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Environmental Protection

Our contribution to reducing waste and carbon dioxide.

Our contribution to the environment

Objective and goals – for our customers and our environment

Our objective is to make laboratory work simple, easy, and efficient by providing innovative products and perfect quality. In doing so, we never lose sight of protecting our environment  during the production and use of our products. We focus on saving as many resources as possible in production (Reduce) by designing our products to be long-lasting and maintenance-friendly (Reuse) and sensibly utilizing waste that we cannot avoid (Recycle).

 

For the key area of greenhouse gas emissions, we support the sectoral targets of the German Federal Climate Change Act and the underlying principles of the Paris Agreement based on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

 

Our goal is to reduce the absolute greenhouse gas emissions of our activities at our production site by 70% from 2020 to 2030 (Scope 1 and 2). We monitor, actively manage and report the GHG emissions of our sole production site (Wertheim, Germany) annually based on ISO 14064-1 and GHG Protocol Scope 1 and 2. For the calculation of GHG emissions, we use validated external data from our energy vendors or based on international database EFDB (IPCC Emission Factor Database) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). All sources of GHG according to ISO 14064-1 within Scope 1 and 2 are reviewed at least annually.

 

We continually reduce our electric energy intensity (kWh per Mio EUR sales) by 4% annually at our sole production site from 2020 to 2030.

Award as a sustainable company

For the second time BRAND GMBH + CO KG has successfully participated in the sustainability ranking of the EcoVadis evaluation platform. According to EcoVadis, BRAND is among the top 5 percent of comparable companies evaluated and is awarded gold status for this. The more than 300 evaluation criteria include not only climate and environmental protection, but also good working conditions, ethical behavior and sustainable procurement.

 

BRAND achieves above-average results in all areas. The consistent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in recent years contributes to the good rating, as do flexible, family-friendly working time models or increasingly sustainable procurement.

Reduce – Reuse – Recycle

Reduce – resource-saving production

At BRAND, intelligent resource management is a certified part of our company guidelines. Our environmental management system has been certified according to DIN EN ISO 14001 since 1998. Therefore, we are committed to continuously optimizing our environmental performance. In addition, our energy management system has also been certified according to DIN EN ISO 50001 since 2015. This makes us one of the pioneers in our industry for the intelligent use of energy.

BRAND uses 100 % renewable energy from certified hydroelectric power plants. With the Wertheim public utility company, we have found a regional partner to help us achieve this. We produce some of our own electricity as a by-product of the heat generated in our combined heat and power unit. This is an efficient use of energy.

To prevent unnecessary packaging, we try as much as possible to have our production materials delivered in reusable packages, which are then returned to the supplier and refilled multiple times. To prevent long transport routes, we work with regional suppliers to procure many of our production materials.

Our pipette tips also demonstrate how we are working to increase the resource efficiency of consumables. We developed a production method that allows us to manufacture our tips in an especially thin-walled design, which in turn saves materials. With the TipRack refilling system, we have also reduced the amount of waste by more than 20 % when compared with the TipBox.

Reuse – long-lasting and maintenance-friendly products

Using high-quality products as long as possible directly contributes to environmental protection, as we prevent the consumption of resources which are needed for the production of new products.

Quality and longevity have always been a characteristic feature of BRAND liquid handling instruments. In many laboratories, our Dispensette® S bottle-top dispensers have been in use for a decade or longer – the high-quality materials of the parts, which are in contact with media and crucial to the function of the instruments, make this possible.

Even in the case of life science consumables, there are ways to use products multiple times. Our solid TipBoxes can, of course, be refilled with pipette tips over and over again and they can be autoclaved multiple times at 121 °C.

The micropipette Transferpette® S demonstrates how we contribute to the long service life of instruments through simple maintenance and repair. On single-channel pipettes, the ejector and shaft can be removed and cleaned in a few seconds. Due to their patented design, the individual shafts of multi-channel instruments are also easy to unscrew, making them simple to clean and replace.

Recycle – recycling with a system

A lot of our packaging has already been recognized by our customers as “sustainable packaging”.

For much of our product packaging, we use cardboard with a recycling rate of around 90 % and we are working to become even more environmentally friendly in this area.

With the TipBoxes of our pipette tips, our customers can also contribute to recycling valuable resources. The entire TipBox is made of pure polypropylene and is completely recyclable. This also applies to the corresponding TipRack refill system, which is made of polyethylene.

accu-jet® S, amethyst, incl. universal AC adapter (100-240 V/50-60 Hz)

The accu-jet® S pipette controller brings versatility and endurance to your team. It makes lab work simple, easy, and efficient, whether you work with cell cultures, in quality control or in a pharma lab. Precise pipetting of large and small volumes is easy due to single handed control of pipetting speed for fast, powerful aspiration, accurate meniscus setting, or precise dispensing of small volumes. Thanks to the precise control, you always achieve the required volume spot-on when working with graduated or bulb pipettes. If you need extra power or precision, motor speed is controlled on the fly with one hand, choose between gravity-delivery (for pipettes calibrated "to deliver") or powered blow-out delivery (for pipettes calibrated “to contain”). Convenient functions support efficient work with minimum interruptions. You can typically work for 8 hours of continuous pipetting without recharging*, and the accu-jet® S can be used while charging. Even during short breaks, the accu-jet® S saves time. With the integrated rest position, you can place the instrument on the benchtop on its back with an inserted pipette. The instrument remains ready to use and accessible for you to continue your work at your convenience. Efficient use of resources is what the accu-jet® S is all about. It is designed to make routine service tasks such as membrane filter replacement, adapter change, or battery replacement simple and easy for you. This and the robust design make it the perfect choice for long reliable service. The valve system ensures that no vapors remain inside the instrument, thus preventing corrosion. The membrane filter and check valve prevent liquid from accidentally getting into the instrument. Packaging and production use sustainable solutions. The packaging contains more than 90% recycled material, and manufacturing is powered from renewable sources. Find out more about the versatility and endurance of the accu-jet® S and how it makes your work in the lab simple, easy, and efficient. Technical details:- For glass and plastic pipettes from 0.1 to 200 ml- Ergonomic handgrip and perfectly balanced design- Battery with intelligent charging technology and two color charge indicator- Four attractive colors *continuous aspiration and delivery with a 10 ml

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Transferpette® S, Pipette sets, adjustable, Pipette package 2: D-10 (0,5-10µl), D-100 (10-100µl), D-200 (20-200µl), D-1000 (100-1000µl), D-5000 (500-5000µl), Benchtop rack (carousel for 6 devices), DE-M

The Transferpette® S air displacement pipette allows you to work efficiently and ergonomically with both small and large volumes. Low operating forces and a short stroke ensure relaxed pipetting, even during long pipetting series. Due to its perfect ergonomics, the Transferpette® S provides a comfortable grip in any hand position, whether you are right- or left-handed, or have big or small hands. Changing your grip is not necessary, since the microliter pipette provides true one-hand operation: set the volume, pipette, eject the tip.The volume-change protection is also easy to operate with gloves on and protects your set volume against accidental adjustment. The Transferpette® S also features Easy Calibration technology, which makes calibration a breeze. Calibration can be carried out without tools. A compatibility table shows which tips fit which device, so that you always order the correct pipette tips.Einsatzgrenzen: Operating temperature of instrument and reagent should be between +15 °C and +40 °C (59 °F to 104 °F) (other temperatures upon request) Vapor pressure up to 500 mbar Viscosity: 260 mPa s For viscous media, the speed must be adjusted if necessary.

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Transferpette® electronic, DE-M, 0.5-10 µl, power adapter Europe (100-240V/50-60Hz)

Transferpette® electronic pipettes combines the globally proven properties of mechanical piston operated air displacement pipettes by BRAND with the advantages of an electronic device.Features:The pipette shaft can be unscrewed and is entirely autoclavable (121 °C).Five convenient programs: pipetting, reverse pipetting, mixing, GEL-Electrophoresis and dispensing.Easy Calibration-Technique for making quick adjustments of the Transferpette® electronic, without tools.Einsatzgrenzen:Operating temperature of instrument and reagent should be between +15 °C and +40 °C (59 °F to 104 °F) (other temperatures upon request)Vapor pressure up to 500 mbarViscosity: 260 mPa sFor viscous media, the speed must be adjusted if

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Dispensette® S, Digital, DE-M, 0.1-1ml, without recirculation valve

Whether you are dispensing solvents, acids, alkalis or saline solutions – the Dispensette® S bottle-top dispenser makes it easy, safe and efficient.With both the Dispensette® S and Dispensette® S Organic, you will always have the right dispenser at hand for a wide range of media. For efficient volume adjustment, you can choose between digital and analog adjustment, or fixed volume. Do you dispense long series, sterile applications or moisture-sensitive media? With numerous accessory options, the Dispensette® S also offers efficient solutions for special applications. Dispensette® S (red color-code): Ideal for dispensing aggressive reagents, including concentrated bases and acids such as H3PO4, H2SO4 (except e.g., HCl, HNO3 und HF), saline solutions, as well as many organic solvents. Digital design: Especially easy to read digital display. The selected dosed volume can be adjusted precisely and is easy to reproduce. Easy calibration technology for adjustment in seconds without tools. Automatic designation if factory default changed. Einsatzgrenzen: Operating temperature from +15 °C to +40 °C (from 59 °F to 104 °F) of instrument and reagent Vapor pressure up to max. 600 mbar. Aspirate slowly above 300 mbar, in order to prevent the liquid from boiling Kinematic viscosity up to 500 mm² /s (dynamic viscosity [mPas] = kinematic viscosity [mm² /s] x density [g/cm³) Density up to 2.2

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Working together to protect the environment

Besides the measures outlined, there are a number of other small-scale activities that we engage in to contribute to environmental protection.

We provide our employees with a water dispenser and reusable water bottles at no charge and thus do our part to prevent plastic waste by not using PET bottles. We have also planted a flower meadow for bees and butterflies on part of the business premises.

BRAND uses 100 % renewable energy from certified hydroelectric power plants. With the Wertheim public utility company, we have found a regional partner to help us achieve this. This saves 1,000 tons of CO2 per year compared with 2019. The other companies in the Brand Group also rely to clean energy from renewable sources. Our CO2 numbers are impressive: by saving  energy, switching to our new combined heat and power unit and using green energy, we will cut our CO2 emissions in half in 2021 compared to 2019.

100 % electricity from renewable sources

Flower meadows for bees and bumblebees on the factory premises

Avoiding plastic waste

We are convinced that environmental protection will be a very important topic in the laboratory of the future, and we will consistently align our corporate strategy accordingly.


As part of the Brand Group, we are working closely with VACUUBRAND and VITLAB to collectively and sustainably develop this environmental strategy.

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