The family-owned industrial gases specialist has published its Corporate Responsibility Report 2020, indicating a carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint reduction of about 40,000 metric tonnes.

This reduction was achieved primarily through the company’s continuous development of air separation units (ASU’s) and installation of local plants to eliminate the need for gas deliveries in large quantities.

Employee safety was also enhanced, with the number of reportable industrial accidents falling from 97 to 83. This reflects Messer’s focus on health and safety, with the company organising an annual worldwide action day, in addition to an entire safety week due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company also published an annual Diversity Report for the first time in 2020, the company expresses a desire to increase the share of women in first and second management levels to 30% by 2030.

With its US Sustainable Development Goals alignment, the family business is able to better execute a solid sustainability strategy.

By better utilising existing production plans and creating targeted projects that increase the energy efficiency while also minimising carboon footprint, the company intends to reduce the specific energy consumption of its own ASU’s, with a goal annual reduction of 0.7% through 2025.

Speaking about Messer’s environmental endeavours, Stefan Messer, owner and CEO of Messer Group GmbH, said, “We contribute to environmental and climate protection through the continuous improvement of our processes.”

“Moreover, we also focus on developing technologies that make our customers’ production methods more efficient and eco-friendly. Through the impact of our gas applications, we achieve this with an efficient supply of gases – via on-site units, for example, or the use of green hydrogen.”

By placing a strong emphasis on environmental and climate protection, Messer are keen to promote and report further on its sustainable business practices, as well as occupational safety and social engagement.