Climate-neutral by 2030

As a special glass manufacturer, SCHOTT is an energy-intensive company. Special glasses and glass ceramics are melted in large melting tanks at temperatures of up to 1,700 degrees Celsius. Until now, the melting tanks have been heated with the fossil fuels natural gas and heating oil or with electricity. A lot of energy is also required for processing of glass.

Due to this energy demand, the climate-relevant footprint is about 1 million tons of CO2e per year.

SCHOTT has set itself an ambitious goal in its new corporate strategy:


“We want to become a climate-neutral company by 2030 and thus make an active contribution to climate protection”.

Dr. Frank Heinricht,
Chairman of the Board of Management of SCHOTT AG
On its way towards climate neutrality, SCHOTT wants to avoid, reduce or compensate for climate-damaging emissions.

The action plan comprises four levers

Continuous improvement of energy efficiency
Switch to 100 percent green electricity
Technology change
Compensation of technologically unavoidable emissions
Improving energy efficiency has been an ongoing task for SCHOTT for decades. Within the framework of the proven energy management system, experts are constantly working to identify and exploit further energy-saving potential.

By 2021, SCHOTT wants to cover 100 percent of its electricity needs with renewable energy sources such as hydroelectric power, wind power, solar energy and biomass with corresponding certificates of origin. SCHOTT attaches great importance to the fact that green electricity has a high-quality certification and thus makes a strong contribution to the energy transition.

Over the long term, SCHOTT wants to completely dispense with the use of fossil fuels, as far as this is technologically feasible. Researchers and melting technologists are examining various technological solutions, including hydrogen technology.
When it comes to compensating for technologically unavoidable emissions, SCHOTT relies on its involvement in sustainable climate protection projects that are certified according to high standards.

"Reducing our carbon footprint is not only good for the environment and the climate. It also makes us an even more sustainable partner for our customers".

Dr. Jens Schulte,
Member of the Board of Management of SCHOTT AG
To calculate its climate-relevant emissions, SCHOTT considers the emission of all greenhouse gases. The company currently includes emissions from its own production (Scope 1 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol) and from purchased energy (Scope 2) in the calculation. In Scope 3, SCHOTT also takes business trips and employee commuting into account. In the medium term, the other Scope 3 emissions are then to be included, which also consider emissions in the supply chain. In order to establish comparability with regard to their climate impact, greenhouse gas emissions are expressed in CO2 equivalents (CO2e).