Chemistry powers sustainability
The balance of economic success, ecological protection and social responsibility are key aspects of sustainability. To effectively manage sustainability, a company must be able to measure or otherwise quantify sustainability in each of these pillars. Peter Saling and his colleague Christian Krüger, will portray how BASF supports business activities and decision-making in the field of sustainability management. The panel will introduce to the development of new approaches in this context including the presentation of examples.
Biography Dr. Peter Saling, BASF
Peter Saling is currently Director Sustainability methods at BASF. Peter studied chemistry at the University of Göttingen. After the PhD Thesis in 1993, he joined BASF. He worked in the research department for dyestuffs and was specialist for toxicological question of dyestuffs. In 1997 he changed within BASF to the division of environment, health and safety. He started there with the development of the Eco-Efficiency Analysis together with the German Consultant Roland Berger and Partners. He was as senior scientist involved in the process of implementation of more than 60 studies of Eco-Efficiency. He was project leader for the development and integration of social aspects into the sustainability analysis named SEEBALANCE. From 2007 to 2013 he was the Director of Eco-Efficiency Analysis and of Sustainability Evaluation within Sustainability Strategy department of BASF. In 2011 he finalized the development of the new AgBalance methodology. Since 2014 he is responsible as Director for the Sustainability methods of BASF worldwide with centers in USA, Brazil and Asia. In 2014 he received a lectureship at the Environmental Management and Accounting department of the Technical University of Dresden and is member of the board of the PRISMA center in Dresden. Since 2017 he is Chairman of the ISO-Committee TC207/SC5 Environmental Management – Life Cycle Assessment.”
Biography Dr. Christian Krüger, BASF
Christian Krüger studied chemistry at the Universities of Mainz and Toronto and did his PhD work at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. He started his industrial career in several R&D positions in research and business divisions, where is was responsible for the development of specialty polymers for several industries. He worked as a market developer construction materials. Now he is engaged in the corporate strategy department being responsible to support operating divisions to integrate sustainability into business processes by applying advanced tools. Furthermore he works on strategic topics like BASF‘s Biomass Balance approach, where he focuses in standardization activities, as e.g. sustainability certifications and Life Cycle Assessment.