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.

 

Quality means more than just producing better products; it also means producing more sustainable products. Thanks to a unique combination of our knowledge of our customers' needs, our technical expertise and our high-tech manufacturing methods, we can offer high-quality products and services that help scientists around the world reach their goals. Against this backdrop, holistic development at Eppendorf means understanding sustainability as an integral part of our premium claim – and this is why we include it in our research and development processes from the very beginning.

For instance, as early as 2007 Eppendorf ULT freezers were the first to be offered without hydrofluorocarbons. In addition to the use of environmentally friendly coolants, we were able to reduce the energy consumption of these devices by up to 10%. These measures deliver cost savings for the user through lower total energy consumption and make an important contribution to sustainability as well.

So it only makes sense that today, many of our devices conform to the latest regulatory requirements, such as REACH, the new European Union regulation on chemicals, or the European Union’s RoHS directive, which restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

Sustainably in motion: our logistics network

Reliable, punctual product delivery is a key factor in the satisfaction of our customers. We are an important sustainability link in a long value chain that includes our customers and their needs. more...

Energy self-sufficiency through geothermal energy and solar power

Energy is the most important “raw material” of our time. At the same time, it represents a significant cost factor of most companies. So we take every opportunity to reduce the amount of energy we purchase. For example the construction of a new building in Hamburg. more...

Environmentally friendly release agents in centrifuge production

When cooling centrifuges are produced, a release agent is needed to keep the insulating foam from sticking to the foam mold around the rotor bowl. The release agents available on the market were unsatisfactory in terms of their functionality and their environmental properties. more...

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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