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Committed to the environment 

Environment management

Effective environmental management goes hand in hand with a strong commitment to the world around us and is an established part of our corporate activities. We are dedicated to conserving resources, to climate protection, and to energy efficiency. Beyond this, we also require that our suppliers and contract partners comply with applicable environmental protection regulations.

Environmental management


Jenoptik has been conducting a CO₂ life cycle assessment based on consumption of electricity, district heating, gas, heating oil and wood pellets for all its German locations since 2010. CO₂ emissions came to 8,565 tons in 2016. All the segments at the Jena, Triptis and Berlin locations use green electricity. Starting in 2017, this data will also be published for major group companies abroad.

Energy consumption of the Jenoptik sites in Germany (in megawatt hours):


Wood pallets772
Long-distance heating10.621
Heating oil264
Total energy consumption56.348

Technology Campus in Rochester Hills

Building with the environment:

Jenoptik implements statutory requirements relating to nature conservation and environmental protection for new buildings, extensions and the modernization of existing production facilities. State-of-the-art technologies for saving resources and protecting the environment are applied when fitting out production facilities, for example. On all its construction activities, Jenoptik is increasingly focusing attention on improving energy efficiency.

The new building in Michigan was fitted with the latest sensor-controlled LED lighting for the offices and production environment, as well as special energy-saving heating and air-conditioning equipment. The insulation values are better than current requirements, which is attributable to the heat insulation used.


Throughout the Group in Germany, types of waste are systematically recorded and quantified. In 2016, 183 tons of hazardous waste were disposed of through the transportation of hazardous goods to waste treatment/disposal plants (prior year 185 tons). The quantity of non-hazardous waste came to 620 tons (prior year 559 tons), primarily due to the relocation of the Defense & Civil Systems division at the Wedel location.

Hazardous waste (in tons):225242247185183
Non-hazardous waste (in tons):960779659559620

Resource management

Raw materials and careful use of resources:

As a technology company, Jenoptik is dependent on a wide range of raw materials. In the face of an increasing scarcity of resources, it is both an ecological imperative and good economic sense for the Group to make efficient use of the materials it requires. This is why we continuously work to reduce the consumption of resources in our manufacturing processes.

We comply with applicable regulations and are fully involved on associated committees to ensure we use these materials in a responsible manner.

Many of Jenoptik’s innovative products make a contribution to the efficient and responsible use of resources. As a B2B provider, we are mostly involved in the areas where our customers’ production processes and products can be made more efficient. The examples below from our three segments illustrate this:

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