We meet our responsibility to protect the environment in many different ways. We are continuously working to reduce the environmental impact of our business activities and develop product solutions that benefit the environment. For us, an efficient approach to raw materials and energy makes both ecological and economic sense. Our measures help reduce environmental impact and at the same time cut the costs associated with materials, energy, emissions and disposal.
When calculating total energy consumption, we differentiate between primary and secondary energy consumption. The main source of primary energy consumed comprises fossil fuels for our own generation of electricity, steam and cooling energy for our own use and to a small extent for sale to other companies. Secondary energy consumption reflects the purchase of electricity, steam and cooling energy at our sites worldwide. The proportion of renewable energies is determined by the energy mix of our energy suppliers. In our latest report to CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), we address these topics in detail. more
We consider climate protection and the related reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to be a top priority.
Climate protection measures
The sustainability strategy was further developed in connection with the strategic realignment of Bayer as a life science company and the integration of the acquired agriculture business and contains a comprehensive package of measures in the area of climate protection. We are endeavoring to achieve carbon-neutral production by 2030 and will apply several strategic levers to reach this goal:
- We aim to achieve an absolute reduction in emissions between 2020 and 2030 through energy efficiency measures – namely process innovations, more efficient facilities and building technology, and the implementation and optimization of energy management systems, particularly at our production sites. We intend to invest in these measures by 2030. We also plan to introduce an internal CO2 price in our investment projects.
- We want to switch our production to electricity from renewable energies worldwide by 2030, which will lead to an absolute reduction in greenhouse gases. In this connection we are looking at all the options available to us – from in-house generation at selected sites through longterm electricity purchase agreements with renewable energy producers to the purchase of high-quality green electricity certificates.
- We plan to offset unavoidable emissions through certificates from qualitative compensation projects, especially in forest conservation and agriculture. We pay particular attention to ensuring that the compensation projects enable long-term CO2 capture (permanence) and that these would not take place without the sale of certificates (additionality). Other quality criteria must be met and the projects must be certified according to internationally recognized standards. In this regard, we prefer projects that not only achieve CO2 capture, but also provide social benefit for the disadvantaged population and promote biodiversity and water conservation or prevent desertification.
Along with carbon neutrality in our production, we also aim to reduce emissions from our up- and downstream value chain between 2020 and 2030 in absolute terms, and are currently examining available levers – such as the further optimization of our logistics, the reduction of packaging or cooperation with our suppliers.
Bayer has taken up the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Disclosures (TCFD). We publish the required information in the report to CDP.
Use of Water and Emissions into Water
The continuous availability of clean water in sufficient quantities is essential for supplying our production sites and the surrounding areas. However, this can no longer be taken for granted in many parts of the world. We make sure we have all the water we need while also ensuring that industrial water usage does not lead to local problems such as water scarcity for the people living in the area Bayer supports the CEO Water Mandate of the U.N. Global Compact with the goal of working with key stakeholders to develop sustainable strategies for water usage. Our CDP Water Disclosure reports on our water usage and the associated risks. more
Water and Wastewater
Responsible water usage is a cornerstone of our commitment to sustainable development. Clean water in sufficient quantities is essential for the health of people, animals and plants. That is why it is crucial that industrial water usage will continue not to lead to local problems such as a shortage of water for the people living in the catchment areas of our production sites. In our Water Position, we commit to complying with international, national and local legislation to protect water resources, using them as sparingly as possible and further reducing emissions into water.
In our water stewardship strategy we address a variety of factors connected with water, from operational water use and innovative products such as seeds with a reduced water requirement to our commitment in the value chain and cooperation with partners. We support the CEO Water Mandate of the U.N. Global Compact with the goal of working with key stakeholders to develop sustainable strategies for water usage. In our annual response to the CDP Water Disclosure, we report in detail on our water usage and the company-specific water footprint. This represents a progress report for the CEO Water Mandate. In recent years, we have repeatedly been included in the CDP Water A List (leadership status).
Bayer aims to use natural resources responsibly in all its activities. This includes respecting and protecting ecosystem, species and genetic biodiversity. We are explicitly committed to the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity and the associated Nagoya Protocol, and published a supplementary corporate policy on this issue in 2019 that defines principles on how to manage access to and the use and transfer of genetic resources and / or traditional knowledge throughout the company.
Management Systems for the Implementation of Our HSEQ Targets
Bayer’s HSEQ management systems are based on recognized international standards. Regular upkeep of the management systems and appropriate training and certification also underpin our commitment to the chemical industry’s Responsible Care™ initiative and in particular the guidelines of the Responsible Care Global Charter. more
Great importance is attached to transportation safety within the Bayer safety culture. This applies both to the transportation of our products on public routes, particularly of hazardous goods, and to processes such as loading, unloading, classification, labeling, packaging and selecting the right logistics partners. These are decided on using a defined procedure, and their fulfillment of safety and quality standards is assessed. The implementation of a dedicated corporate policy ensures that all materials are handled in line with applicable regulations and the potential hazard they pose. As part of our voluntary Responsible Care activities, transportation safety instructions are also drawn up for nonhazardous materials and corresponding distribution safety audits performed. Our transportation safety management is an integral part of HSE management and is implemented by a network of experts and users with practical experience. (more information can be found on the page about safety). more
Environmental Protection in Agriculture
Crop Science supports the implementation of integrated crop protection measures that combine various strategies for controlling weeds, pests and plant diseases in farming. This concept is tailored to the special challenges facing farmers, and it enables them to unlock their full economic potential while at the same time minimizing the environmental impact of their farming activities. We offer a broad portfolio of innovative chemical and biological crop protection solutions, high-value seeds and data-driven solutions that help farmers to protect their crops safely and responsibly. We also assist farmers further by providing cultivation recommendations that reflect the specific needs of fields, crops and soils.
Examples of these collaborations include:
- In Germany, a cooperation with several partners aims to develop measures to balance agricultural activity with biodiversity in the field by monitoring and quantitatively measuring the effect of flower strips and nesting aids on the biodiversity of pollinators and other animals in agricultural landscapes.
- In the UK, our farms promote integrated crop management and farming practices that preserve and promote biodiversity. The farms feature hedges, nesting places, wildflower meadows, ditches and earth walls to attract all kinds of birds, bats, butterflies, bees, bumblebees and many other species.
- The Bayer Bee Care Center (BBCC) also collaborates in various Latin American countries (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru) with local researchers, funding studies investigating which bee and other insect species are attracted to different local key crops.
Protection for the Beehive
Summer is the time of honey harvest in the beehive. Afterwards, beekeeper Ernst Caspari feeds his bees with sugar syrup to fortify them for the coming winter. But this alone is not enough to ensure the survival of the colony.Read more
As part of the Bee Care Program, we have opened Bayer Bee Care Centers in Germany and the United States serving as platforms for scientific exchange and communication, inviting discussions and exploring joint projects with external partners. By proactively reaching out to stakeholders, we strive to increase the transparency of its activities and generate open discussions and partnerships.
Pollinator health is a shared responsibility which must be collectively tackled. As such, we are convinced that broad cooperation is essential to develop sustainable solutions for pollinator health.
Crop Science promotes and supports ecological enhancement measures in agriculture and the recovery and protection of natural and semi-natural habitats. Together with farmers and scientific experts, we are working to find solutions to preserve biodiversity e.g. as part of the ForwardFarming initiative.
ForwardFarming promotes the implementation of sustainable agriculture in practice across a global network of independent agricultural operations. On the Bayer ForwardFarms we show how sustainable agriculture involving integrated crop protection and resistance management can be put into practice. In these representative operations, the farmers demonstrate modern cultivation techniques, approaches to applying seeds and crop protection products, and the action they take to handle resources responsibly. Our ForwardFarms also promote dialogue with users and enable the local and worldwide exchange of ideas and findings among various stakeholder groups. There are currently 17 Crop Science ForwardFarms spread across Europe (12), North America (2) and Latin America (3).