Focus Issues

For lower energy consumption and enhanced climate protection

Two key prongs of Bayer's commitment to sustainability are improving resource and energy efficiency and finding solutions for the challenges posed by the consequences of climate change. Using a bundle of measures launched in 2007, the Group is pursuing climate goals that cover all business activities and is pressing ahead with innovative solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This commitment is being shown on three fronts.

1. More efficient production processes: reduction of emissions in our own production operations by increasing energy and resource efficiency  and the development and use of new technologies

2. Market solutions: reduction of emissions through the use of our products, particularly in building insulation, and lightweight automobile construction and agriculture

3. Supporting activities: reduction of emissions in other areas of the company such as the vehicle fleet, the use of information technology and the active involvement of employees

Comprehensive package of measures

<strong>Resource and energy efficiency:</strong> innovative insulating materials such as the high-tech plastic polyurethane can crucially improve the efficiency of refrigerated appliances and thus their electricity consumption. They are also now used in refrigerated containers.Zoom image
Resource and energy efficiency: innovative insulating materials such as the high-tech plastic polyurethane can crucially improve the efficiency of refrigerated appliances and thus their electricity consumption. They are also now used in refrigerated containers.

For years, the worlds of business and politics have been concerned about rising energy prices, limited resources and the increasing risk of serious influence on climate change. The challenges are growing, but there is no sign of any effective international cooperation in areas such as climate policy.

This makes it all the more important for the individual players not to let up in their efforts to protect the climate and conserve resources – a strategy that Bayer systematically follows as a responsible member of society, and also in its own interest.

Energy and climate issues are of particular relevance to the Bayer MaterialScience subgroup. Its production of high-quality materials generates the highest emissions anywhere in the Bayer Group. We are therefore continuously working on lowering energy consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases in production operations. However, the subgroup also manufactures a large number of products that help save energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions in our everyday lives.

More efficient production:

  • Oxygen depolarized cathode (ODC) technologybased on common salt: used at Bayer MaterialScience for chlorine production on an industrial scale. Reduction in electrical energy requirements by up to 30 percent compared to the older membrane process, and an associated reduction in indirect CO2 emissions
  • Use of the STRUCTese™ energy management system to reduce CO2 emissions in energy-intensive plants
  • Resource Efficiency Check: systematic and comprehensive process analysis to exploit further potential reductions in resource consumption, emissions and waste 

EcoCommercial Building

  • Focus on large-scale commercial and public building projects; alignment to international core and growth markets

Climate Award & Scholarship

Two initiatives to support personal commitment and valuable scientific contributions to the climate debate are also being financed by the company through the Bayer Science & Education Foundation. Since 2008, the biennial Bayer Climate Award has been recognizing outstanding achievements in fundamental research in the area of climate science. The foundation also enables committed schoolchildren to take part in international sustainability camps. » more

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