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We care about our environment:
We assume responsibility for
protecting the climate

Learn how, with the help of carbon credits, Bosch Healthcare Solutions as a company is CO₂ neutral with the entire Vivatmo product range, from the Vivatmo oxycap consumer product to the Vivatmo me and Vivatmo pro devices, and thus contributes to protecting the environment.

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Bosch is committed to sustainability

The sustainability strategy of Robert Bosch GmbH

Bosch has a long tradition of contributing to public welfare and to environmental protection and climate action. Particularly in light of the increased challenges arising from climate change, Bosch has been pursuing ambitious climate action targets since 2020. These are implemented at company level through climate-neutral development and administration. Click here to read the Bosch Sustainability Report 2021.

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Bosch wants to keep the environmental impact of its internal corporate operations to a minimum. To live up to this aspiration, Bosch has been operating a global environmental management system for many years, which focuses on saving water and establishing a reliable circular economy. The scope of activities also includes upstream supply chains as well as the different phases of the product life cycle.

Bosch’s corresponding sustainability vision includes four levers: improving energy efficiency, generating more energy from renewable sources, expanding the purchase of green electricity, and offsetting unavoidable CO2 emissions with carbon credits. Bosch has always viewed energy efficiency and reductions of emissions as opportunities for innovation and competitive differentiation.

Bosch Healthcare Solutions pursues these goals

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As a wholly-owned subsidiary, Bosch Healthcare Solutions has anchored this aspiration in its sustainability vision since 2020. Since then, our development and administration have been climate neutral. Our production exclusively uses green electricity.

By making entire Vivatmo product range CO2 neutral, from the Vivatmo oxycap consumer product to the Vivatmo me and Vivatmo pro breath analysers, we aim to make a further important contribution to climate action. To achieve this, as the basis for CO2 neutrality we evaluated the CO2 emissions of the products in each phase of their life cycle, from production through to disposal. Among the evaluated aspects are, for example, the use of raw materials, CO2 consumption during manufacturing, for packaging, transport, and in the use phase up to the end of the product’s life cycle.

With Vivatmo, we want to make therapy management easier for asthmatics. For monitoring chronic respiratory diseases with the Vivatmo breath analysers, the sterile and vacuum-packed disposable mouthpieces (oxycaps) are indispensable, as are the intuitive FeNo measuring devices (Vivatmo me and Vivatmo pro). In order to obtain correct measurement results and to guarantee optimum hygiene, the disposable mouthpieces are intended exclusively for single use. While multiple use would be desirable for sustainability reasons, it is currently not feasible. That is why carbon offsets applying the Gold Standard are used to make the oxycaps CO2 neutral.

With our products, we improve the quality of peoples' lives. This is reflected equally in our commitment to climate protection.

Marc Meier, CEO Bosch Healthcare Solutions GmbH

Our approach for carbon-neutral products

When selecting carbon offset projects, we exclusively use internationally recognized certifications of the Gold Standard Foundation. The product emissions are thus allocated to specific projects, which are presented below. Both the calculated CO2 emissions and the projects are subsequently verified by an independent body.

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2022 – Protecting forests to prevent CO2 emissions caused by deforestation

CO2 emissions caused by deforestation and the associated changes in land use are thought to be responsible for 10 to 15% of global CO2 emissions. The largest REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) project to date was initiated back in 2011.

It offers farmers and the local population an additional source of income and thus sustainably improves living conditions in the Zimbabwe region. At the same time, it places the local communities in a better position to counteract the effects of climate change.

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Presentation of the forest conservation project

Presentation of the forest conservation project

The Kariba REDD+ forest conservation project is helping to conserve almost 785,000 hectares of forest on the southern shore of Lake Kariba. The largest registered REDD+ project in terms of area connects four national parks and eight safari reserves, thus forming a giant biodiversity corridor that protects vast swathes of forest and endangered species, such as lions, elephants and the southern ground hornbill.

The forest conservation activities prevent the large-scale clearing of forest areas. Thus, on the one hand, the existing forest continues to act as an active CO2 sink and, on the other, no additional CO2 is emitted through the burning of cleared timber.

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Socio-economic effects

Socio-economic effects

The project is firmly anchored in the population and is also managed independently by the four local Rural District Councils (RDCs) Nyaminyami, Binga and Mbire. The project supports social and economic development programs for the local population, including improved equipment for clinics, the construction of new boreholes, and the expansion of infrastructure.

The poorest communities also receive grants, allowing them to attend school. The people in Kariba also benefit from new jobs and alternative sources of income as a result of the project.

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Continuous development

Continuous development

Thanks to ongoing support, this pioneering project has been able to deliver environmental, social, and economic benefits on a large scale for over a decade. During this time, it has successfully protected Zimbabwe’s forests, reduced carbon emissions, empowered local communities socially and economically, and preserved the region’s most endangered species.

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2021 – Drilling boreholes to save CO2 emissions

Through our actions to promote sustainability, we also made an important contribution with Gold Standard to positive development in Rwanda in 2021.

Learn here how the restoration of boreholes significantly improved the living conditions of Rwandan communities:

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Presentation of the borehole project

Presentation of the borehole project

Rwanda is a densely populated landlocked country in eastern Africa. Due to its topography, it is also known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills”.

The lack of clean water is a common problem among the Rwandan population, typically leading to poor sanitation, health, and hygiene, and making it a major but often overlooked driver of poverty.

To obtain clean water, families frequently have to trek over long distances and subsequently boil it over wood fires, which poses an additional problem because it leads to high CO2 emissions.

This project was initiated in order to avoid the direct release of CO2 into the atmosphere. To this end, existing boreholes were rehabilitated and repaired.

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Socio-ecological effects

Socio-ecological effects

Boreholes provide a sustainable solution for obtaining clean water. Since the water no longer needs to be boiled, the project substantially reduces greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation of the surrounding forest areas to provide firewood. The project also brings health benefits for the local population, as women and children in particular often suffer from respiratory diseases as a result of constantly inhaling smoke. These can be prevented by drawing water from boreholes.

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Outcome of the project

Outcome of the project

The borehole project provides a direct source of clean drinking water to Rwandan communities. Each borehole is up to 100 m deep and can be operated using a simple handpump. Furthermore, all boreholes are maintained for the full duration of the project.

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2020 - From landfill to a source of green energy

Through our actions to promote sustainability, we also made an important contribution with Gold Standard to positive environmental development in China.

Learn here how the recovery of landfill gas from a landfill site for the generation of clean energy significantly improved the living conditions of the population in a provincial Chinese town:

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Landfill gas project

Background information

The landfill gas project is located in a partly industrialized region in Jiangsu province near the city of Suzhou, which is known as “Venice of the East”.

China’s burgeoning towns and cities and emerging economy pose a major logistical challenge not only in relation to energy and goods supply, but also when it comes to waste management and the resulting environmental impacts.

One major problem is the decomposition of organic materials in landfillls. This leads to high emissions of methane gas, a greenhouse gas 21 times stronger than CO2. This project was launched in order to mitigate the damage caused to the environment by methane emissions and at the same time to exploit its potential as a sustainable energy source. To this end, modern technologies were deployed and the workforce received special training.

As a result of the landfill gas project, the region now benefits from environmentally friendly waste disposal and sustainable local energy supply. There are also positive side effects for the local population, for example through support of educational programs and institutions in the region.

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Socio-economic effects

Positive side effects

  • A mobile health station offers the local population free examinations and treatment once a month.
  • A scholarship scheme for the local vocational college was sponsored in order to promote higher education in the region.
  • Operation of the facility has created 20 new jobs; during the construction phase up to 54 people were employed.
  • The project sponsor provides job opportunities for disabled people. For example a deaf person is in charge of the maintenance and repair of the gas pipelines.
  • Qualified local workers had the opportunity to exchange experiences with representatives from Australia and New Zealand, allowing them to learn from one another and promote international technology transfer.

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Side effects

Ecological effects

Positive side effects

  • More than 80% of China’s electricity is generated in coal-fired power plants. In this country with its strong dependency on coal, the project contributes to improving air and soil quality and conserving water resources.
  • Thanks to the deployment of state-of-the-art landfill gas utilization technology, the project helps to promote progressive green technologies in urban infrastructure.
  • Safety at the landfill was improved thanks to efficient capture and use of combustible methane gas.
  • The project has made a significant contribution to improving the region’s air quality, not only by eliminating the unpleasant odor from the previously open landfill, but also the emission of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), ammonia (NH3) and other harmful gases.
  • The project owners created a park area for leisure activities adjacent to the formerly open landfill. As soon as the landfill is fully covered, the park will be extended, impressively demonstrating the transformation “from landfill to a source of green energy”.

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