German Sustainability Day

Answers on all aspects of sustainability

At this year’s German Sustainability Day, Evonik showcased partnerships with young companies and unveiled solutions for the local energy transition, climate change, future mobility, and sustainable consumption.

Climate change, digitalization, new business models, biodiversity, urban mobility, packaging solutions, and global cooperation were among the topics discussed at the twelfth German Sustainability Day in Düsseldorf, the theme of which was “100 answers.”

Evonik was once again involved in organizing this year’s German Sustainability Day as a partner and played an active part in drawing up the program for the event. “Sustainable action is an important element of our strategy,” said Stefan Haver, head of Corporate Responsibility. “Evonik’s climate and sustainability strategy 2020+ underpins our claim to be a driving force in solving pressing future issues. We intend to reduce our absolute emissions between 2008 and 2025 by half and significantly increase sales of particularly sustainable products.”

In a panel discussion, Haver discussed the topic of future mobility with other representatives from industry, the scientific community, and local authorities. Thomas Wessel, Evonik’s Chief Human Resources Officer and Industrial Relations Director, presented the special digitalization award in the Startups category and praised the creativity and courage of the award-winning companies. “Today, no one can say with any degree of certainty how the major and minor roles in the transition to a greenhouse gas-neutral society will be distributed. This makes it all the more important to react to new developments in a way that is open to markets and technologies.”

At a Tandem Lounge, Dr. Ralph Marquardt, head of Strategy & New Growth Business in the Resource Efficiency segment, presented four of Evonik’s successful partnerships, each representing fascinating innovations: How can biogas purified from biowaste be used for the local energy transition, how can CO2 and green electricity be used to produce high-grade specialty chemicals, how can new battery materials be used to give electric cars a longer range, and how can biotechnology processes be used to determine the sex of chicks in hens’ eggs to stop the senseless shredding of male chicks? During the four short presentations it quickly became clear that there are many ways to create a better future. “I firmly believe that these are partnerships that provide viable answers for tomorrow’s world,” said Ralph Marquardt, “Global sustainability challenges are multifaceted and sometimes appear to be appalling complex. However, with our expertise, a certain critical mass, and our stated commitment to open, collaborative partnerships, we can solve many problems.”