We look for ways to reduce air emission from outgoing product distribution with continuous focus on decreasing the size and weight of packaging materials. This approach, combined with using efficient modes of transportation, reduces emissions and maintains our quick and safe service. As a result, we have seen a 26% reduction in distribution emissions as indexed to revenue in the last 10 years.
Over the last few years, we have transitioned to smaller shipping boxes and made packaging improvements that minimize weight, optimize dry and gel ice requirements and use more sustainable materials.
Ambient Shipping Initiative
In the last year Promega launched the ‘Ship Ambient Project’ to transition select product lines that currently ship on dry or gel ice to room temperature or ‘ambient’ shipping. Rigorous testing of DNA molecular weight markers shipped at room temperature showed no changes to product performance. The first phase of this project launched in early 2019 and saved 12,700 kg of dry ice, avoided 32 metric tons of carbon dioxide and eliminated the need for more than 3,000 EPS coolers. We are currently analyzing additional product lines for this transition to further reduce carbon emissions and minimize waste.
Net Zero Emissions from our Helix ® On-Site Stocking System
Our state-of-the-art, on-site Helix® inventory management system reduces emissions through precise consolidated restocking shipments. The Helix® program uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology that tracks product use in real time, and results in more efficient shipping practices. This automated inventory management system ensures that customers have uninterrupted access to supplies while reducing the effect on our planet.
In addition, Promega purchases carbon credits to offset all greenhouse gas emissions from the Helix® program, including energy usage and distribution of units and product stocking. In 2019, Helix® on-site stocking offset 650 tons of emissions worldwide by supporting the following projects:
- Blandin Improved Forest Management Project in Minnesota, United States
- Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve REDD+ in Indonesia
Since 2010, the Helix® program has offset nearly 7,000 tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the emissions from 160,000 barrels of oil. To see more information and learn how to participate, please visit www.promega.com/helix.