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Systematic analysis

Recognizing optimization potential through transparency in the product life cycle

Where do a product's raw materials come from? What do we need to manufacture it? How is it disposed of? At B. Braun, we have started to analyze the life cycle of our products.

Millions of syringes are produced in Bad Arolsen every year. Their impact on the environment can now be precisely quantified. 

“Our aim is to gain a comprehensive overview of a product's potential impact on the environment.”

Liesa Glaess, Program Manager for the Sustainable Hospital Care Portfolio.

“Health care products are not just normal consumer goods. We are talking about people's health here, and this always has the highest priority when weighing things up.”

Professor Tobias Viere, Institute for Industrial Ecology at Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

One product - many impacts

Excerpts from the life cycle analysis of an Omnifix®-F 1ml syringe. Four of the numerous environmental categories surveyed are shown here.

Climate change

Climate change

This category includes all impacts that influence climate change.

Ozone production

Ozone production

Some of the steps in the product cycle can favor the photochemical production of ozone. 

Freshwater eutrophication

Freshwater eutrophication

The nutrient input into water is recorded here. 



Acidification of water and air, broken down by stage in the project cycle.

“We had to collect around 300 data points for each article. And we had to do a lot of research for some of the data.”

Bjoern Guenther, material science expert in pre-development at B. Braun.

Where do the raw materials come from? How much energy does production require? How are they disposed of? Questions like these are answered by an LCA.

“We have 55 injection molding machines and 25 lines for printing, assembly and packaging in the factory building. We had to determine the individual electricity consumption with electricity meters, which we connected in front of each machine.”

Heiko Meuser, EHS Manager (Environment, Health and Safety) at ALMO

The production of reusable surgical scissors at the B. Braun plant in Penang. The energy requirement can also be calculated precisely here. 

“To find out exactly how used scissors are handled, we sometimes had to travel to a waste disposal company in the Ruhr area.”

Marius Menyhart, Project Manager LCA at Aesculap in Tuttlingen, Germany.