Sustainability in the Lab
Recorded On: 04/27/2020
Laboratory operations are energy and resource intensive. For some years now, awareness has been increasing and solutions such as sustainable laboratory buildings and equipment that use less energy and resources are being worked on. But what about consumables in the lab? Approximately 5.5 million tons of plastic waste are produced every year in life sciences laboratories alone, according to a study from 2015. This includes items like pipette tips, nitrile gloves, cell culture flasks, etc. . Which opportunities do scientists have to reduce plastic consumption without jeopardizing the results of their experiments? In addition, a closer look will be taken at the supply chain and the question discussed where improvements could be achieved.
Kerstin Hermuth-Kleinschmidt, Ph.D.
Kerstin Hermuth-Kleinschmidt holds a PhD in chemistry. After several years in the life sciences industry as account manager and in technical customer support, she turned her attention to the topic of sustainability and obtained an additional qualification in the field of "Environmental Management and Environmental Economics" at the University of Koblenz-Landau. The focus of her work is the implementation and monitoring of sustainability processes in the life sciences – in the lab as well as in life sciences companies. As a speaker and author of publications, she focuses on various aspects of sustainability, especially on the topic "Sustainability in research and laboratory". She also participated in the development of EGNATON-CERT, the first certification system for sustainable laboratory technologies, and is now part of the auditing team.