How our partners are focusing on sustainability - ZEISS

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How our partners are focusing on sustainability – ZEISS

Climate change and its impacts are ever-present. ZEISS is therefore committed to ambitious sustainability goals. These include carbon-neutral energy sourcing by 2022 and striving to reach CO2-neutrality in all own activities worldwide by 2025.

Beyond saving resources, responsibility includes driving sustainable development while continuing to innovate to create a positive impact for customers and consumers. For ZEISS, responsibility, sustainability, and economic success have always been inseparably linked. ZEISS also focuses on the expectations and needs that our customers, business partners, employees, and the community place on us.

ZEISS Australia and New Zealand are committed to achieving these goals by anchoring sustainable actions in the organisation, making it measurable and developing it further.

ZEISS Vision ANZ is housed in the Tonsley Innovation District in South Australia. Zeiss’s program to drive sustainability is based on three key pillars: energy consumption, water consumption, plastic waste.
ZEISS Vision ANZ is fortunate to be located in a technology park in Tonsley, with access to renewable energy. ZEISS is currently operating at 100% renewable solar energy.

Where water consumption is concerned, ZEISS has moved away from wet-edging, which involves cutting lenses using a diamond wheel where water acts as a lubricant and wastewater goes down the drain. With ZEISS now using dry-edging with a computerised manufacturing process, there is zero waste water.

The ZEISS Tonsley site produces zero landfill. ZEISS works with waste disposal providers to recycle or repurpose waste. The target is to eliminate landfill across all four Australian and New Zealand sites. But not all initiatives that contribute to sustainable practice are major.

Small projects, like reducing paper, moving away from printing, and recycling are in every facet of the business. ZEISS has a large recycling program in place, including recycling cardboard boxes and packaging materials, and printing marketing point-of-sale materials on recycled materials. Its packaging materials are also produced using recycled materials.