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Pharma giant Bayer signs PPA in Germany

RICHARD HEAP

April 22, 2024

Pharmaceuticals giant Bayer has agreed to use wind and solar power from utility Wuppertaler Stadtwerke (WSW) at six of its sites in Germany.

The utility has secured a power purchase agreement to supply 120GWh of electricity annually from wind and solar farms in Germany for Bayer’s plants in Bergkamen, Berlin, Bitterfeld, Darmstadt, Weimar and Wuppertal.

WSW is the public utility of Wuppertal in Germany’s North Rhein-Westphalia region.

Matthias Berninger, head of public affairs, science, sustainability & HSE at Bayer, said the agreement was “another milestone on the way to reducing our carbon footprint”.

“Last year, we signed a comprehensive agreement in the USA that will enable us to purchase 60 percent of the electricity we buy in the USA from renewable energy sources in the future. I am delighted that we have found a good partner in Germany with Wuppertaler Stadtwerke,” he said.

Markus Hilkenbach, chief executive at WSW, said this PPA helped it substantially expand its work with Bayer: “Partnerships like this help us actively drive forward the shaping of the energy transition… As pioneers of the energy and transport transition, we have made it our mission to develop sustainable and innovative products for the future and thus take responsibility for environmental and climate protection.”

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