Merck aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in order to mitigate the impact of the company on climate. What are the concrete plans? The company plans to reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions and emissions from purchased energy (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by 50% by 2030 – in comparison with 2020. Indirect emissions along the entire value chain (Scope 3) are to be reduced by 1,500 kilotons of carbon dioxide (or other greenhouse gases with the same climatic impact) by 2030. By 2040, Merck will be climate neutral.
Greener with wind energy
By signing a 12-year renewable energy contract in the United States, Merck achieved a milestone on its climate goal journey. The virtual power purchase agreement covers 68 megawatts. This corresponds to 65% of the total electricity consumption in the U.S., where the company´s energy requirements are the highest. The wind park is currently under construction in Texas with plans to achieve commercial operation in 2022.
Out with planes, in with ships
Global freight transport makes up around 10% of global CO2 emissions. Here companies can make a real difference: Merck aims to transport 90% of its Healthcare products by ship by 2023. Between 2019 and 2020, switching from air to sea freight helped the company to cut down CO2 emissions by 5,000 metric tons.
More information: https://www.merckgroup.com/en/sustainability/environment.html