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An environment worth protecting

We are committed to energy efficiency and climate protection

We strengthen our activities using natural resources more efficiently and making a positive contribution to environmental and climate protection by relying on new technologies, increasing on renewable energies, and developing processes to reduce our impact on the environment.

Total energy use by source of energy

B. Braun is striving to continuously reduce its energy consumption through energy efficiency projects. During the continuous development of our infrastructures, we are led by state-of-the-art technology, and we align our processes accordingly. We are increasingly supplying our production facilities with renewable energy, including geothermal energy, wind and solar power, and energy from hydroelectric or biomass power plants. We evaluate the supply of energy by our utility providers regularly, at least annually, and look for solutions to increase the percentages of renewable energy.

Total energy use by source of energy in percent

 202020212022Change in percent
Renewable energy sources26.826.834.17.3
Fossil energy sources73.273.265.9-7.3


We have set the goal of reducing CO2-emissions at our B. Braun sites by a total of 50 percent by 2030. We are planning to make our new construction and buildings undergoing fundamental renovation CO2-neutral as of 2023. 

By communicating our COreduction target worldwide for the first time, we were able to spur each location into making significant contributions to COreduction using targeted energy-saving projects. Since the 2020 reporting period we had a reduction in absolute CO2-emissions (CO2-eq) of 9.6 percent.

CO2-emissions in metric kilotons CO2-eq

 202020212022Change in percent
CO2-emissions (Scope 1&2)581.7605.2528.6-9.6

New technology and the digital transformation will be crucial when it comes to shaping the world of medical technology and the health care industry of tomorrow.

Water and wastewater

Water is one of the most important resources for the production of our products. We obtain 90 percent of our water from public and private utility companies. The rest of the water comes from our own wells and surface sources. For us, minimizing water use in all of our processes is a matter of course. This particularly applies to production sites in regions where water is scarce. We regularly analyze whether B. Braun locations are located in water risk areas as defined by the World Resources Institute. At these locations, we step up measures to use water more efficiently. This includes making collected effluent reusable.

Water use

 202020212022Change in percent
Water withdrawal (in thousands of cubic meters)7,400.06,778.36,688.7-9.6
Wastewater discharge (in percent)77.477.073.6-3.8
Water consumption (in percent)22.623.026.4


We consider waste as valuable materials that we separate, recycle as often as possible, and return to the value creation cycle. On average, more than 67 percent of waste is recycled, meaning that separately collected materials are reused (recycled) according to their material properties. Adding waste that is incinerated in order to use its energy to generate heat and electricity increased our recycling rate to 87.4 percent in 2022. 

Proportion of the accumulated waste

 202020212022Change in percent
Hazardous waste (in metric kilotons)9.99.5100.9
Non-hazardous waste (in metric kilotons)50.155.851.22.3
Total waste (in metric kilotons)60.065.361.32.0
Reuse ratio (in percent)86.886.687.40.6
Recycling ratio (in percent)60.763.567.46.7

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