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Business Forum October 16, 2009 Business As Usual in the Low Carbon Economy. Agenda Martin Dawkins, CEO Bayer UK/I - Global engagement on climate change Richard Benyon MP - Setting the political / government scene Caroline Billington, a-count-a-bility - Obligations and Opportunities
Business Forum October 16, 2009 Business As Usual in the Low Carbon Economy
Agenda Martin Dawkins, CEO Bayer UK/I - Global engagement on climate change Richard Benyon MP - Setting the political / government scene Caroline Billington, a-count-a-bility - Obligations and Opportunities Colin Pedley, Bayer Green Manager – Lessons learned Buffet lunch Discussion / Q&A session
Business Forum October 16, 2009 Martin Dawkins CEO, Bayer UK/Ireland
Our lighthouse projects Bayer MaterialScience: EcoCommercial Building Bayer CropScience: Plants as energy sources Bayer CropScience: Stress-tolerance of plants Bayer Technology Services: Bayer Climate Check 5
Bayer MaterialScience Reduction of specific greenhouse gas emissions for every metric ton of product sold by 25 percent Bayer CropScience: Reduction of absolute greenhouse gas emissions by15 percent Bayer HealthCare: Reduction of absolute greenhouse gas emissions by5 percent Targets 6
Our own contribution • How can we make a contribution in our area of business (opportunities)? • How do we need to respond as a business (obligations)? • What changes can we make at the workplace and in our everyday lives? 7
Obligations and Opportunities Caroline Billington
Summary Obligations Companies Act 2006 Link to finance Other Opportunities Sales Costs Tax
Obligations Companies Act 2006 Directors duties ‘…..have regard to the impact of the company’s operations on the community and the environment’ Larger companies must annually report on the environment and social impacts Directors report Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report
Link to Finance Companies Act Audit Includes directors report Measurement Reporting Triple bottom line Impact on profitability
Opportunities Sales Unique selling point Required by purchaser Costs Selecting suppliers (Legal obligations) Reducing overheads Tax Cars Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECAs)
Colin Pedley, Bayer plc Risk management Going Green at Bayer
Calculating our Carbon Footprint • What to measure • electricity • gas • foreign travel • domestic travel • waste. • How to measure • different calculators – different results • chosen calculator must be sustainable • unknown quantities, e.g. commuter travel, waste.
Start-up Challenges • Budgeting • Investment vs payback • Overcoming resistance • Tactfully rejecting well intentioned green suggestions • Forming a Green Team and keeping them motivated • Keeping up the momentum • Underestimating the amount of work involved • Ensuring green messages are truthful.
Culture Change • Staff have come to expect heating, air conditioning, desk printers, always-on-appliances, lifts, limitless supplies of stationery, easy parking • Management commitment and example setting • What’s in it for me? • Resistance to car sharing and green transport • Everyone agrees that everyone else is wasteful • Disbelief in climate change • The way forward is total immersion • Performance awards – green element.
Setting SMART Targets • What is achievable? • Targets need to be challenging • Who is responsible? • Progress is not linear • What happens if targets are not achieved? • 2012 and beyond.
Staying confident • Expect setbacks • Communicate achievements • Challenge dissenters head-on • Be prepared to change plans • Look for and encourage allies • Stay abreast of developing technologies • Know that every little bit of your business could be greener • Green is not a fad, it will grow and grow.
Achievements so far • Replaced all car park lights with energy saving, 50% CO2 reduction • Introduced Green Driver Training and greater choice of fuel efficient company cars expected 20% CO2 reduction • Phased replacement of office lighting, expected 26% CO2 reduction • Closure of West Street House • Motion sensors in basement • Car share database on intranet • Improved facilities for cyclists • Reduction in unnecessary power consumption • Replacement of water boilers, expected 35% CO2 reduction • Video Conference suite reduces air travel
Buffet Lunch Round Table Discussion