Relentlessly pursuing energy, water, and materials efficiencies in manufacturing our products

Thermo Fisher Scientific is positively shaping the future by providing innovative products and redesigning our processes and facilities in the pursuit of zero waste, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and efficient use of people and technologies. Using our Practical Process Improvement (PPI) Business System, our employees are continually finding opportunities to source greener materials, reduce water and energy consumption, and minimize waste. 

Saving water in POROS manufacturing

The final step in manufacturing our Applied Biosystems POROS™ chromatography resins requires constant water flow through elution cones. Increasing the flow rate improves the process efficiency and effectiveness, reducing consumption by nearly 1,325 cubic meters (350,000 gallons) annually. This innovation also saves 7,100 kg of ethanol annually, requires fewer labor hours, and frees up space for future expansion.

Saving energy and space with new lab equipment


We are always looking for opportunities to improve the efficiency of our operations, including reducing energy consumption in our labs. In our Carlsbad, California facility we have replaced older equipment with more energy-efficient models. In 2015, we replaced 115 ultralow-temperature freezers with our Thermo Scientific™ TSX Series ultralow-temperature freezers. The new freezers use a more environmentally friendly coolant and are more spacious, allowing us to reduce the number of units to 77 and use up to 50% less energy. With this project, we have saved over 640,000 kWh of energy, reducing our carbon footprint by 441 metric tons—the equivalent of taking 93 cars off the road for one year.

Minimizing radioactivity in enzyme production

Thermo Fisher Scientific scientists developed a proprietary fluorescent resonance energy transfer (FRET) assay that helps to eliminates radioactivity in testing enzyme-based product lines. Replacing radioactive isotopes with a fluorescent dye has reduced use of radioactivity by 60% at our Carlsbad, California and Austin, Texas sites, making our employees and facilities safer. This new process has also allowed us to execute assays in half the time and with more accurate results.

This breakthrough has the potential to one day completely eliminate radioactivity in the quality control testing of many laboratory reagents.

Achieving “Zero Waste” certification at manufacturing sites

Thirteen of our manufacturing sites have been independently certified for Zero Waste. These sites are in Bedford, Massachusetts; Bleiswijk, The Netherlands; Eugene, Oregon; Framingham, Massachusetts; Frederick, Maryland; Inchinnan, Scotland; Kiryat Shmona, Israel; Marsiling, Singapore; Pleasanton, California; Regensburg, Germany; Vilnius, Lithuania; Tuas, Singapore; and Warrington, United Kingdom.

Comprehensive audits have validated that we are diverting more than 90% of the nonhazardous waste from these sites from landfill.

View our guide to creating a zero-waste facility ›