With a focus on reducing air emission from outgoing product distribution, we are invested in and continue to find opportunities to decrease the size and weight of packaging materials while also using more efficient modes of transportation. Based on this approach, we have reduced distribution emissions by 30% as indexed to revenue in the last 10 years while maintaining our quick and safe service.
During the last several 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. Our European distribution center also recently transitioned to gel ice packs without plastic as part of a larger initiative to reduce dependence on plastic.
In the last year Promega evaluated products that currently ship on dry or gel ice that may be able to ship at room temperature. This “Ship Ambient" Project rigorously tested DNA molecular weight markers shipping at room temperature, and the results showed that there were no changes in product performance. The first phase of this project launched in early 2019 and is expected to save 17,000 kg of dry ice annually. We will continue to analyze other product lines to reduce carbon emissions during shipping and eliminate the need for foam coolers.
Success Story: Recognizing Promega KK with the Green Logistics Partnership Award
Our Japanese branch was recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry with the Green Logistics Partnership Award. This was based on Promega KK supporting Chemilogi, a logistics cooperation in Japan that specializes in distribution services for the life science industry between Tokyo and Kyoto, consolidating shipments. Promega KK was the first customer for Chemilogi, and this partnership has also reused and recycled packaging materials like polystyrene foam coolers. Promega was the only non-investing partner recognized with this award due to the consulting and support Promega has provided to Chemilogi since 2011. Chemilogi continues to grow in the regions serviced and the number of companies it works with.
Global Reach with Net Zero Emissions: The 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 the greenhouse gas emissions from the Helix® program for energy use during shipment, distribution and stocking. In 2018, the Helix® program offset 820 tons of emissions worldwide by supporting the following projects:
- Blandin Improved Forest Management Project in Minnesota, United States
- Solar Water Heating in India
Since 2010, the Helix® program has offset over 6,300 tons of carbon dioxide. To see more information and learn how to participate, please visit www.promega.com/helix