Sustainability Alliance

For the very first time, eight leading European industrial sectors are forming an innovation partnership, with the aim of tackling the urgent issues facing the European Union. Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE) is the name of this initiative, which has the support of the European Commission (EC). As part of its research program Horizon 2020, the EC has earmarked around one billion euros of funds for the partnership.

This alliance was sealed on December 17, 2013 with the signatures of SPIRE President, Dr. Klaus Sommer (see photo, 2nd from left) and EC Vice President, Neelie Kroes, among others. In future, the European process industry intends to work on completely new manufacturing methods in an interdisciplinary manner and more closely interconnected. The main goal is to manufacture new products using less energy and fewer resources and thus strengthen competitiveness. Bayer has been promoting this development for many years now as part of SusChem, the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry, which is also chaired by Dr. Klaus Sommer.

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