Carbon Disclosure Project

Carbon Disclosure Project

We regularly publish the goals, strategies and outcomes of environmental protection initiatives and activities in connection with our participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). This is the world’s biggest initiative to reduce carbon emissions. For nine years now, we have been actively involved in the CDP. We measure, analyze and manage our CO2 emissions at all production locations, and report annually on their composition and any changes that have occurred as well as various measures adopted to reduce CO2 emissions. The data for the financial year 2017 was collected internationally using standardized methods in spring 2018 and will be published by the CDP in the course of 2018.

Our Target

Our environment strategy target is to reduce the ratio of emissions to revenues. This means that our revenues are to grow faster in the future than the unavoidable carbon emissions produced in revenue generation. After having reached the goal in eight consecutive years, we have missed it for the first time in financial year 2017. While we were able to further reduce our CO2 emissions by 0.2%, our revenues declined by 2.0% due to a relatively marked reticence among our large pharma customers. As a result, the ratio of emissions to revenues has increased for the first time by 1.7%.

Our Results

Total CO2 emissions1) in ton (t)760,076716,702733,576775,372825,235817,097672,624567,451554.889
Revenues in EUR mill.
CO2 emissions in relation to revenues (t/EUR k)0.7170.7170.7160.7080.6770.6450.5210.4420,403

1) Excluding Scope 3 emissions
2) Excluding the Life Science Research Division (sold on 31 October 2016)


Clear improvement in CO2 emissions relative to revenues (t/EUR k)

Clear improvement in CO2 emissions relative to revenues (t/EUR k)


CO2 emissions by region1)

CO2 emissions by region

Alongside our own target, we have also launched further improvements within the context of CDP. For instance, we have improved the CDP verification criterion. Our activities and data were checked by the TÜV inspectorate and certified to ISO 14064-3.

The overall aim is for investors and customers to be able to assess, based on wide-ranging data and indices, whether a company gives sufficient consideration to climate change issues in its decisions and structures.

Further information and the full report can be found on the internet under

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