Zero Programme

The realisation that the materials we procure create the largest share of our CO2 footprint inspired Ypsomed to develop the Zero Programme. The Ypsomed Zero Programme is advancing the decarbonisation of individual product platforms.

The first customers

The first customers decided to switch to the YpsoMate Zero and will receive supplies from 2023 onwards. As a result, the YpsoMate platform is gradually being converted to Zero. The objective is to completely convert the platform and decarbonise it with bioplastics by 2030.

Decarbonisation projects are also under development for the YpsoMate 2.25 ml and UnoPen platforms as part of the Zero Programme. Ypsomed Delivery Systems thus makes a substantial contribution to Ypsomed’s net-zero targets.

Our approach

Our approach is to reduce emissions through alternative materials, to reuse packaging materials and also to offset the remaining footprint. The YpsoMate Zero, launched in 2020, is the world’s first CO2-neutral autoinjector. It was implemented on the basis of the YpsoMate platform and will now be available as from 2022. It is CO2-optimised by the usage of bioplastics from renewable sources, a new packaging concept with transport containers made from recycled PET and the neutralisation of the remaining emissions. Certification according to ISCC+ ensures that the applied mass balance procedure is correctly integrated into the company processes and is validated.

Introduction to the YpsoMate autoinjector value chain

Closing the loop for the packaging

The life cycle analysis highlights the environmental hot spots and enables evidence-based and data-driven design optimisations. The areas subject to optimisation are highlighted in blue.

Life cycle analysis to assess the total carbon emission of the YpsoMate autoinjector

Compensating the unavoidable carbon emissions

An overview of the life cycle analysis to highlight the environmental hot spots and to enable data-driven design optimisations.

Transforming the proven autoinjector into a zero carbon emission device platform

Using alternative polymers

The use of alternative materials and optimization loops along the value chain have resulted in a substantial reduction of the total carbon emission. Ypsomed's Ahueni reforestation programme that commits to the highest industry standards is used to offset the remaining carbon footprint.

Net-zero targets

Our Zero Programme and other climate commitments are guided by our ambitious short- and long-term climate objectives:

  • By 2030, we aim to achieve net zero operational CO2 emissions (Scope 1 and 2) in our operations.
  • By 2030, a selection of products are to meet net zero CO2 emissions (Scope 1 to 3).
  • By 2040 at the latest, we aim to achieve net zero CO2 emissions across our entire value creation chain (Scope 1 to 3).
World first zero-carbon autoinjector

In doing so, we take into account scientific and established guidelines according to the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi). We signed an SBTi declaration of intent in May 2021. We are presently working on concrete short- and medium-term reduction targets across the entire value creation chain.

The net zero target by 2040, ten years ahead of the Paris Climate Agreement, presents a challenge. Especially as the majority of CO2 emissions are generated outside of our operations. The primary focus of our actions is on CO2 reduction. As already initiated for the YpsoMate Zero as an exemplary measure, we are minimising CO2 emissions by using alternative materials, e.g. for the housing and also the transport containers. Our partners and suppliers will also play a decisive role in this.

Only together will we be able to tackle the global challenge and set the right course for the future with our respective contributions. However, compensation will also be necessary in addition to the reduction. Therefore, we developed our compensation principles in 2021.

Reduction comes before compensation

We invest primarily in CO2 reduction through appropriate internal and external programmes. The verifiable quality of externally supported climate protection projects must be guaranteed, with internationally recognised and certified standards (primarily Gold Standard and Verified Carbon Standard Verra).

In addition, all externally supported climate protection projects also contribute to other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With the compensation projects, we support both avoiding further emissions as well as removing them from the atmosphere and storing them permanently.