Supporting initiatives for greater energy efficiency
With its supporting initiatives, Bayer is looking to make its day-to-day business operations more energy-efficient and climate-friendly. The company is endeavoring to cut emissions on the road throughout the Group, including in its own fleet of vehicles. The aim is to cut CO2 emissions caused by the company car fleet by 20 percent by 2012 compared with 2007 as part of the “EcoFleet” program. At the end of 2010, this figure was already 15 percent for newly registered vehicles. In a further key step, Bayer has taken into operation the first natural gas filling station at its premises in Leverkusen and will switch around 400 vehicles to the greener fuel by 2015. Electric vehicles are currently being tested in small volumes in a pilot project at the Berlin and Leverkusen sites.
In a further supporting initiative, Bayer is aiming to cut employee travel by increasing the provision of cutting-edge telepresence and video conference technology. The telepresence and video conference-compatible network could be increased to 152 units by the end of 2010, including six telepresence facilities. Bayer will continue to expand the video communications network and test and introduce further desktop solutions such as high-quality video transmission as part of the Bayer Personalized Workplace Program in the next few years.
The “Green IT” initiative from Bayer Business Services also centers on potential in-house energy savings. A 20 percent increase in energy efficiency between 2009 and 2012 is also a target at the three data centers in Leverkusen, Pittsburgh and Singapore. A 13 percent rise had already been achieved by the end of 2010. Added to this are supplementary measures to lower paper consumption at the company, for instance.
Commitment at many levels
Numerous other initiatives are also supported by the commitment shown by employees, such as at Bayer HealthCare. As one of 13 leading companies, the company pledged to cut CO2 emissions at its Berlin site as part of the Berlin Climate Alliance founded in 2008. This brought together numerous green business measures as part of an energy-saving forum. Employees also made an enthusiastic contribution to the “Ideas Full of Energy – Energy Full of Ideas” competition. Examples of successful, locally implemented employee suggestions leading to cuts in CO2 emissions include LED lighting for buildings, shutdown times and optimized energy distribution.
The Bayer Science & Education Foundation honors pioneering interdisciplinary research every two years with the Bayer Climate Award. 2011 will see the crowning of a new winner whose work lays down key basic principles in the field of climate sciences.
Bayer also provides support in achieving climate targets and performing associated research with an endowed chair in sustainability at Tongji University in China, where the activities organized include climate research events and the staging of regional environmental and climate projects as part of the partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
In Australia, Bayer works in partnership with the Australian ministry for education and research in supporting the next generation as part of the “CarbonKids” program. In courses suitable for their age level, schoolchildren find out more about the principles of climate change and the latest research findings and learn how they themselves can play an active role. The program can be implemented at all schools throughout Australia. Bayer has been working successfully with the Australian ministry for over 15 years and has been the main sponsor of “CarbonKids” since November 2010.