By way of its actions, BayWa has an influence on nature and the environment through its Agriculture, Energy and Building Materials Segments in its role as a globally operating group.
BayWa intends to reduce the impact on the environment to the greatest extent possible through proactive environmental management. As a trading company, it bears a special responsibility in the areas of transport and logistics. By making processes as efficient as possible in the trade of goods, it conserves resources and avoids waste, thereby reducing its environmental footprint. In 2018, BayWa also paved the way to significantly reducing its emissions by 2025 by approving a climate strategy.
Organic waste for climate-friendly tomato production
In cooperation with Ecogas, a local energy company, a bioenergy plant is being built on the site of subsidiary T&G Fresh in New Zealand to convert food waste into energy. Earthworks are well underway to commission the first commercial-scale plant of its kind in New Zealand in 2022. It will then produce the equivalent of energy for 2,500 households in the region, produce biofertilizer for nearly 2,000 hectares of farmland, provide CO2 for crops and heat for T&G Fresh's tomato greenhouses.
Flower mixes and blockchain technology to boost biodiversity
Satellite-based soil analyses are used to identify the low-yield areas of a field and use them for flowering plants that are ecologically beneficial. Under the "Combayn" brand, BayWa IT GmbH also develops blockchain solutions to handle sponsorships of flowering plants automatically and transparently. Private individuals, companies and organisations are all welcome to sponsor these areas as a way to promote biodiversity.
BayWa as research partner: protection for apples, pears & co.
The challenges for fruit growers have increased dramatically: Weather extremes and longer growing seasons make more protection of plants necessary, while at the same time changing conditions in pest control require new methods. In response, the Kompetenzzentrum Obstbau Bodensee has been testing various mechanical crop protection measures since April 2018 in a research project supported by BayWa. The main aim is to find out how to further reduce the use of crop protection products while at the same time producing good yields and high-quality fruit.