Closely measuring our environmental impact and steadily becoming more sustainable
In an era of climate emergency, doing our part to benefit our environment's well-being and protect all our resources is a must At EOS, our position as a leader in the additive manufacturing (AM) industry enables us to pursue sustainability within our organization's operations, in product development — as a value add for our customers — and to benefit the communities we live and work in.
Our Environmental Management System is not only an integral part of our operations but is also certified to the highest international standard — the DIN EN ISO 14001. This certification reflects our dedication to preserving the environment, minimizing our environmental impact, continuously improving our processes, and advancing our sustainable practices.
The Circular Path to Sustainability and Responsibility
Sustainable production, carefully considered consumption and efficient waste management form the basis for a circular economy: Products and raw materials that — in the past — would've been considered “used up” can instead be converted into new resources. This creates clear economic benefits — not just for the bottom line but also our positioning in the industry.
Our Carbon Footprint
We're currently calculating EOS’ Company Carbon Footprint (CCF) based on the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol standard. This is the starting point from which we will define our Science-based Target (SBT) for 2033: concrete carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) reduction benchmarks that we can realistically implement at EOS. Definitive insight into our corporate carbon footprint will also help us create real transparency for our stakeholders and customers.
Presently, we’re working on a worldwide carbon accounting & controlling system, which is to be embedded within EOS operations. We plan to increase our contribution to climate protection to a scientific level and in so doing to take consistent consideration of the various factors along the value chain.
For corporate sustainability reporting, we have traditionally followed the GRI standards, but are transitioning into the use of the European Sustainability Standard (ESRS), based on the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).
Responsible Energy Use Projects
Various in-progress and planned projects showcase our dedication to our responsible use of resources across the EOS global community:
At our German headquarters in Krailling, 84% of our thermal energy is generated from renewable sources: specifically, waste heat from our plant equipment obtained using cutting-edge recovery processes. That means less than a fifth of our heat energy is externally procured.
We also provide free charging stations for employees' electric vehicles at the Krailling and our production facility in Maisach, and are conducting a feasibility study to determine how to best implement our own photovoltaic system.
We've installed solar panels at our ALM polymer materials production facility in Temple, Texas.
The electricity we purchase is from 100% renewable sources.
We cooperate with Recycle It GmbH to recondition our used IT and mobile equipment for reuse.
Greater Transparency through Life Cycle Assessments
We commissioned the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics (EMI) to carry out life cycle assessments (LCAs) on the environmental impact of our products. This includes all the environmental impacts associated with a product’s production, use and disposal. Assessment categories include water consumption, water pollution, toxicity, harmful effects on humans and ozone-depleting effects. LCA studies are conducted in accordance with ISO standards 14040:2009 and 14044:2009, and we trained many of our global employees to become LCA practitioners to conduct more LCAs in-house.
Material Efficiency and Strategic Reuse
At EOS, we use raw materials sparingly, rely on recycling whenever feasible and develop internal recycling concepts for our material waste. We've also worked with local companies for years to ensure responsible waste disposal.
In Europe, we set up a return cycle to accept disused EOS machines from our customers. Our Sustainability Services department processes the returned 3D printing systems to make them suitable for reuse. Meanwhile, our powder cycle program enables our customers in the DACH region to return their used powder. Our partner KaJo Plastic collects used powder from our customers, and then processes the used polymer powder: While it may no longer be suitable for 3D printing, the resulting raw material still has value for other products and applications. Since the program launched in 2017, we've been able to create a new life cycle for 150 tons of used powder.
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We continually strive to make our company a better, healthier and more diverse place to work, while also working to benefit the communities where we live and work.
By going above and beyond our compliance benchmarks and holding all EOS employees to the highest standards, we mitigate risk and promote corporate responsibility.
EOS aims to create added value in the world through the development of sustainable products and promotion of Responsible Manufacturing practices.