Sustainability – Taking Small Steps towards a Bigger Future

At Romer Labs, we like to set ourselves some tough goals. Such as setting ourselves a commitment to becoming a CO2-neutral enterprise by the year 2023, and to contribute as a business towards reducing enterprise-related greenhouse gas emissions.

How can we achieve this?

Together with the ERBER Group, Romer Labs Diagnostic GmbH has taken the lead towards becoming carbon neutral. Carbon neutrality applies to all products and services produced by Romer Labs Diagnostic GmbH. This concerns ISO 17025 for analytical service laboratories, and the ISO Guide 34 accreditation for reference material producers as well as the trading of diagnostic solutions.

How is CO2-neutrality realized?

It involves three steps: detect, reduce and compensate for CO2 emissions. Compensation is implemented by contributions to internationally recognized environmental projects in areas such as forest protection and the production of renewable energies such as biomass, hydropower and wind energy. Some projects may even include social components, such as the promotion of educational standards of local populations.

The carbon footprint for a company is calculated for a predefined scope and over a specific period of time, reduced by implementing various measures in the company and – what can’t be further reduced - offset through the acquisition of carbon certificates that go towards funding environmentally and socially conscious projects. So that everything is above board, these CO2 calculations are checked and confirmed by external auditors (in our case by TÜV Nord).

For Romer Labs Diagnostic GmbH, the 280 tons of CO2 generated in FY 2013 were offset with the purchase of certificates for the forest protection project “Sofolo” in Mozambique. For FY 2014, we generated 255 tons, which was compensated for through our support of the forest protection project “April Salumei” in Papua New Guinea. In addition to offsetting greenhouse gas emissions, Romer Labs targets to further minimize emission sources within the organization and go beyond being simply carbon neutral to becoming a carbon negative organisation.

For more on carbon neutrality, visit www.climatepartner.com.

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