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.
For some years, we have been working through our Climate Program to improve resource and energy efficiency, one objective being to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during production operations. We also offer market solutions aimed at protecting the climate and adapting to climate change.
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 was raised slightly and relate to a more recent base year. This new, ambitious emissions reduction target is 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.
Alongside aiming to achieve the overall Group climate target, the Bayer Climate Program reflects a commitment to three specific areas:
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, lightweight construction and agriculture – to reduce customer emissions. Our products play their part in saving energy and conserving resources in many different ways. They help customers reduce emissions and provide them with solutions for adapting to climate change.
3. Supporting activities: reducing emissions in non-production areas - such as the vehicle fleet, and IT - involving the workforce in the process.