Nrw under pressure: more tax millions for qiagen?

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The corona test manufacturer Qiagen, which has come under fire for tax practices, wants further funding from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2019, Qiagen gilded his boss’s departure with more than 40 million euros.

By Petra Blum and Massimo Bognanni, WDR

The next application has already been submitted. The Dutch biotech company Qiagen would like to receive a further 19 million euros in tax money from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. So far, things have looked good for the corona test manufacturer, which employs around 1200 people at its German location in Hilden. After all, the NRW ministers for health and economy recently praised Qiagen as a "pioneer" during an on-site visit. At that time, the ministers had already promised 18.3 million euros in subsidies. The company not only produces important laboratory materials for corona tests, but is also researching the urgently needed Covid rapid tests.

Greenpeace: home office can save millions of tons of co2

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Telephone and video conferencing instead of daily car trips to the office: According to a Greenpeace study, millions of tons of CO2 could be saved if more people would work more often in the home office.

According to a study, home office saves millions of tons of CO2 and noticeably reduces traffic loads.

CO2 emissions in traffic can fall by 5.4 million tons per year if 40 percent of employees work from home two days a week. This corresponds to 18 percent of all emissions caused by commuting, according to a study by the Berlin Institute IZT.