Letter from a Leader:
One Earth, one shared pursuit of more sustainable science

 

 

Cristina Amorim

Cristina Amorim, Vice President,
EHS & Sustainability, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Performing science poses a daily dilemma for many of us―how to balance the obvious importance of scientific research with the reality that labs generate waste and are inherently resource- and energy-intensive.

The science of the global climate and environmental crisis is crystal clear; it has become a defining issue of our time. From climate change to ocean plastics, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and the effects of waste on the environment and health, life scientists are on the front lines in both developing solutions and rightfully expecting accountability from their suppliers and partners in the life science community. At Thermo Fisher Scientific, we are committed to serving our customers in sustainable ways. Whether it’s through introducing greener products, optimizing resources, or cutting waste, we are focused on improving our collective impact on the planet.

We also recognize both the environmental impact and the critical value of single-use plastics in scientific research and production; therefore, we’re partnering with industry associations, plastics recyclers, and customers to explore “closed-loop” approaches to advance recycling of lab plastics. I’m extremely proud to share that Thermo Fisher Scientific has also committed to a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. An emissions reduction target is defined as “science-based” if its goal is to keep global warming at a maximum of 2°C higher than pre-industrial levels―a focus of the landmark 2016 Paris Agreement established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

In honor of our global commitment and the 50th Anniversary of World Earth Day on April 22, 2020, we dedicate this issue of Life in the Lab to our shared pursuit of stewardship of our planet. We invite you to join us in driving more sustainable outcomes and solutions for science, and help us fulfill our Mission to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

Let’s make every day Earth Day.

 

Towards Sustainable Science

 

 

Going zero waste

Did you know we have 14 zero waste–certified facilities, and another 11 that are driving toward that goal?


 

New North American repair facility helps reduce emissions

Greta Thunberg and your thermal cycler have something in common. It has less to do with a sailboat and more to do with minimizing impact on the environment. We’re on board for that.


 

Paper cooler

Our 100% paper cooler is one step toward sustainable shipping.


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Navigate The Green Issue

 

 

Energy efficient

Did you know freezers and fridges make up for most of a lab’s energy use? Learn what we mean by “energy efficient” and things you can do now to save energy.

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Less hazardous

What does “less hazardous” really mean? Find out about how we evaluate less hazardous products and learn about the ACT label, an eco-nutrition label that helps you make greener choices for the lab.

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Sustainable packaging

Packaging design must consider how to protect the product and minimize impact on the environment. We’re started using 100% recyclable paper coolers for cold shipping and that’s only the beginning.

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Less waste

We have criteria for what “less waste” means, and it’s more than reducing what gets sent to landfills. Find out how we evaluate minimizing waste in the lab.

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