VENLO, Netherlands & HILDEN, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--QIAGEN N.V. (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced its commitment to a science-based target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 in order to help limit global warming to 1.5˚C. This move supports the goals set out by the Paris Climate Agreement and marks an important milestone in QIAGEN’s sustainability efforts.
“Social and environmental responsibility are vital to our business. In pledging to become carbon neutral by 2050, we are taking these commitments to the next level and embedding environmental sustainability in everything we do.”
Tweet this QIAGEN’s ambition to reach net-zero by 2050 applies to its entire value chain and fulfills the criteria of the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a partnership between the non-profit disclosure specialist CDP, United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
The commitment calls for QIAGEN by 2030 to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by at least 40% and Scope 3 emissions by at least 10% on the way to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 using 2020 as a baseline.
QIAGEN is joining more than 2,000 companies and other groups in the United Nations’ Race to Zero Campaign anchored through SBTi’s “Business Ambition for 1.5˚C” initiative.
“Our commitment strengthens QIAGEN’s ambition to reduce carbon emissions and do our part to hold global warming to 1.5˚C compared to pre-industrial times. Helping to create a sustainable future is at the core of our vision of making improvements in life possible,” said Thierry Bernard, Chief Executive Officer of QIAGEN N.V. “Social and environmental responsibility are vital to our business. In pledging to become carbon neutral by 2050, we are taking these commitments to the next level and embedding environmental sustainability in everything we do.”
QIAGEN plans to achieve net zero status by cutting direct and indirect emissions throughout its operations. This goal is planned to be achieved through a series of measures - including transitioning facilities to renewable energy, implementing energy-saving measures, minimizing waste in operations, factoring carbon footprints into product development, and working with suppliers and logistical operators to reduce their carbon footprints.
A shrinking carbon footprint is just one key aspect of QIAGEN’s sustainability initiatives, which are reflected in QIAGEN having a PRIME rating from ISS ESG. Other aspects include a pledge to cut plastic use in packaging for products, a steadfast dedication to being socially responsible toward communities, and unwavering support for creating a diverse and inclusive working environment.
“Factoring social and environmental problems into day-to-day business is not about putting up with them as best-avoided costs that only add to the price of doing business,” said Dr. Angelika Storm, Head of ESG Strategy and Impact Programs at QIAGEN. “It is about recognizing them as an investment into being able to continue operating as a company.”
For more information on QIAGEN’s sustainability initiatives, please visit our website at https://www.qiagen.com/us/sustainability.
QIAGEN N.V., a Netherlands-based holding company, is the leading global provider of Sample to Insight solutions that enable customers to gain valuable molecular insights from samples containing the building blocks of life. Our sample technologies isolate and process DNA, RNA and proteins from blood, tissue and other materials. Assay technologies make these biomolecules visible and ready for analysis. Bioinformatics software and knowledge bases interpret data to report relevant, actionable insights. Automation solutions tie these together in seamless and cost-effective workflows. QIAGEN provides solutions to more than 500,000 customers around the world in Molecular Diagnostics (human healthcare), Applied Testing (primarily forensics), Pharma (pharma and biotech companies) and Academia (life sciences research). As of September 30, 2021, QIAGEN employed approximately 6,000 people in over 35 locations worldwide. Further information can be found at http://www.qiagen.com.
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