Klimawandel

Fortschritte in der Landwirtschaft zur Bewältigung des Klimawandels

Wheat Field

While climate change affects us all, farmers are especially attuned to the impact of increasingly extreme weather conditions including drought, severe heat, flooding, or other shifting climatic trends. Together, these various challenges make it more difficult for farmers to cultivate their crops, ensure their livelihoods and support the global food system we all rely on. That’s why Bayer is devoted to decarbonizing agriculture by developing new solutions that help farmers withstand the impacts and address the causes of climate change. 


At Bayer, we’re working to scale the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices by our farming customers, using technologies including: high-yielding crop genetics, crop protection products, precision irrigation systems, soil management tactics through no-till and cover crops, crop rotation, root health, fertilization management, microorganisms and inoculants, a switch to direct seeded rice, and digital and precision farming tools. Combining different practices can lead to profitable, tailored solutions for our farming customers. We also have the products, partner relationships, technology and talent to help companies across the agriculture supply chain reduce their carbon footprints.

Weniger Bodenbearbeitung

Lösungen zur besseren Unkrautbekämpfung reduzieren für Landwirt*innen den Bedarf an Bodenbearbeitung. Dadurch wird der Boden weniger gestört und die Anzahl an Traktoren, die über die Felder fahren müssen, reduziert. Außerdem werden Treibhausgasemissionen und die Nutzung fossiler Brennstoffe eingedämmt. Weniger Bodenbearbeitung verbessert zudem die natürliche Fähigkeit des Bodens, Kohlenstoff, Nährstoffe und Wasser zu speichern und sorgt so dafür, ein besseres Ernteergebnis zu erzielen.

Recognizing that farmers are our single greatest asset for generating soil carbon, we have created new business models that will help to ensure their participation far and wide. Our global approach is designed to reach farms of all sizes. After all, we know that no matter how many hectares they manage, all farmers should reap the benefits of removing carbon from the atmosphere.


We are making significant strides in reducing greenhouse gas emissions across our most important countries and crops. 

  • North America: Scaling with growers and agri-food supply chain – In North America, in addition to ForGround, Bayer’s digital platform that supports growers in regenerative agriculture practices with already millions of acres connected, partnerships have also been forged with companies like Perdue Agribusiness and Mars Petcare to help meet their carbon emissions reduction goals.
  • Latin America: Delivering Soybeans with a Deforestation-Free Carbon Footprint – In Latin America, we’re helping growers improve carbon sequestration and soil fertility to improve yield, and farmers who implement regenerative practices have access to exclusive benefits like credit discounts or early access on the purchase of farm inputs. Through a new commodities program, in May 2023, Bayer delivered the first load of Brazilian soybeans with a traceable, deforestation-free carbon footprint.
  • Asia: Reducing Methane Emissions and Generating Carbon Credits from Sustainable Rice Cultivation – In Asia, Bayer is a key partner in the Good Rice Alliance, an initiative operating today on 45,000 hectares across 11 states in India. The Alliance empowers rice farmers to adopt regenerative agriculture practices, moving away from growing rice in flooded fields. Farmers are provided with training and support to adopt cultivation methods that use less water and create fewer methane emissions. The Alliance also ensures a robust Measurement Reporting Verification (MRV) system and is under Gold Standard validation which enables farmers to make additional revenue from the generation of reliable and verifiable carbon credits. By 2030, The Good Rice Alliance plans to reach 1 million hectares across 15 states, reducing emissions by ~3.5 million tons of CO2 per year, setting a benchmark for similar efforts in the rice decarbonization space.
  • Europe: Helping companies across Europe decarbonize their value chains – In Europe, Bayer is delivering multiple tailored projects with large companies from the food supply and agricultural value chains in several European countries, where growers using regenerative agriculture practices are emitting on average 15 percent less carbon than conventional farmers.

 

Looking internally to reduce our own footprint, we have set ambitious targets for our own GHG emission reductions.


We’ve joined the world’s leading Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), founded by the CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). The initiative, aimed at assisting organizations in setting transparent targets for reducing emissions, has approved our ambitious targets in the reduction of our Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions. With these targets, we have committed ourselves to actively playing our part in limiting global warming to 1.5°C for Scopes 1 and 2. Enabling farmers to reduce their GHG emissions goes above and beyond what we have set with these organizations. As a leading life sciences company, we realize there’s a lot we can do to lessen the footprint for greenhouse gas emissions.

To reach climate neutrality, we know we can’t do this alone. So, we’re collaborating with other entities to create new pathways for reducing agriculture’s emissions. When we combine our expertise with the knowledge, technologies and power of NGOs, governments, international organizations, farmers, consumers and food chain members, together we can achieve profound impact.

1 Unser Reduktionsziel bezieht sich auf die insgesamte Treibhausgasintensität im Basisjahr, die die gewichteten Treibhausgasintensitäten von 18 Kombinationen aus Märkten und Anbaukulturen (Crop-Country Kombinationen) beinhaltet. Das Basisjahr wird für jede Crop-Country Kombination einzeln definiert; je nach Verfügbarkeit der Daten entspricht das Basisjahr dem Erntejahr 2020, 2021 oder 2022. 
2 Die Crop-Country-Kombinationen Italien-Mais und Spanien-Mais wurden nicht aufgrund dieser Faktoren aufgenommen, sondern hinzugefügt, weil bereits entsprechende Daten vorlagen.