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News | COP 23: Cooperating to protect the climate

Bosch contributes to the debate at the UN climate conference

Until this Friday, representatives of the UN climate framework convention from 196 countries and the European Union are convening at the 23rd World Climate Conference in Bonn. The delegates are negotiating how the 2015 Paris Protocol should be put into practice, thus limiting global warming to significantly less than two degrees Celsius. The aim is to draw up a rulebook that will be adopted at the next summit, which is set to take place at the end of 2018 in Kattowitz, Poland. The pressure to take action is high: last year was the hottest on record, and the Arctic ice cap is smaller than at any time since the first satellite images were recorded at the end of the 1970s.

Carbon-neutral at the COP: Bernhard Schwager (left) and Urs Ruth

In parallel to the official negotiations, actors from science, politics, business, religious communities, and environmental groups also discussed ways in which these urgent challenges can be addressed. Bosch took part in these discussions on the “Innovation as a solution for climate protection” panel, at Business and Industry Day (BINGO), and at several other events.

Showing great promise: carbon-neutral fuels

The potential of synthetic fuels, which Bosch is currently researching, was a central focus of the discussions. A recent study that the company commissioned shows that e-fuels can save 2.8 gigatons of carbon dioxide by 2050. Urs Ruth, chief expert for climate and energy at Bosch, said: “In the long run, synthetic fuels will complement e-mobility concepts perfectly. Consumers who do not wish to switch to an electric vehicle will simply be able to modify their cars, and thus make their driving climate neutral. This will benefit the climate enormously. We thus welcome the initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Economy and Energy, which is promoting promising fuels over the course of the energy turnaround in transport”. Stefan Eppler, Bosch specialist for alternative fuels, says: “Not only is the product itself carbon neutral, so too is its production. With power-to-fuel, in the future it will be possible to produce synthetic fuels with renewable sources of energy.”

Urs Ruth (right) in conversation with Christoph W. Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council

Multifaceted: Bosch climate protection activities

Bernhard Schwager, head of the sustainability office at Bosch, presented the company’s climate protection activities. Bosch aims to reduce its own carbon dioxide emissions relative to value added by 35 percent by 2020 over 2007 levels. In 2016, the company had already achieved a 30.6 percent reduction. At the same time, Bosch has already reduced its energy consumption by 35 percent since 2007. The company also continuously reduces its waste production and water consumption. Compared with 2007 levels, in 2016 the company produced 23.7 percent less wastes and consumed 35.9 percent less water.

The German Pavilion at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn

More information on Bosch research in the area of synthetic fuels can be found here.