Commitment Given to Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impact of Construction
Bayer MaterialScience supports UNEP call for common approach to measuring carbon footprint of buildings
Leverkusen, January 14, 2010 – Bayer MaterialScience, a division of Bayer AG and a prominent provider of materials used in the global construction industry, has given its support to a proposal by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) for a globally consistent Common Carbon Metric for Buildings which will provide a common language for measuring greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency of buildings.
A report released by UNEP SBCI (Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative), 'Buildings and Climate Change - Summary for Decision Makers,' says energy-efficient buildings could significantly contribute to reducing the risks of climate change. It calls for buildings to be included in any declaration on emissions reductions arising from the recent COP15 meeting in Copenhagen.
Patrick Thomas, CEO of Bayer MaterialScience, says that as a member of the UNEP SBCI, Bayer MaterialScience fully supports proposals in the report. "Having one common tool – a common language – in place will provide an internationally coherent and consistent method for measuring the climate footprint of buildings for the first time," says Thomas.
"Bayer MaterialScience has been involved in inventing and producing energy-efficient processes and products for the last 60 years. We fully agree with the directions being taken by UNEP SBCI and are delighted that it has included our EcoCommercial Building program in its deliberations."
The EcoCommercial Building initiative was launched by Bayer MaterialScience in 2007 as part of the Bayer Climate Program. A key element is the network that the company has built up with suppliers, construction companies, architects and property developers. Bayer contributes its expertise and high-tech products and arranges for the involvement of suitable companies from the network to facilitate tailored solutions for the construction of energy-optimized commercial and public buildings that range from low-energy and passive constructions to zero-emission buildings.
About Bayer MaterialScience:
With 2008 sales of EUR 9.7 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and sports and leisure industries. Bayer MaterialScience has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 15,100 people at the end of 2008. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.
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