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Environmental and climate protection by conviction

Protecting our environment

is a high priority for us, and we see it as our corporate responsibility to grow sustainably in harmony with the environment and society. As a technology company, Jenoptik is not in an energy-intensive sector, and produces a very small amount of emissions.

As a manufacturing company, our focus is on efficient resource management to reduce energy consumption and the ensuing greenhouse gas emissions as much as we can, using commodities and materials carefully and safely and to avoid hazardous waste as far as possible. From the very start of the development process, we paid attention to environmental aspects and the economical use of resources. Through regulated recycling and disposal, we can minimize the impact on people, the environment and nature.

The EHS department is responsible for managing and controlling environment, health and safety matters. It defines group-wide targets and framework conditions and integrates management systems into business processes. Operational implementation takes place in the divisions. Continuous review, regular internal audits and external certifications ensure that systems meet standards. Depending on their environmental relevance, selected Jenoptik companies are certified compliant with the environmental management standard ISO 14001.


Climate change is one of our biggest challenges. Climate protection is also of central importance to us as Jenoptik. As an “enabler”, our products make an indirect contribution to greater climate protection and resource conservation.
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Energy and emissions

As a technology company, Jenoptik is not in an energy-intensive sector, and produces a very low level of emissions within the site. Much of our emissions are attributable to purchased and externally purchased energy such as district heating, electricity or gas.


As a technology company, Jenoptik uses water only as a coolant, a process medium and for sanitary purposes – no large quantities of water are required for production processes. However, as part of our water management at all locations, we ensure that water consumption is kept as low as possible.
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Our aim is to avoid, as far as possible, waste from production, to recycle it and, if this is not possible, to dispose of it properly in order to keep the negative impact on the environment to a minimum. Waste is generally recycled by certified specialist waste disposal companies. Permanently implemented measures include continuous waste separation and training of employees in waste prevention.

Product responsibility

For Jenoptik, product responsibility means that our products and solutions meet the highest quality standards and are safe for people and the environment when used properly. We ensure that resources are used responsibly throughout the product live cycle. In doing so, we focus on the three fields of action: material use and energy efficiency, design and construction, and avoidance of pollutants and waste.
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Key figures

Energy consumption

Total energy consumption 2021 by energy source (in MWh)

ElectricityGasWood pelletsDistrict heatingHeating oil Energy consumption
Asia / Pacific3490000 349

Energy consumption and CO2 emissions of the main Jenoptik production sites (in MWh and t)

Energy consumptionCO2 emissions

Asia / Pacific349448237306
Total 62,22164,8177,7139,194

*Values not comparable with prior year due to higher number of Jenoptik sites included

Water consumption

Water consumption (in m3)

2021 20202019
Total72,009 69,75872,117

    Hazardous and non-hazardous waste

    Hazardous and non-hazardous waste (in t)

    Non-hazardous waste 1,2401,4391,327*
    Hazardous waste 114 122**160*
    *2019 figures for Germany only: 1,100 t of non-hazardous waste and 179 t of hazardous waste (deviation due to change in fractionation as a result of group-wide recording).

      **Deviation from the value published in the 2020 Annual Report in the amount of 106 t results from actual settlements now available

      Environmental protection

      Protecting the environment is a high priority for us, and we see it as our corporate responsibility to grow sustainably in harmony with the environment and society and to use resources and energy efficiently. Our products enable our customers to act in a resource-saving, efficient and sustainable manner.

      Environmental management is a solid part of our corporate conduct. Our suppliers and contractors are also required to comply with the applicable regulations in order to minimize environmental risks. As a manufacturing company, our focus is on

      • efficient resource management to reduce energy consumption and related greenhouse gas emissions as much as we can;
      • careful and safe use of materials;
      • avoiding waste as much as possible;
      • ensuring environmentally friendly design and economical use of resources from the development process;
      • and minimizing the impact on people, the environment and nature through regulated recycling and disposal.

      For all new constructions, extensions and modernization work of production, we comply with statutory nature and environmental protection standards and sometimes exceed them.

      3. Competition for greater sustainability


      For the 3rd time, employees are making their own individual contribution to greater sustainability at Jenoptik, implementing their projects with a focus on “environmental protection”.

      In the group-wide sustainability competition with a focus on environmental protection, Jenoptik employees can make their own contribution to the preservation of our planet and implement projects in the following categories:

      • waste / recycling / circularity
      • careful use of resources
      • energy or CO2 savings
      • biodiversity

      Successfully implemented sustainability projects

      Geoff Collins, winner of the 2020 Jenoptik sustainability competition

      Winning project 2020

      Goal: Increase biodiversity. Last year's winner was our UK team at the Camberley site of the Light & Safety division with a project in the "Biodiversity" category. By redesigning an area close to the company, targeted planting of shrubs and wildflowers and the installation of insect hotels transformed the unused grassland into a kind of recreation area for our employees, which is used for walks and yoga during breaks and provides a home for numerous insects.



      Reuse of packaging material in sensors division: foam corners and cooling packs are fed into the recycling circuit in Dresden and used for new packaging. This reduces foam waste and hazardous waste and protects our environment. Old boxes are also recycled for consignments and even coffee grounds are used as a humus in the garden.

      In addition,

      • solvent use is reduced in the production process of semiconductor lasers in Berlin Adlershof;
      • the Triptis site is transferring more plastic materials to the recycling process.
      Energy savings

      Energy savings

      LED lighting is generally installed during modernizations which creates a better working environment and saves valuable resources through a longer service life. The introduction of a compressed air control system has optimized the power consumption of compressors. The increased machine service life also saves resources and reduces repair costs. The introduction and establishment of peak load management in the transformer sector has led to savings in electricity network utilization. A brief shutdown of secondary processes (e.g., room cooling) prevents power peaks that put strain on the grid. Non-essential systems (e.g., air conditioning systems, canteen ventilation systems, refrigeration systems, etc.) are adapted to work processes for the COVID-19 pandemic and weekends or are completely switched off to save electricity.

      Environmentally friendly vehicles

      Go Green – transformation

      of the vehicle fleet to hybrid vehicles. Reduction of CO2 emissions and pollution contribute to greater environmental protection. Fuel savings and competitive vehicle prices with lower fuel costs increase efficiency.

      In addition,

      • drinking water dispensers and reusable drinking bottles are replacing the complex water ordering process at various locations, which saves time and reduces transport costs and emissions.

      Health and safety

      Safety management and health protection are important fundamentals of corporate responsibility in the Jenoptik Group and important measures when it comes to the basic needs of our employees and job satisfaction. They are firmly anchored in the operating process in order to minimize risks from the working environment that can endanger employees. The prevention of accidents in everyday work, while production facilities are operating, and on work and transport routes is our top priority.

      The EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) department is responsible for managing and monitoring all occupational, health and safety matters. It is the responsibility of the Chief Financial Officer and is available to all companies in an advisory capacity. It defines responsibilities, objectives and framework conditions, such as the “Environmental Health, Safety and Environment Group Policy” published in 2020. Jenoptik companies are responsible for implementing statutory provisions in all matters of occupational health and safety.

      Around 10 per cent of employees at all German locations are trained as first aiders. In the interests of their health and performance, our employees undergo regular occupational medical examinations. In 2021, the number of reportable workplace and commuting accidents in Germany amounted to 9.1 per 1,000 employees (previous year: 11.4), for the Group as a whole, the ratio was 9.5 – significantly below the average of 19.5 in 2020 for the other members of the Employers’ Liability Insurance Association for Energy, Textile, Electrical and Media Products.

      Pandemic management

      With the help of a pandemic and hygiene plan at all locations, the spread of infection was prevented, while the work capability was maintained in all areas. Rapid and regular exchanges between all the coronavirus task forces, keeping employees informed, but in particular the rapid introduction, implementation and consistent enforcement of hygiene measures, the offer of vaccination and opportunities for home working contributed significantly to the success.

      Occupational health management

      Operational health at Jenoptik is managed centrally in the Corporate Center in Germany, supported by local “Health Steering Committees” for the implementation of on-site measures. These include the “Move It!” initiation project, a digital movement offer for all employees, a “healthy leadership” training offer for our managers and continuous improvement of the process for company integration management.