• back
        • back
      Actively working for sustainable industrial policy in North Rhine-Westphalia

      Actively working for sustainable industrial policy in North Rhine-Westphalia

      NRW policy is site policy

      Covestro is firmly rooted in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). With three major production sites in Leverkusen, Dormagen and Krefeld-Uerdingen, the company is contributing to the state's value creation and prosperity. Around 6,800 people work at Covestro in NRW.

      The three NRW sites are located no more than 70 kilometers apart and form a site network. In addition to the qualified employees, the strength of this network lies in particular in the modern plants with the highest safety and environmental standards, the networking of the production facilities, and synergies in the use of resources. Many products and innovations that hold their own and succeed on the global market come from the Covestro's sites in North Rhine Westphalia.

      The positive development of NRW as an industrial location is of great importance to the company. That is why Covestro is committed to promoting policy solutions that foster the highest levels of competitiveness and innovation. Covestro is convinced that the best solutions can only be developed through open dialog. The company’s advocacy work reflects this belief.

      Actively working for sustainable industrial policy in North Rhine-Westphalia

      NRW policy is site policy

      Covestro is firmly rooted in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). With three major production sites in Leverkusen, Dormagen and Krefeld-Uerdingen, the company is contributing to the state's value creation and prosperity. Around 6,800 people work at Covestro in NRW.

      The three NRW sites are located no more than 70 kilometers apart and form a site network. In addition to the qualified employees, the strength of this network lies in particular in the modern plants with the highest safety and environmental standards, the networking of the production facilities, and synergies in the use of resources. Many products and innovations that hold their own and succeed on the global market come from the Covestro's sites in North Rhine Westphalia.

      The positive development of NRW as an industrial location is of great importance to the company. That is why Covestro is committed to promoting policy solutions that foster the highest levels of competitiveness and innovation. Covestro is convinced that the best solutions can only be developed through open dialog. The company’s advocacy work reflects this belief.

      Bringing expertise into policy

      As a leading company in the chemical industry, Covestro takes responsibility and involves itself in the political process. The materials manufacturer provides constructive support to policy makers in North Rhine-Westphalia, introducing ideas and taking positions on issues of central importance to the industry. To this end, Covestro relies on ongoing communication with representatives of the state government and members of the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. The company dialogs with local political decision-makers in the production site communities of Leverkusen, Dormagen, and Krefeld-Uerdingen as well.

      Covestro sees itself as an active part of a broader conversation about current and future issues. That is why the company participates in numerous associations and initiatives in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is represented on the KlimaDiskurs.NRW board of directors as well as on VCI NRW, ChemCologne, and IN4Climate NRW initiative advisory boards.

      Sample of associations and initiatives in North Rhine-Westphalia Covestro participates in

      Klima Diskurs NRW
      Verband der Chemischen Industrie
      IN4CLIMATE NRW

      Covestro’s political advocacy in North Rhine-Westphalia

      As part of the chemical industry, Covestro is interested in a wide range of political and social issues. Covestro advocates energy policies that focus on sustainable and secure supplies of electricity at competitive prices; industrial policies that foster the competitiveness of companies and their acceptance in society; and economic policies that encourage to further invest in innovation. It advocates policies with an openness to technology, policies that would drive new solutions in the area of the Circular Economy and alternative raw materials, for example. And it advocates transportation policies that ensure efficient and productive infrastructure.

      State policy issues from our perspective

      Industrial policy
      Covestro backs North Rhine-Westphalia on its journey to becoming the most modern and climate- and environmentally friendly industrial region in Europe.
      PDF
      Entfesselungsinitiative - for unleashing innovations
      North Rhine-Westphalia needs a political framework that promotes innovation. That is why Covestro welcomes the state government’s initiative called Entfesselungsinitiative.
      PDF
      Alternative Raw Materials
      In North Rhine-Westphalia, Covestro is researching alternatives to fossil raw materials. It already uses carbon dioxide (CO₂) as a raw material for production at the Dormagen site.
      PDF
      Circular Economy
      Going forward, Covestro will focus entirely on advancing the Circular Economy, including providing new impulses in North Rhine-Westphalia.
      PDF
      Hydrogen
      Covestro contributes expertise in building a hydrogen economy and supports lighthouse projects for the climate-neutral transformation.
      PDF

      Active in North Rhine-Westphalia

      Covestro is constantly on the move. For example, the company cooperates closely with universities and colleges in North Rhine-Westphalia researching to develop new products. At its production sites, Covestro is also involved in schools, training program cooperation, and local digitalization.

      Covestro’s involvement in North Rhine-Westphalia also includes a newsletter and its own event formats for exchanges with political leaders, such as the site meeting with members of the state parliament whose districts are home to the region’s production sites. In addition, Covestro regularly talks to representatives of the council groups at its sites. After all, continuous exchange is important – even if there is no current issue on the political agenda.

      Latest news

      At its sites, in Düsseldorf, and throughout North Rhine-Westphalia: Covestro is always active.

      Digital blackboards for Gemeinschaftsgrundschule (GGS) Büscherhof

      Covestro continues to promote the use of new media. With a donation of 4,600 euros, the community school was able to equip rooms with two digital blackboards for individual learning.

      learn more
      Hydrogen lighthouse project in Dormagen

      During his NRW-wide Hydrogen Tour, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, NRW’s State Minister for Economic Affairs, Digitization, Innovation and Energy, visited Covestro’s site in Dormagen to get some insights into the construction of the world's largest plant for storing green hydrogen in liquid organic carriers on an industrial scale. The project is carried out with Hydrogenious LOHC Technology.

      learn more
      Climate-friendly logistics

      Covestro and NPRC support the RH2INE initiative of the NRW Ministry of Economic Affairs and the province of Zuid-Holland. From 2024, the companies plan to use zero-emission, hydrogen-powered ships on the Rhine.

      learn more
      Hydrogen initiative / KlimaDiskurs.NRW

      Covestro is a co-founder of the “Future Hydrogen.NRW” initiative. The initiative aims to provide constructive support for the development and expansion of a hydrogen economy in North Rhine-Westphalia.

      learn more
      CO pipeline

      On August 31, 2020, the Münster Higher Administrative Court ruled that the zoning decision authorizing the construction and operation of the CO pipeline between Dormagen and Krefeld-Uerdingen was lawful. Covestro welcomed the court’s decision and currently reviewing further implementation.

      learn more
      Promoting digitalization in Krefeld

      Getting young people interested in technology at an early age is now child’s play in Krefeld elementary schools. Because with the “Lego WeDo 2.0” learning application, elementary school students can playfully learn the basics of programming. Covestro donated class-sized sets containing 16 “Lego WeDo” construction kits to 18 Krefeld elementary schools.

      learn more
      Circular Economy in North Rhine-Westphalia

      Covestro wants to be a shaping force of a Circular Economy in North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition to investments and innovations, this also requires the right political framework to be set.

      learn more
      3D printers for Dormagen schools

      In spring 2020, a Dormagen resident had the idea of using 3D printers to supply the city’s municipal enterprises with non-medical face masks. Covestro donated money for this community initiative. The project provided a double benefit, as secondary schools in Dormagen received all 40 of the 3D printers after it was complete.

      learn more
      Chemieforum looks to the future

      At the Chemieforum, Covestro's CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann (right) discussed the challenges of chemical logistics and the future of the industry in the Rhineland with industry representatives and North Rhine-Westphalia’s Minister President Armin Laschet (3rd from right). North Rhine-Westphalia had the opportunity to become a “sustainable innovations powerhouse,” Steilemann explained.

      learn more
      Rhine lifeline Action Plan

      Covestro welcomes the “Low Water on the Rhine” action plan. Covestro's Chief Technology Officer Dr. Klaus Schäfer (far right) signed it with German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Andreas Scheuer (center) and other industry representatives. The 8-point plan aims to keep the Rhine a reliable transport route.

      learn more

      Contact

      Dr. Ute Müller-Eisen

      Dr. Ute Müller-Eisen

      Head of Politics at Covestro in North Rhine-Westphalia

      nrwpolitik@covestro.com

      Related topics

      Curious? You can find further information on important topics related to Covestro Germany here.
      Neighborhood
      Social responsibility is a key focus at Covestro. Learn more about our donation and sponsoring activities.
      Sites
      More than 7,000 employees work for Covestro in Germany at a total of six sites.
      Sustainability
      Covestro is setting new standards with its innovative technologies and processes.
      Learn more about Covestro
      Get an overview of Covestro's global business activities, corporate structure, and key performance indicators.
      icon-arrow-large-down icon-arrow-large-left icon-arrow-large-right icon-arrow-large-up icon-arrow-medium-down icon-arrow-medium-left icon-arrow-medium-right icon-arrow-medium-up icon-arrow-small-down icon-arrow-small-left icon-arrow-small-right icon-arrow-small-up icon-calendar icon-circle-arrow-down icon-circle-arrow-left icon-circle-arrow-right icon-circle-arrow-up icon-circle-bookmark icon-circle-play icon-circle-print icon-circle-share icon-clock icon-exit icon-exit-small icon-fullscreen icon-gallery icon-info icon-minus icon-mute icon-pause icon-pdf icon-play icon-plus icon-search icon-share icon-social-delicious icon-social-digg icon-social-facebook icon-social-google icon-social-google-plus icon-social-linkedin icon-social-mail-ru icon-social-myspace icon-social-pinterest icon-social-stumbleupon icon-social-twitter icon-social-vkontakte icon-social-weibo icon-social-xing icon-social-yahoo icon-social-youtube icon-sort icon-video icon-website icon-arrow-small-right-teaser Icon Close Circle Icon Contacts