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Climate protection measures at Queisser Pharma

Climate protection measures at Queisser Pharma

For Queisser Pharma, reducing and offsetting carbon dioxide emissions is an important concern when it comes to climate protection. We are also working on reducing plastic in our packaging. As a company, we have a social responsibility to limit the global rise in temperature and reduce CO2 emissions caused by mankind.

Our products are climate-neutral

Sustainability plays an ever-increasing role in our product packaging. In the long term, we want to save even more packaging material and use more sustainable materials for our product packaging. Our savings and long-term reduction in packaging materials already mean that we are able to make an active contribution to protecting the environment and climate.

All products produced by Queisser Pharma are climate-neutral. We can try to reduce the carbon dioxide emitted during the production of packaging but, ultimately, it is not possible to completely avoid it. For this reason, we completely offset this strain on the environment caused by CO2 emissions by supporting sustainable projects with climate experts ClimatePartner.

We are also working continually on a solution to offer more environmentally friendly packaging materials for our products.

Sustainability of ingredients

High purity and quality thanks to quality seals
The high quality of ingredients is the top priority for our products. Various quality seals and standards confirm the purity and sustainability of our raw materials and ingredients.

PureMax technology
The PureMax* seal certifies a high quality and sustainability of sea fish oil. A particular degree of purity is also ensured when producing Omega 3 fatty acids. We only use fish from sustainable fisheries to produce the concentrate for our products. The regular inspection and appraisal of the concentrates and mandatory quality parameters confirms the extremely high quality of Omega 3 concentrate.

* PureMax is a brand of Croda International PLC, England

ECO-Harvesting methods
The ECO-Harvesting® technology** effectively prevents any major by-catches by using special nets. This allows the krill to be caught in the Antarctic Ocean in a particularly gentle manner. All the catch is immediately processed on-board the ships, meaning a very pure krill oil is produced. The ECO-Harvesting® method** is one of the few methods proven to have no negative influence on the krill population and ecosystem in the Antarctic.

** ECO-Harvesting® is a brand of Aker BioMarine

Certifications in accordance with ISO standards

We are incredibly interested in preserving resources. As legally required, we were also one of the first companies to be certified in accordance with DIN EN 50001 in 2016. This means that we introduced an energy management system, which focuses on recording energy flows in our company and assessing the energy efficiency. On this basis, we implement technical measures to help improve energy efficiency.

We will be certified according to DIN EN ISO 16247-1 in the future, meaning energy efficiency will remain an important issue for Queisser Pharma GmbH & Co.KG.

We were certified in accordance with the environment management standard, DIN EN ISO 14001 back in 1997. The aim of this standard is to constantly improve our environmental performance and contribute to complying with environmental legislation within the company. 
 

Ecological responsibility & sustainability in production

Through new investments and renovations, we keep our production technology up-to-date. This means we are able to implement sustainable improvements promptly. In terms of sustainability and environmental protection, we support and pursue the conservation of energy and water. In addition, we monitor energy consumption using appropriate measuring devices, which are installed at important consumers throughout the entire company. This allows irregularities to be recognized in good time. The production of KPIs (e.g. power consumption / produced folding boxes) also offers a good opportunity for comparison and regulation.

We achieve our savings targets as a result of further measures:

  • Sensitization by training our employees
  • Monitoring of consumption through precise measuring methods and monitoring of processes
  • Continual modernization
  • Voluntary monitoring through certification by accredited companies
  • Technical measures:
    • The pumps in the heating sector have been refurbished and provided with control units, which guarantee night-time lowering and seasonal adjustment of the heating
    • When procuring machinery, we check in advance that these are built in an energy-efficient manner, e.g. with energy-saving servomotors
    • The ventilation systems stipulated by the German Pharmaceutical Products Act [Arzneimittelgesetz] can be better controlled and reduced through targeted adjustment of individual workspaces when required
    • Areas, which are not used permanently as workspaces, are fitted with presence detectors so that it is not necessary to light them continually

Energy efficiency in logistics

Environment and resource protection play a role in building management at Queisser Pharma, along with other sectors of the company.

When building our logistics centre in Handewitt, the focus was on undercutting the threshold values of the German Energy Saving Regulation (EnEV) and on the energetic heating and cooling concept.
Within the overall concept of the building shell, considerably larger insulation properties were calculated than normal in order to minimise future energy losses. The project was implemented with greater insulating thicknesses on the façade and in the roof area. The threshold values of the German Energy Saving Regulation were undercut by about 32 percent.

The energetic heating and cooling concept incorporates the geographical specifics of our region between the seas. 
The ventilation concept of the building makes provisions for air exchange during the night, as a result of which the cool night-time air from outside is exchanged with the internal air. This type of cooling means the building does not require any active supply of cold air, which would require a correspondingly high energy demand in the form of electricity and gas.
When heating the logistics centre, we do not use gas, as is usual in logistics centres. The environmentally friendly alternative here is district heating, which is provided by the radiation plates in the building.

The currently unused external areas will blossom: From spring 2020, a 20,000 square metre wildflower meadow will grow around the logistics centre.

With 100% green power

Queisser Pharma works with electricity from 100% green power sources. Protecting the environment and climate is an important concern for us as a company. Having an awareness of how we use resources influences decisions in our everyday working life.

We decided to use 100% environmentally friendly green power to produce our electricity. This means we can support environmental conservation and protect the climate in a sustainable manner.

The green energy comes from renewable energy sources and is obtained from hydropower. The ok-power label and the TÜV-Nord Environment Protection Certificate label the regenerative electricity as 100% green. The allocation of the ok-power label not only relates to the regenerative energy source, but also to promoting the construction of new generating plants. These two requirements are fulfilled with hydroelectric power generation. There are no CO2 emissions.

Offsetting CO2 emissions

Our climatic protection policy is transparent: More details at ClimatePartner

We are working with climate protection experts ClimatePartner. Together, we have calculated the CO2 emissions of our business activities, initiated measures to reduce them and started to offset unavoidable CO2 emissions.

As a pharmaceutical company, we are not able to completely avoid CO2 emissions. We are taking responsibility for the CO2 emissions we create and offsetting these completely by supporting certified climate protection projects. 
Our climatic protection policy is transparent: Our investments in different climate protection projects can be tracked using the Klimaneutral logo and the tracking ID on our products.

How do climate projects protect our environment?

We support three climate protection projects internationally, which contribute to climate protection in the fields of wind energy, solar energy and drinking water.
As well as the climate-friendly effect, the product also have a positive influence on local development.
 

Our wind energy project in Bulgaria

Energy can be obtained from wind power, without the need for fossil fuels. We support a wind energy project in Bulgaria, which creates renewable energy and also contributes to the economic upturn and sustainable development of the region there.
More at www.climatepartner.com/1100

Our drinking water project in Uganda

2 billion people in the world have no access to drinking water. Many families are dependent on boiling their water on open fires. This type of water purification causes CO2 emissions and causes deforestation of large areas. In Uganda, we support access to clean drinking water, which saves greenhouse gases as well as improving the health situation of the people there.
More at www.climatepartner.com/1092

Our solar energy project in China

Energy from solar cells does not require the use of fossil fuels and is considered emission-free. In China, we support a project in the province of Henan, which distributes solar cookers so that meals no longer have to be prepared on coal-burning ovens in huts. The solar cookers mean there is no smoke pollution in the huts.
More at www.climatepartner.com/1089

All three projects contribute to climate protection as well as supporting a number of UN goals for sustainable development (SDGs):

  • Health and well-being
  • Quality education
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • No poverty
  • Zero hunger
  • Gender equality
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Reduced inequalities
  • (More) responsible consumption and production
  • Life on land
  • Affordable and clean energy