What is Bayer’s position on responsible water usage?
We at Bayer make every effort to ensure sustainable use of water in our production activities, when our products are used and along the entire value chain.
Thus we use water as efficiently as possible during the manufacturing process, we treat our waste water and we continuously strive to reduce or avoid emissions that pollute the environment. For the record, more than two thirds of the water Bayer consumes is repeatedly re-used for cooling purposes, in some cases in closed circulation, or recycled for fresh use.
Agriculture accounts for roughly 70 percent of global fresh water consumption.
Bayer’s broad interpretation of product stewardship includes informing and, where appropriate, teaching farmers how to use its crop protection agents correctly, wherever it markets them throughout the world. The aim is to prevent pollution to surface waters, groundwater and bodies of water. In addition, Bayer markets an innovative system for the safe disposal of crop protection agent residues (Phytobac - details on www.bayercropscience.ro, “Servicii/Gestionarea responsabilă a produselor” section).
The company also promotes the use of new, efficient irrigation systems and will be placing even greater emphasis on digital farming in the future, with detailed, comprehensive information on growing conditions that will help farmers optimize their use of natural resources.
Another aspect of safeguarding pure water concerns our medical products. Pharmaceutical active ingredients can enter into wastewater through natural excretion and incorrect use or disposal. We stringently check the environmental behavior of residues from human and veterinary medicines and endeavor to keep these to an absolute minimum. Research projects are increasingly devoted to examining how society as a whole can handle this issue. It is important that people are aware that drug products should not be disposed of in the toilet or sink. Information on environmentally compatible disposal can be obtained from the responsible authorities.