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Climate Action 2009-2010

Environmental Science

Environmental Science – a Global Role in the Future of the World’s Forests By John Hall, Business Development Manager of the Forestry Business at Environmental Science, a Business Operations unit of Bayer CropScience Environmental Science is a business group of Bayer CropScience which provides branded solutions for consumers and professionals to keep living environments healthy and pest free in order to improve quality of life. With annual sales of 591 million Euros in 2008, Environmental Science is the global leader in the Environmental Science market. Environmental Science is naturally part of the emissions process, but importantly, it is also a key partner for governments and multinational organisations pledged to delivering on carbon reduction goals through sustainable forestry management. In a world of increasing concern over the effects of carbon emissions and deforestation, we are committed to delivering sustainable forestry solutions. Bayer’s climate strategy and climate program For Bayer, climate protection starts with its own plants and facilities, with the focus being on the energy supply and optimization of production processes. Bayer has been recently included once again in the “Dow Jones Sustainability World Index” which is a major index focusing on sustainability with a special focus on climate protection. The climate program initiated at the end of 2007 clearly signalizes that Bayer wants to be a world leader in climate protection (see Bayer is taking an active and integrated approach to the challenges posed by climate change by making substantial investments (Euro 1 billion from 2008- 2010) in climate protection and specifically developed products and processes. Safeguarding and boosting crop yields As part of the Bayer Climate Program, the Bayer CropScience subgroup has initiated a number of projects to make plants more stress-resistant and achieve a significant increase in agricultural productivity, i.e. the yield per hectare of land under cultivation. Bayer CropScience is carrying out intensive research into solutions that can help to meet the growing demand for agricultural products. This can only be achieved by using an integrated approach that encompasses new crop protection solutions, seeds with higher potential yields, and optimized crop rotation, irrigation technology and fertilization. Bayer CropScience aims to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its production facilities and to develop new solutions for protecting the climate and dealing with the consequences of climate change. Beside mitigation and adaptation Environmental Science supports emission reduction and sequestration in the forestry sector through the development and stewardship of its forestry growth and protection product technology.

Environmental Science – our Commitment for a Sustainable Development Development of modern, affordable technology for the benefit of all people Continuous review of human and environmental risk assessments Cleaner, efficient, resource-conserving manufacturing processes Solutions that minimise environmental impact Education and training to promote responsible use of our products Partnerships with customers to achieve integrated Sustainable Development goals Empower employees to approach a Sustainable Development from a customer and consumer perspective Developing solutions fitting with Sustainability These tenets drive our exploration of new chemistry and delivery technologies. We continually bring new exciting sustainable forestry products to the global market. These products both reduce our own emissions and contribute to a healthier environment. Some products are designed to produce more sustained initial tree growth, which in turn will sequester more carbon from the atmosphere; others are aimed at protecting trees to enable them to survive the latest influx of invasive pests (considered by many to be caused by climate change itself) and the ever increasing number of pest generations able to survive the more moderate climate conditions and longer seasons; whilst herbicides are being developed to cover, at very low doses with the minimum environmental impact, the resistance gaps left by older chemistry. Our pre-emergent herbicide ForDor ® can help reduce the number of glyphosate applications needed by up to 3, significantly reducing the amount of chemical being used, and the resulting environmental impact. Our technology also maximizes speadability on the leaf/plant surface, reducing run-off and achieving maximum effects from reduced application rates. But the products’ ultimate efficacy depends in part on the operators applying them. As an Associate Member of the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), we will ensure that we are in line with the rigorous standards promoted by the FSC for the responsible use of products in forestry. We will drive stewardship programs for all of our forestry products to ensure that they are applied correctly, targeted and in the right place, but also cause minimal environmental impact. Environmental Science will continue to be at the forefront of developing Forestry and Industrial Vegetation Management products, keenly supporting the 'Plant for the Planet, the Billion Tree Campaign' initiative by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Our global presence will realize real positive change in the drive for ecological sustainability through building partnerships with those who are like-mindedly committed to preservation of our environment for the future. Contact: Bayer Environmental Science SAS, 16 rue Jean-Marie Leclair, CP 106, 69266 Lyon Cedex 09, France Telephone: +33 (0) 472 85 4835 Looking at specific examples: Application of our product Merit ® has shown significant improvement in leaf area and numbers in both drought and non-drought conditions, while increasing the mid-term tree stem thickness. Initiator ® /SilvaShield ® , has an active ingredient and fertilizer combination that is released slowly over time thus promoting the growth of treated trees and ornamentals. The treatment helps the plant mediate stress from drought or over-watering, poor planting practices, poor soil fertility and quality and sub-optimal sunlight.