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CO₂ footprint reduced by about 40,000 metric tons*

Messer’s current Sustainability Report documents many positive developments in the areas of ecology, diversity and occupational safety and health.

* Combined figures for Messer Group and Messer Industries from 2020.

Lower CO₂ emissions

Since 2019, Messer has aligned itself with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. During that period, the company successfully improved emissions intensity expressed as the ratio of CO₂ released to sales: it fell to 1.53 metric tons* of CO₂ per 1,000 euros in 2020. A large share of that progress was due to the reduction of specific energy consumption. Plans call for lowering that consumption by another 0.7 percent per year through 2025. Although two new units were added and sales rose by more than ten percent, the company reduced the CO₂ footprint of its own plants and logistics by 40,000 metric tons*.

This result was achieved in part through continuous modernization of the air separation units and installation of local plants in direct proximity of the customers. But the company’s own CO₂ footprint is only part of the overall picture: “We contribute to environmental and climate protection through the continuous improvement of our processes. Moreover, we also focus on developing technologies that make our customers’ production methods more efficient and eco-friendlier,” explains Stefan Messer, owner and CEO of Messer Group GmbH. “We achieve this through the impact of our gas applications, with an efficient supply of gases – via on-site units, for example – or through the use of green hydrogen.”

We contribute to environ­mental and climate protection through the continuous improvement of our processes.

Stefan Messer, third generation shareholder and Chairman of the Board

Greater safety and diversity

For the past year, a Diversity Report was issued for the first time, with the goal of strengthening diversity and equal opportunity in the company. Messer promotes mixed-gender management teams and wants to increase the share of women in the first and second management levels to 30 percent* by 2030. That figure is currently 24.0 percent*. Fostering social engagement is also an important goal. Altogether, Messer supported 237 actions* in 2020.


Proportion of women in the first and second levels

in 2019


in 2020


Number of reportable occupational accidents

Employee safety significantly improved in the financial year under review. The number of reportable industrial accidents fell from 97* to 83*. It is the company’s stated objective to bring that figure down to zero as soon as possible. That is why, since 2013, there has been an annual action day at all locations worldwide. In 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Messer even organized an entire safety week, with topics ranging from early recognition of critical situations to operational discipline under pandemic conditions.

Comparable Key Performance Indicators

To make developments in the area of sustainable action measurable and comparable, Messer’s approximately 10,800-person* workforce has been working according to defined Key Performance Indicators since 2014. These KPIs are regularly reviewed and further developed if necessary. For the objective evaluation of its own sustainability performance, Messer also actively participates in the ESG ratings EcoVadis and Carbon Disclosure Project. In addition to the UN Goals, Messer has defined goals of its own.


  • 14 percent* fewer industrial accidents
  • 237 actions* to foster social engagement
  • promotion of mixed-gender management teams
  • reduced CO₂ footprint of own plants and logistics

* Combined figures for Messer Group and Messer Industries