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Eco? Logical! Together for more sustainability

Less waste, water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions - these are just some of the areas in which Roche has already achieved much in terms of sustainability. The Mannheim site, for example, obtains its electricity exclusively from wind and solar energy, while the wastewater treatment plant in Penzberg purifies the wastewater so well that you could swim in it: it exceeds the EU requirements for bathing water and can therefore be fed into the neighboring river Loisach after treatment. In addition, the purification plant produces sewage gas, which is then converted into energy by a combined heat and power plant. The wastewater purification thus covers 45 % of the electricity consumption at the site. But the company has also set itself ambitious goals for the future, such as reducing CO2 emissions from our corporate activities and the generation of purchased energy to zero by 2050.

Here, two of our environmental managers talk about how they support Roche in the effort to achieve these goals - and what each and every one of us can do to further reduce our ecological footprint.

 

We are Franziska from Mannheim and Michael from Penzberg and work in the environmental protection departments at our respective sites. We take care of matters like company audits, biological safety, hazardous substances in laboratories, the transport of hazardous goods and external environmental certifications. These provide independent confirmation that energy and environmental management at Roche is economical and efficient and complies with international standards. We also publish an annual environmental statement in which we inform the public about the environmental policy, goals, performance and ecological impact of our individual sites.

When talking about our environment, we should consider that it isn’t simply the world in, but also with which we live.
Michael
We recently founded the employee initiative of EcoLogicals Germany and are the central contact persons for this at our sites. This initiative provides a platform for interested employees to network and exchange information on sustainability issues at Roche. Everyone has the opportunity to submit ideas or start their own projects and thus actively promote environmental protection on site. We are supported by the Eco Squad, which takes care of the coordination, establishes contact with specialists and guides the submitted projects to success. In this way, we are all helping to make Roche greener and more sustainable through our commitment and passion.
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After my apprenticeship as a chemical laboratory assistant at Roche and my master's degree in biochemistry and biotechnology, I was drawn to the Environmental Protection Department in 2019. Here I am in charge of the environmental management system at the site and also deal with issues related to biosafety. This is probably rather unusual given my career so far, but I wanted to express my joy in environmental protection in my professional life as well.
Franziska Gabriel

Our impact

First success stories

Submitted project ideas and membership figures show: the offer is well received! In the first seven weeks since our foundation, over 40 proposals have already been submitted and some of them have already been implemented. One success is, for example, our database in which chemicals from the area of research & development are listed and can be shared or passed on for experimental purposes. This reduces waste and rethinks recycling. Something similar is currently being planned for laboratory equipment and consumables from offices and laboratories - including paper, printers and petri dishes.

With the BirdGuards project, employees have also set themselves the goal of creating more habitats for regional bird species and bats at the Mannheim site.

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After my commercial apprenticeship and community service, I started working in logistics at Roche in 2005. When a position in environmental management was advertised in 2013, I successfully applied there. Parallel to my work, I attended a distance learning school to become an environmental technician and auditor. In 2017, I was eventually appointed as hazardous materials officer for the Penzberg plant. I am thus able to integrate my private interest in environmental protection and sustainability and to link all relevant topics with each other in my professional life.
Michael Bauer

Environmental protection at Roche in Germany

 

 

 

 

Environmental protection also takes place in the minds and habits of every one of us.
Franziska

The place to Work

Tackling sustainability together

Roche employees know best about processes and potential for improvement in their respective departments. It is therefore important for us that we offer everyone the opportunity to become actively involved in the EcoLogicals for more sustainability. After all, although Roche has already achieved a great deal, it takes each and every one of us to make a difference and implement the environmental goals at the individual sites - no matter how small each individual action may seem. Because many small steps become meters, suddenly kilometers and eventually a marathon.

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