Restoring the health of our planet, together
The world is facing critical challenges connected to climate change. Protecting the planet is our responsibility and a necessity. Seeking opportunities in every corner of our business and new ways to empower our customers, we will rethink and reduce, cut our carbon footprint by 50% by 2025, and manage our environmental impact.
Cutting our carbon footprint
Businesses must play a major role in combatting climate change. Materialise is determined to lead the way in the 3D printing industry. By 2023, we will develop and submit science-based targets, and by 2025, we will cut our 17,800* tonnes of 2019 greenhouse gas emissions from our worldwide operations by 50%.
*Scope 1: 1,600; Scope 2: 4,500; Scope 3: 11,600 tonnes CO2e
Rethinking and reducing
By rethinking our production and consumption habits, we can minimize waste in all its forms – time, energy, material – and increase reusing and recycling. By 2025, our production waste as compared to output will be less than 5%, and by 2030, of the products we print, 98% will be recyclable. Our overall goal is to streamline our own processes and through dynamic collaboration and innovation, support our customers to do the same.
Optimizing production processes
Guided by our extensive experience in AM process control, we enable our customers to optimize their production processes. Recent innovations like our Bluesint PA 12 laser sintering material, which is made with 100% re-used powder, and our Materialise Process Tuner software help eliminate waste in the 3D printing process.
Now, we're taking the next step. Alongside our new partners at Arkema, we are extending the life cycle of polyamide powder by turning unsalvageable waste powder into pellets for use in injection molding.
Reducing will come through a focus on the largest contributors to our footprint, Scope 3 and Scope 2 emissions (GHG Protocol), and new initiatives including a carbon budget, sustainable travel policy, and conversion to green energy.
Continued research and innovations such as our Bluesint PA12 will support these changes.
Any remaining carbon emissions will be offset in a way that sustainably supports the communities in which we do business.
Managing our environmental impact
Through our Environmental Policy and our ISO 14001:2015 certificate, we have made an official commitment to protect the environment and to comply with European environmental legislation, regulations, and customer-specific requirements in all of our operations, processes, and services.
Explore our other focus areas
Our aim is to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. As well as working to restore the health of our planet, we also focus on the following areas: