Political Positions

Nanotechnology

Many experts call nanotechnology a key technology of the 21st century. As a cross-sectional technology it makes innovations and product improvements possible in virtually all sectors of industry, e.g. for environmental protection, sustainable energy supply, the efficient use of resources or combating disease.

Nanotechnology can bring new properties to established materials such as plastics, dispersions, metals etc. The picture shows molded headlight inserts made from lightweight plastics.Zoom image
Nanotechnology can bring new properties to established materials such as plastics, dispersions, metals etc. The picture shows molded headlight inserts made from lightweight plastics.

It is predicted that nanotechnology will help the world economy to a prolonged surge in growth – similar to the one generated by microelectronics over the past few decades. Governments and the EU Commission have recognized this potential. The opportunities offered by nanomaterials are also seen by the general population. Some interest groups, however, focus more on the potential risks for the environment and health. Of course, all risks must be carefully studied and taken into account – but without completely neglecting the opportunities they offer.

Bayer advocates making use of the opportunities offered by nanotechnology, while at the same time investigating and minimizing risks. For this we need an open public dialog on future opportunities and transparent information on the potential risks – and on how nanomaterials can be handled and used safely.

  • Politicians should continue to promote innovations in nanotechnology at a high level, including research on the safety of nanomaterials.
  • Long-term, reliable and understandable political decisions and regulatory processes based on scientific evidence are essential for consumers and industry. This is especially true for nanomaterials.

Product responsibility and sustainability are our top priority. Bayer has therefore joined chemical-industry initiatives to jointly ensure that nanomaterials are produced and handled safely. In addition to this, the company is making a significant contribution to publicly funded projects on safety research in the field of nanomaterials – e.g. the Inno.CNT programs CarboSafe and CarboLife Cycle; other examples include CarboTox and NanoGEM.

Last updated: September 17, 2014 Copyright © Bayer AG
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