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Backing for 'common language' in construction industry: Bayer MaterialScience supports UNEP call for common approach to measuring carbon footprint of buildings. Commitment to efforts to reduce environmental impact of construction
Leverkusen, December 23, 2009 – 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 this month's COP15 meeting in Copenhagen.
Patrick Thomas, CEO of Bayer MaterialScience, says that as a member of the UNEP SBCI, Bayer Material Science 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 partnership 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 partners 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.
 

By co-development of advanced electrolytic device for chlorine production, chlorine production process can reduce energy consumption by 30%, with a corresponding reduction in carbon dioxide emissions-----Bayer Material Science Technology and the China National Bluestar (Group) signed a cooperation agreement to promote the chemical industry energy-saving environmental protection

October 22, 2009  Beijing - Bayer Material Science Technology and the China National Bluestar (Group) today held a signing ceremony in Beijing, signing a cooperation agreement. Bayer will provide its innovative China National Bluestar oxygen depolarized cathode (the ODC), to integrate into the Blue Star of sodium chloride solution, electrolytic cell for chlorine production in chlor-alkali industry.

 Mr. Koenig, President of Bayer Material Science Technology of China and Mr. Bai Xinping, general manager of China National BlueStar (Group) Co., Ltd., the two  signed the signature. 

      Chlorine production is energy-intensive process. As China becomes world's largest and fastest-growing producer of chlorine, Bayer Material science technology’s cooperation with the China National Bluestar Group, will bring enormous benefits to chlor-alkali production, including reduced 30% will direct consumption and indirectly reducing emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent. China's current annual production of chlorine from the electrolysis of sodium chloride is about 21 million tons.Based on this, the use of ODC process carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by up to 15 million tons per year. Therefore, the bilateral cooperation will also contribute to the challenge of climate change.
       Bayer MaterialScience has always been committed to developing science and innovation in environmental sustainability, being able to cope with global climate change and made outstanding contribution to the products and solutions."We have a special ion-exchange membrane electrolysis plant ODC which can work in environments at lower voltages. This is a major technological breakthrough, effectively reducing the energy consumption of chlorine in the production process, thereby also indirectly reduce carbon dioxide emissions. We would like to make use of such technological innovations to help deal with global climate change, " said Dr. Fan Aosai, Bayer Material Science and Technology Management Executive Committee member. "Through the cooperation with China National Bluestar Group, we can work together in China to achieve this vision, helping the chemical industry to achieve sustainable development."BlueStar is one of the most successful chemical companies, Blue Star from its setup, has been making effort in energy conservation and improving  water resources through innovation. Bluestar Bluestar belongs to (Beijing) Chemical Machinery Co., Ltd. which is the world's leading manufacturers of electrolytic cell in the Chinese market sharing 47% of the market and is among the world top three.
        "We are committed to China's chemical industry's most advanced electrolysis system," Bluestar (Beijing) Chemical Machinery Co., Ltd. General Manager Wang Jianjun, said. "In the past few decades, through technological innovation, we have reduced energy consumption of electrolyzer by 30%. The scientific and technological cooperation with Bayer, by applying ODC in our ion-exchange membrane electrolysis device, will further promote energy conservation , for chlorine production of highly efficient and environmentally friendly solution. In this way, we will contributing to creating a more efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable chemical industry in China . "Sodium chloride-ODC will  provide important protection against climate change.
        Chlorine is one of the most widely used raw materials in chemical manufacturing. From the plastic to the pharmaceutical industry, many materials are produced through chlorine. Using traditional mercury method and ion-exchange membrane chlorine production consumed a lot of power. its power consumption accounted for about 50% of the total cost of the chlorine production.In response to this challenge, Bayer R & D staff developed the ODC, for the sodium chloride electrolysis process in the production of chlorine. Practice has proved that compared with the traditional method or mercury ion-exchange membrane technology to produce chlorine, the application of Bayer ODC makes a significant reduction in power consumption of chlorine production. Bayer Material Science and Technology’s trial shows that, compared with conventional ion-exchange membrane process,it directly reduces the total electricity consumption by about 30%, indirectly reduces emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent.

        Using this technology, China's chemical manufacturers can not only reduce energy costs, but also dramatically reduce the main gases that cause climate change - carbon dioxide emissions. Bayer MaterialScience and the Blue Star Group, the co-operation, indicating the solemn commitment of the two companies together to promote green energy-saving production of chlor-alkali industry and to jointly cope with climate change, and thus the ecological and economic challenges.