Bayer strengthens sustainability commitment

Focus on the fields of health care, nutrition and climate protection

12-Nov-2009 - Germany
Bayer is increasing its commitment to sustainability. To this end the Group is launching an extensive program with eight so-called lighthouse projects focusing on the fields of health care, nutrition and climate protection. The objective of this is to integrate the company’s products and its employees’ know-how into international projects to further promote sustainable development right across the globe. At a dedicated press conference in Leverkusen, Chairman of the Bayer Board of Management Werner Wenning and Management Board member Dr. Wolfgang Plischke presented the Bayer Sustainability Program. “We are making specific contributions to balance commercial success with the protection of the environment and the needs of society,” said Wenning. According to the company, more than 15 million people worldwide will benefit directly from the lighthouse projects because these improve both the provision of health care and economic and social conditions. In ecological terms too, Bayer’s commitment to sustainability is having measurable effects: The Group is to increase energy efficiency in production by 10 percent through 2013 compared to 2008, corresponding to specific reductions in Greenhouse Gases of 350,000 metric tons annually. In addition, through a new technology for chlorine production, it will be possible to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by a further 250,000 metric tons through 2020. The marketing of this technology will even generate additional potential for cutting greenhouse gas emissions overall by five million metric tons per year.

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