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      Innovative and environmentally friendly

      Covestro is committed to sustainable production

      Innovative and environmentally friendly

      Covestro is committed to sustainable production

      As a global player, Covestro can rely on a strong network of sites in Europe, Asia, and America. The production facilities feature modern, efficient, and environmentally friendly technologies. The company continues to set new standards, also in Germany.

      Covestro operates around 30 production sites in Europe, Asia, and the USA. The global orientation is the foundation for the company's success. However, the materials manufacturer has its roots in Germany, where over 7,600 employees work. At its six sites in Leverkusen, Dormagen, Krefeld-Uerdingen, Brunsbüttel, Bomlitz and Markt Bibart materials are produced for important branches of industry – for example, for the automotive and construction industries as well as for the electrical and electronics industry.

      Covestro has a broad base in Germany: Its production sites have both smaller plants for regional purposes and world-scale plants that serve the needs of global customers efficiently and reliably. Covestro always keeps a close eye on the technological optimization of its plants and processes: Here, quality, efficiency, and safety in production are given top priority.

      Thanks to its modern production facilities, Covestro has already significantly improved its overall energy efficiency since 2005. Here are some of the company’s lighthouse projects:

      Innovative and environmentally friendly

      Covestro is committed to sustainable production

      As a global player, Covestro can rely on a strong network of sites in Europe, Asia, and America. The production facilities feature modern, efficient, and environmentally friendly technologies. The company continues to set new standards, also in Germany.

      Covestro operates around 30 production sites in Europe, Asia, and the USA. The global orientation is the foundation for the company's success. However, the materials manufacturer has its roots in Germany, where over 7,600 employees work. At its six sites in Leverkusen, Dormagen, Krefeld-Uerdingen, Brunsbüttel, Bomlitz and Markt Bibart materials are produced for important branches of industry – for example, for the automotive and construction industries as well as for the electrical and electronics industry.

      Covestro has a broad base in Germany: Its production sites have both smaller plants for regional purposes and world-scale plants that serve the needs of global customers efficiently and reliably. Covestro always keeps a close eye on the technological optimization of its plants and processes: Here, quality, efficiency, and safety in production are given top priority.

      Thanks to its modern production facilities, Covestro has already significantly improved its overall energy efficiency since 2005. Here are some of the company’s lighthouse projects:

      More energy-efficient production reduces climate-damaging CO₂ emissions and thus makes a contribution to the fight against climate change. Covestro is therefore constantly working to improve energy efficiency in its production facilities. For example, Covestro uses STRUCTese®, a self-developed energy management system, across the Group to optimize production processes and increase energy efficiency. The actual energy consumption in production is compared with the realistically possible optimum. STRUCTese® includes many different stages of analysis, monitoring, and benchmarking. Eliminating inefficiencies results in permanent energy savings.

      Environment Energy and Emissions
      With its own energy management system STRUCTese®, the energy consumption of plants is measured and controlled individually. In doing so, Covestro is making sure that as little energy as possible is consumed in its production facilities.

      Covestro has also been part of the “Energy Efficiency Network@chempark” initiative in North Rhine-Westphalia since 2016. Together, the cross-company network identifies and evaluates measures to increase energy efficiency at the three sites in Leverkusen, Dormagen, and Krefeld-Uerdingen and implements them. The goal of the initiative is to save a total of 100 gigawatt hours of energy, or 100 million kilowatt hours, at the three sites.

      A broad product portfolio – also in Germany

      Covestro manufactures an extensive range of products for its core business at its six German sites. It consists of three segments: Polycarbonates (plastics), Polyurethanes (foams) and Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties. The company is expanding its capacity based on market demand. In order to unlock further synergies in production and at the same time cut costs, Covestro also established a site network in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2010. It includes the plants in Leverkusen, Dormagen, and Krefeld-Uerdingen.

      The circular economy as a new guiding principle

      Covestro also intends to transition its production in Germany to the circular economy. In order to become fully circular, the materials manufacturer has set up a long-term strategic program. In future, raw materials from sustainable sources such as waste, plants, and CO₂ are to be used in the manufacture of innovative products to the greatest extent possible. This further reduces dependence on fossil resources such as oil. This has a positive effect on climate protection. With its program, Covestro wants to become a shaping force in the chemical and plastics industry.

      Used plastics in particular play a crucial role in the upcoming transformation. Waste and used materials are valuable resources and should be recycled systematically and as far as possible. Covestro intends to develop new technologies exactly for this purpose. With the circular economy, the company can contribute to a climate-neutral and more resource-efficient economy and society just like its customers. In North Rhine-Westphalia, Covestro already uses a number of innovative processes that illustrate the company’s circular approach.

      However, circular economy is only truly sustainable if green power is used. Covestro has already set the course for this at its German sites. The increased use of digital technologies also ensures even greater efficiency in production. An excerpt from the projects in Germany can be found here:

      Covestro converts production in Germany to green power
      On the road to a “green” future: Covestro has signed the world’s largest industrial power purchase agreement to date for power from a offshore wind farm with Ørsted.

      On the path to a “greener” future, Covestro has made yet another landmark decision. In the future, the company intends to cover a significant part of its electricity requirements in Germany with wind energy from the North Sea. For this purpose, Covestro signed the world’s largest industrial power purchase agreement for power from a offshore wind farm with Ørsted at the end of 2019.

      Starting 2025, the Danish energy supplier will provide Covestro with green electricity over a period of ten years, which will come from a newly constructed wind farm off the German North Sea island of Borkum. The agreement includes 100 megawatts of capacity – enough to supply power to 300,000 people.

      Starting in 2025, the company aims to cover a significant amount of its electricity consumption in Germany from renewable energies.

      This once again underpins Covestro's ambitious sustainability strategy. It also incorporates the United Nations’ ”Sustainable Development Goals”. The company is also seeking to use its green electricity project to provide a stimulus for the entire chemical industry in Germany. Finally, with a sustainable and efficient energy supply and innovative technologies, industry can contribute to Germany becoming largely greenhouse gas neutral by 2050, as set out in the Climate Action Plan.

      Efficiency gains thanks to digitalization
      Using mobile devices for maintenance work in the production process.

      Making production more sustainable – this is also possible thanks to advancing digitalization. It opens up entirely new opportunities to make processes more efficient. Covestro has been driving digitalization forward in core areas of the company for many years. In this way, Covestro generates competitive advantages through cost efficiency and differentiation. Products and processes are becoming even more efficient and sustainable with data analysis, new digital applications, and simulation and blockchain technologies, for example, in production and research and development.

      Digital technologies are already ensuring that Covestro sets new standards. They help make material cycles even more efficient.

      The company is also further expanding “mobile maintenance” – i.e. plant maintenance using mobile devices. This not only allows work steps to be reduced, but also further improves processes in the production facilities. Maintenance measures can also be planned and structured more efficiently, resulting in increased planned runtime and reduced costs. The new process is currently being used in Krefeld-Uerdingen among other places. It is soon to be deployed at other German sites.

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      Sites
      More than 7,000 employees work for Covestro in Germany at a total of six sites.
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