Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Climate impact mitigation

Our number one priority is to conserve energy and reduce energy-related emissions. We are therefore working to optimize our R&D processes as well as our production operations. We also want to reduce our process-related emissions and utilize renewable energy.
Energy management to reduce carbon emissions
Energy management to reduce carbon emissions
Energy management plays a key role in our efforts for energy efficiency and climate impact mitigation. Our site in Gernsheim, Germany operates a co-generation plant with an electrical output of roughly four megawatts, which covers around half the site's power needs. At our headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, we've invested approximately € 27 million into the construction of two state-of-the-art energy stations and commissioned the first one in July 2014. This station supplies the site's pharmaceutical production operations as well as R&D activities with electricity, heat and cold. The second station is currently in the commissioning phase and will cover, among other power needs, the refrigeration required by the site's chemical facilities and laboratories.
Through the new energy stations at our Darmstadt and Gernsheim sites, we'll be cutting our CO2 emissions by roughly 9,500 metric tons per year.
 
Harnessing the power of the sun
Harnessing the power of the sun
Two photovoltaic plants with an output of 155 kW are in operation at our Billerica and Bedford, Massachusetts (USA) sites – at the time of their installation in 2009, they were one of the largest roof-top systems in Massachusetts. The photovoltaic plant at our facility in Molsheim, France has an output of 55 kW. We have also installed such plants at our sites in Tel Aviv (Israel, 50 kW), Rome (Italy, two plants at 96 kW and 88 kW), and Guatemala City (40 kW). In summer 2015, we also commissioned a new photovoltaic plant with an output of 400 kW in Shanghai, China. This facility is reducing the site's CO2 emissions by 300 metric tons per year.
 
Japan: Natural gas and geothermal energy instead of electricity
Japan: Natural gas and geothermal energy instead of electricity
At our site in Japan, we're working toward reducing dependence on electricity. After the devastating tsunami destroyed the Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011 and caused a nation-wide power shortage, we completely realigned our energy concept in Japan.
Our site in Onahama, Japan is one of the highest energy consumers within our company, requiring a great deal of steam for pigment production. To make our manufacturing processes more sustainable, we switched process steam generation for production from kerosene to natural gas combustion, and our pigment kilns are now fired with natural gas instead of liquefied gas. These changes will reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 3,200 metric tons per year. In 2016, we modernized other sites as well. At our Shizuoka site, for instance, we switched from heavy oil to natural gas for steam generation while also revamping the boiler and conduit system. In doing so, this site cut back its CO2 emissions from the manufacture of high-tech chemicals for the microchip and display industry by approximately 850 metric tons per year.
 

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