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 from nutshells and wood chips
Energy from nutshells and wood chips
Our facility in Goa, India has more than 300 employees working to manufacture items such as vitamins, industrial and laboratory chemicals, and microbiological products. At this site, we commissioned a carbon-neutral biomass power plant with an output of three megawatts in November 2014. The co-generation plant generates electricity and steam for the pharmaceutical and chemical production facilities, freeing our Goa site from the public power grid. Our method? We buy the shells of regionally grown cashews and coconuts left over after harvest and use them as biomass fuel, thereby saving roughly 11,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. That's roughly 85% of the site's total carbon emissions!
 
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. 
At our research and development center in Atsugi, electricity is the primary energy carrier. In the first step toward independence, we tested out the use of geothermal energy to generate heat and cold. The site is now operating 68 geothermal heat exchangers with a thermal capacity of 270 kW, making it one of the largest geothermal plants in Japan. Through this shift, we've lowered our primary energy consumption by roughly 10%, which represents an approximately 300 metric ton reduction in annual CO2 emissions. 
Our plant in Onahama, Japan manufactures effect pigments (Xirallic) for high-quality automotive coatings. This facility is one of the five largest CO2 producers of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. In 2015, we instituted two measures to cut down CO2 emissions there. First, in January 2016 we started using natural gas to meet all the site's energy needs. Second, in the course of 2016 we plan to replace the old boilers for steam production with new ones. These two efforts combined will save roughly 3,200 metric tons of CO2 per year at the Onahama site and are viewed throughout the country as a best practice.
 

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