Holstein, Germany. Plastic disposables are important for laboratory work, but their production requires the consumption of a lot of energy and resources, so increasing sustainability in their production should be a particular concern at Eppendorf.

Naturally, the integrity of valuable sample material takes top priority in the manufacture of consumables, because if you can't ensure that, the product is worthless. As a result, we meet the highest standards of safety and quality at our production facilities. In general, wherever possible we select materials for manufacturing our plastic consumables that leave the smallest carbon footprint. A large number of small optimization steps has gone a long way toward helping us fulfill these high standards:

  • The installation of new gas condensing boilers to minimize heat consumption
  • The insulation of all heat distribution components to reduce heat loss
  • The installation of economical fan motors and frequency controls in our climate control system to save electricity
  • An optimized default setting in our injection molding machines to reduce energy consumption whenever the machines are idle

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Sustainably in motion: our logistics network

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Energy self-sufficiency through geothermal energy and solar power

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Environmentally friendly release agents in centrifuge production

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Achieving great things with many small steps

It's no secret that the production of plastic disposables, which are so important for laboratory work, requires the consumption of a lot of energy and resources. At our manufacturing facility in Oldenburg, we have succeeded in using many small optimization steps to take a large step forward. more...

Intelligent recovery

The amounts of Aluminum we use are considerable – as is the volume of waste aluminum produced during milling and drilling. We don’t see this waste aluminum as something to be discarded. To us, it’s a valuable raw material that we can recycle for reuse, and our process experts have found an innovative solution for doing just that. more...

Oldenburg’s own thermal power station

In Oldenburg we decided to construct a thermal power station instead of the traditional combination of local heating and a central power plant. This offers us the opportunity to benefit for the first time from combined heat and power generation – with astonishing results. more...

Every drop matters

The production of plastic articles requires several cubic meters of water every day, in part to cool the manufacturing equipment. At our factory in Oldenburg, this industrial water is kept in a closed system so that it can be recycled nearly limitlessly. more...

Sustainability as a holistic approach

We use a systematic, holistic approach from the very beginning in order to establish sustainable processes all the way along a complex value chain. This is even more important if – as in our case – we develop and manufacture high-quality products with a premium claim. more...

Using less paper to communicate

Even if Eppendorf actively encourages communication via digital channels, our contacts and exchanges have not yet become completely paperless. But we’re meeting this challenge in a variety of ways.
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