Environmental Sustainability

As a responsible corporate citizen, Thermo Fisher is committed to protecting the environment by minimizing our impact in the communities where we operate. Leveraging our PPI Business System and our Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Management System, we continually look for ways to improve our processes, protect the environment and reduce waste. This commitment inspires us to create a culture in which our colleagues are involved in piloting process improvements that protect them and environment, reduce the energy and water we consume and the waste we generate. Thermo Fisher is commitment to reducing emissions, releases and waste through participation in CDP and UN Global Compact.

2019 impact



Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions1


Up 3%

Reduction in water usage1



Tons of waste diverted
from landfill2



Sites working towards
zero waste

Data normalized by annual revenue
U.S. data only

In our 2018 reporting cycle, we incorporated emissions into our portfolio from a significant acquisition, contributing to a 40% increase in Thermo Fisher’s emissions year over year. We use the guidance set forth in the GHG Protocol to recalculate historic data for a meaningful and consistent comparison over time. This year, for the first time, Thermo Fisher is undergoing external data verification of the company’s scope 1 & 2 GhG emissions.

For more details, see our annual CDP disclosure.

2018 highlights

Evidence of climate change found in ice cores

In 2018, our site in Eindhoven, Netherlands, moved to all renewable energy sources, including solar, biomass and wind energy for electricity. This change reduced the site’s CO2 emissions by a factor of 10, from 0.45 kilogram per kilowatt-hour (kg/kWh) to 0.044 kg/kWh, and stopped 369 tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere – every month.

“In 2018 we took the first step towards reducing our emissions in Eindhoven through implementation of sustainable energy sources. Looking for ways to reduce the site’s overall carbon footprint is something our colleagues are very passionate about and so we expect to make even more improvements in future years.”

– Robin Hokke, Environmental, Health & Safety Manager


The Carlsbad, Calif., site installed solar photovoltaic (PV) paneling that will generate 1.1M kWh annually, equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to power 116 homes for a year. The paneling also will provide 50 percent of the site’s energy needs. Solar panels aren’t the first electricity-generating installation made at the Carlsbad campus. A one-megawatt fuel cell system and a Tesla™ Powerpack™ smart energy storage system together supply power to buildings used for manufacturing and distribution of over 10,000 products.

Our journey to zero waste
Our Zero Waste program focuses on closely managing our waste streams at the site level, where we work to reduce the amount of waste we generate and send to landfill while lowering our operating costs. We define “zero waste” as diverting 90 percent or more waste from landfill through reuse, recycling, and incineration, as a last resort, when used to generate energy.

Through our Zero Waste Playbook, we provide our sites guidance for working toward “zero waste” certification through a 5-step process which engages all of our colleagues to implement changes in processes and procurement to minimize waste.


Glove and garment recycling program


Much of our extensive R&D and production work must be conducted in sterile environments requiring the use of disposable gloves and garments. To reduce the impact of these operations, we recycle gloves and single-use apparel so they can be turned into the raw materials used to create eco-friendly consumer products and durable goods.

Pedaling our way to greener times


As we strive to become an even more environmentally sustainable business, more of our sites are promoting the use of bicycles over cars to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Below are some notable efforts and honors:

  • Encouraging colleagues to bike to work through friendly competitions with local companies, colleagues at our Illkirch, France, site logged 9,000 competitive kilometers in just two weeks in June
  • Providing free bicycle access on multiple campuses for colleagues to use during lunchtime and to travel around campus in Linz, Austria, and Frederick, Maryland
  • Receiving the Cycle-Friendly Employer Certification, a European standard, for our site in Brno, Czech Republic

CDP is a global disclosure system that enables organizations to measure and manage their environmental impacts. Starting in 2017, we expanded the scope of our GHG reporting from scope 1 and 2 to also include scope 3 emissions and have also started reporting on renewable energy consumption. Thermo Fisher participates in this disclosure process annually and you can download current and previous reports in PDF format. Thermo Fisher is a legacy CDP responder, having responded annually for over 10 years. All historical Thermo Fisher Scientific CDP filings can be found on the CDP website.