• Ground-breaking net zero mass spectrometer is first product developed under IsoFootprint initiative to reduce CO₂ emissions for more sustainable science

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Ground-breaking net zero mass spectrometer is first product developed under IsoFootprint initiative to reduce CO₂ emissions for more sustainable science

Oct 05 2021

Thermo Scientific’s cutting-edge Delta Q Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (IRMS) is a gas IRMS which performs detailed analysis with an enhanced level of precision. Along with its much improved specifications, which includes an upgrade in software to Qtegra ISDS to significantly enhance ease-of-use and lab productivity, the Delta Q's carbon footprint will be neutralised, enabling lab personnel to work, whilst minimising environmental impact. This is the first product to be launched under the IsoFootprint campaign, an initiative to erradicate COâ‚‚ emissions caused by the manufacture and supply chain of all inorganic IRMS products. The Inorganic MS team at Thermo Fisher is determined to remove all embodied carbon in their new instrumentation, utilising technologies, such as direct air capture and bio-oil sequestration, that lock away carbon from the atmosphere permanently.

According to Chris Cascella, general manager, inorganic mass spectrometry, chromatography and mass spectrometry, Thermo Fisher Scientific ‘By 2026, our IOMS instruments will become carbon neutral, removing 4500 tCOâ‚‚e from the atmosphere each year. This is a bold, but necessary step – world-class science should not be at a cost to the Earth."

"Across industries, most products come with a carbon footprint, and direct air capture provides a mechanism to permanently eliminate this," said Steve Oldham, CEO of Carbon Engineering, a direct air capture company working with Thermo Fisher as part of the IsoFootprint initiative.


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