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Committed to the environment 

Environment management

Environmental management is an established part of our corporate activities. As a manufacturing company, we set our focus on efficient resource management to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to the best of our ability, use commodities and materials in a safe and careful manner and largely avoid producing hazardous waste.

In order to make an active contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions we want to increase the proportion of green electricity used at our main production sites to 70 to 80 percent of our total electricity requirements by 2022, expand our vehicle fleet to include vehicles with alternative drive systems and create an appropriate infrastructure at our sites for charging all battery-powered vehicles.

Environmental management


As a technology company, Jenoptik generates only small amounts of emissions within its plants (scope1); the majority of its pollutant emissions are attributable to externally sourced energy (district heating or electricity). Through the targeted purchase of renewable energies, Jenoptik will source green electricity from European hydro power throughout Germany from 2020.

Energy consumption and CO2 emission by the major Jenoptik sites (in MWh and t):

Energy consumption 2018Energy consumption 2017CO2 emissions 2018CO2 emissions 2017
Germany58,44758,348 * 8,038 8,188 *
Europe1,332 **983158 **148
Americas15,543**7,8144,455 **3,068 *
Asia / Pacific283283192192
Total75,60567,428 * 12,84311,596 *

* Corrected value due to harmonization of methodology

** Figures cannot be compared with prior year as the number of the included production sites of Jenoptik increased in 2018

Water consumption:

Jenoptik does not require large volumes of water for its manufacturing processes. Nevertheless, as part of our water management, we take care to keep water consumption as low as possible at all our sites.

Water consumption (in m3)20182017*
Communal water supply 43,76747,008
Groundwater from internal production27,02324,288
* Values are partly based on estimates


Within all divisions located in Germany, types of waste are systematically recorded and categorized, and the quantities calculated. In general, Jenoptik aims at recycling waste through certified waste management facilities. Through continuous waste separation and training of the employees on waste prevention the amount of residual waste was substantially reduced. Within the scope of our business activities, hazardous waste is also generated in the production processes, for example, electronic scrap, adhesive residues or solvents. Our goal is to avoid producing such waste generated during production as far as possible or to recycle it or, at the very least, dispose of it properly in order to minimize negative effects on the environment.

Hazardous waste (in tons):242247
Non-hazardous waste (in tons):779659

Resource management

Raw materials and careful use of resources:

As a high-tech company, Jenoptik is dependent on a wide range of raw materials. In the face of an increasing scarcity of resources, Jenoptik is committed to making sparing use of the materials it requires.

We comply with applicable regulations, for example the requirements of the European chemicals regulation REACH and the European RoHS directive, and are fully involved on associated committees. The objective of our purchasing processes is to meet all regulations relating to conflict minerals in compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act.

Many of Jenoptik’s innovative products and services make a contribution to the efficient and responsible use of resources. As a technology company, we are mostly involved in areas where our customers’ production processes and products can be made more efficient.

Laser bar handheld

Energy efficiency:

Diode lasers are one of the most efficient light sources available, with an efficiency of up to 70 percent:

  • a wide range of industry applications
  • flexibility and efficiency
  • Jenoptik laser machines are an durable and resource-saving alternative to conventional machining processes
  • accurate material processing of plastic and metal materials
RayLance LED lighting for industrial buildings

„JENOPTIK RayLance", the efficient new generation of lighting for industrial applications:

  • high performance and a long service life
  • impressive energy efficiency with a light yield about 40 percent greater than that of the previous generation
  • ideal for use in large industrial spaces such as warehouses, logistics halls and production halls
Power supply units for Patriot missile defense system

Electric motors and generators and complete power supply units:

  • extremely efficient
  • feature a very good power to weight ratio, i. e. an improved ratio between the level of electrical or mechanical energy generated and the weight of the systems
  • Jenoptik also developed an innovative hybrid power generation system for the Patriot missile defense system, ensuring a more efficient supply of energy to the Patriot launching stations in the future

Reduction of emissions:

One objective of the automotive industry is to reduce fuel consumption and pollutant emissions.

  • high-precision metrology systems can be used for rapid and accurate testing of tolerances and qualities
  • results are more precise surfaces on engine components and thus vehicles that require less fuel and are environmentally friendly
Hybrid Drive Unit

The increasingly widespread use of hybrid drive units is leading to the use of ever more complex transmissions containing a large number of new components, in turn demanding greater use of metrology.

  • for customers, this means longer life cycles and less service expenditure
  • higher product sustainability