Dominikus von Pescatore, Senior Bayer Representative for Country Group North Asean and Managing Director of Bayer Thai Company Ltd., describes Bayer’s efforts in
sustainability and environmental protection.
One of the concept’s cornerstones is the Bayer Climate Program that addresses one of the great global challenges: climate change. The aim of the Bayer Climate Program is to find ways to protect the climate and address the consequences of climate change. In 2009 Bayer was named the world’s best company in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, topping the ranking of all 500 global companies as climate protection leader. Bayer rests its Climate Program on three components: a reduction of own CO2-emissions, market solutions and public recognition/ internal awareness.
This transparency recognizes that as a chemical company, Bayer is part of the problem, with its 160 major plants scattered around the globe. A series of monitoring systems have been installed at the plants to lower the carbon footprint to avoid future problems. The company aims to hold total emissions globally to 2007 levels through 2020 despite growth in production.
Bayer also provides market solutions for climate protection. Referring to data from the United Nations Environment Programme, buildings consume 40 percent of global energy and are responsible for about 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
The purpose of the “EcoCommercial Building” (ECB) lighthouse project for zero- and low-emission structures, launched globally two years ago, is to help reduce these emissions. This project has been developed into a comprehensive program to bring together all the partners along the value chain, so that integrated and sustainable design concepts can be developed for commercial and public building projects.
He said, “ The EcoCommercial Building project is a way to create a network of local companies to construct low-energy “green buildings”.
Mr. von Pescatore cited the example of a zero emissions kindergarten developed near Bayer’s home office in Germany and “is designed to produce more energy than it consumes through the use of solar and geothermal energy,” he said.
Four countries in Asia have been selected to roll out the ECB-project. They are: India, Thailand, China and Japan.
To publicize and engage the local community in the EcoCommercial initiative, Bayer sponsored a design contest among architecture students at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) in Thailand to design a low-energy shopping center employing local design styles.
Improving energy efficiency is a major factor in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Bayer Climate Check is an analysis tool to identify CO2 emission reduction potential at production facilities. By mid-2010 Bayer had assessed more than 140 facilities and buildings that currently account for more than 85 percent of production-related CO2 emissions in the Bayer Group. The analysis results so far point to a reduction potential of 10 percent for both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 2013 in the production facilities of company subgroups and service companies.........