Harnessing the opportunities offered by digitalization, Messer continues to minimize its carbon footprint by using technologies such as fine-tuned control systems to manage energy consumption in its air separation units (ASUs).
Although it is more focused on reducing emissions, power shortages in Asia and growing sales have seen the company’s CO2 emissions intensity level off at around 1.5 metric tonnes CO2e ( CO2 equivalent emissions) per €1,000 of turnover in 2021.
Having already adopted the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2019, Messer started this year to measure the indirect CO2 emissions of its production plants (Scope 2).
Commenting on the company’s efforts to advance sustainability, Stefan Messer, third generation shareholder, CEO of Messer SE & Co. KGaA, said: “Climate neutrality is a long-term journey that can only be undertaken as a team, with all our partners. shareholders.”
Other steps taken by the company include its efforts to advance clean hydrogen, the use of oxy-fuel burners to reduce carbon emissions in manufacturing, and strengthening the sustainability of food supply chains through food grade gases.
“At Messer, we not only work on our own processes, but we also develop innovative solutions with our customers and business partners to meet current and future challenges,” added Messer.
The company has also sought to create a bias-free work environment by implementing mixed leadership teams.
By achieving gender parity on its Supervisory Board in 2021, the company increased the share of women in the first and second management levels by 1%, to 25.1%.
To help employees become aware of “unconscious bias” towards others, the company has also implemented a mandatory and comprehensive international training program, which will be expanded later this year.
The full 2021 Corporate Sustainability Report is available here.