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