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ICIS Innovation Awards 2011


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A message from Richard Northcote, chief sustainability officer at Bayer MaterialScience, sponsor of the Best Innovation for Sustainability category of the ICIS Innovation Awards

Richard Northcote, Bayer MateriaScienceSustainable business has to be profitable business

Sustainability and innovation are inextricably linked and never more so when we look at the winning entry under the category ‘best innovation in sustainability’, which for the first time, has been sponsored by Bayer MaterialScience.

Rhodia, part of the Solvay group, has developed an initiative which stands out as not just a thoroughly excellent concept in mining but one which captures the spirit of sustainability by going back to concept of effective recycling.

The company has created a unique proposition in its quest to create a rare earth recycling facility for low-energy light bulbs in France, which taps in to the 300 million used low-energy bulbs which are recycled in France each year.

Everything we do at Bayer MaterialScience is driven by innovation. Like Rhodia, we are acutely aware there also has to be a benefit to society, whether it is a new process that demands less energy or a new product which delivers further environmental benefits.

Sustainable business also has to be profitable business.  We believe that the subject of sustainable development is itself developing and will continue to do so as we make more technological breakthroughs.

Richard Northcote
Chief sustainability officer
Bayer MaterialScience

Bayer MaterialScience uses CO2 instead of petroleum for plastics production
Bayer MaterialScience is pursuing new avenues to turn greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into a useful raw material that can replace petroleum as a building block for plastic. The company has initiated a number of projects for this purpose, with a goal to bring the first CO2-based products to market in 2015.

The project, called Dream Production, is supported by funding from the German government and also involves energy provider RWE, which supplies separated CO2 from a coal-fired power plant. Other partners are RWTH Aachen University and the CAT Catalytic Center, a research facility that is run jointly by the university and Bayer.

Bayer MaterialScience has been chemically processing carbon dioxide from the energy industry at a pilot plant in Leverkusen, Germany, since the beginning of 2011. During this process, CO2 is used to create polyether polyols, an important component for the production of polyurethanes.

This new technology represents a major step forward in reaching the ultimate goal of zero impact industrial production.

About Bayer MaterialScience:
With 2011 sales of €10.8bn, 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 the sports and leisure industries. At the end of 2011, Bayer MaterialScience had 30 production sites and employed approximately 14,800 people around the globe. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.

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