In our mission statement, "Bayer: Science For A Better Life", we define our role as a good and responsible corporate citizen. In keeping with the principles of sustainable development, we strive to balance economic, ecological and social benefits with each other through our activities.
Bayer also wants to meet its responsibilities in matters of climate change. We take climate change as an environmental and economic challenge seriously. It affects the foundations of our commercial activity. On the one hand, endeavors in the field of environmental protection have to be strengthened. On the other, greater attention needs to be paid to innovative solutions to deal with the consequences of climate change. Bayer intends to make specific contributions to both.
Our starting point is a favorable one. Bayer has already been recognized internationally as "best-in-class" in environmental protection and as a leading company in its sector. In production, we have been able to increase energy efficiency in recent years through technological innovations and have significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, Bayer products make a direct contribution to saving energy and conserving resources in our daily lives, for example in the form of insulating materials.
We intend to intensify our efforts even further. We have set ourselves the following climate objectives:
We are continuously working on minimizing our own carbon footprint by improving operational efficiency as well as our customers' carbon footprint by providing market solutions. Our efforts to reduce emissions cover all operations. When it comes to our production sites, we have already made great progress: Between 1990 and 2005, we cut our greenhouse gas emissions by more than a third, primarily as a result of improved energy efficiency through improved technologies, new chemical processes and the application of approaches like our Bayer Climate Check and our innovative energy management system STRUCTese. Our activities in production are supplemented by supporting initiatives in sales (e.g., improved car fleet) and administration (e.g., substitution of business travel by videoconferencing and initiatives like Bayer Green Office and Green Data Center).
By introducing this Climate Program, Bayer already reduced its specific emissions by around 18 percent between 2005 and the end of 2013. We have therefore achieved our ambitious medium-term targets. By implementing energy management systems and investing in energy efficiency measures we have also improved the Group’s energy efficiency by around 18 percent over the same period as planned.
As part of our new package of targets, the existing emissions reduction target will be raised slightly and relate to a more recent base year. This new, ambitious emissions reduction target will be supplemented by an energy efficiency target. Between 2012 and 2020, Bayer intends to cut its specific greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent and improve its energy efficiency by 10 percent.
In many different ways, our products play their part in saving energy and conserving resources. Examples are our polyurethane materials for insulation and our polycarbonate products for lightweight solutions in mobility. With its EcoCommercial Building Program, Bayer integrates all players in building construction and promotes the use of construction material to further reduce emissions. As an innovator company, we have initiated various research and development projects to develop new solutions. Our project portfolio covers solutions for climate mitigation – e.g., a technology that improves energy efficiency in chlorine production by 30 to 50 percent – as well as solutions for climate adaptation – e.g., the development of stress tolerant plants that can better adapt to changing climate conditions.
Climate change is an enormous challenge that no player can tackle alone. We believe that high-profile partnerships are required to improve impact. Therefore we have joined forces with institutions like the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to promote environmental awareness, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines, to research environmentally sustainable rice production and the Innovative Vector Control Consortium to improve vector control. We have also entered into research and development partnerships with leading academic institutions and private sector companies to further develop solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation. All in all, we want to use our commitment to environmental protection to develop more solutions and win-win situations to help us deal with the challenges the future will bring – a goal that is true to our Mission Statement "Bayer: Science For A Better Life".