Panel of experts on "Climate protection in the supply chain"
How can companies manage to reduce greenhouse gas emissions along their entire value chain? On 22 November 2019, around 70 sustainability experts discussed this question at BayWa AG's headquarters in Munich. The aim of the conference, organised by the German Global Compact Network, sustainable AG and the WWF, was to exchange views on the practical challenges of climate change for companies, establish networks and learn from one another. The conference was based on a discussion paper published by the environmental protection organisation WWF together with the management consultancy sustainable AG, which identifies the obstacles to climate protection in supply chains and proposes solutions to overcome them.
BayWa CEO Prof. Klaus Josef Lutz opened the expert panel with a welcoming address. He emphasised: "The fight against climate change will only succeed if companies develop new business models that contribute to CO2 reduction and are also profitable". As an example, he cited BayWa's entry into the project business with renewable energies in 2009: "Today, our subsidiary BayWa r.e., with projects such as Don Rodrigo - the first solar power plant in Europe to do entirely without state subsidies - is, on the one hand, an internationally successful co-creator of the energy revolution. On the other hand, the business segment makes a significant contribution to the overall result of the BayWa Group."
Jessica Paffen, Head of Corporate Sustainability at BayWa AG, presented the measures implemented by BayWa as part of its climate strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. BayWa's goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its sites, vehicle fleets and logistics by 22 percent by 2025 compared with 2017 and to be completely climate-neutral throughout the Group by 2030. "In addition, we are already working on incorporating the activities of the entire value chain," explained Paffen. "We must pull together with our customers and suppliers.
After further keynote speeches and intensive group work, this was also the tenor of the sustainability experts present at the end of the event: Companies will only master the challenges of climate change if they work together: On the one hand with the players in the supply chain, on the other hand with each other. And everyone agreed that the event was a decisive step forward in this direction.