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Social and Environmental Damages caused by Coal Mining

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Bayer to respond. Response provided below.] The chemical company BAYER covers about one third of its energy demand with coal, whereas the share of renewable energies is less than one percent...Annually about 500,000 tons of coal are imported, including hard coal from Colombia, Russia and the United States, and coking coal from China...Jan Pehrke from the Coalition against BAYER Dangers says: “Through coal imports from countries with inadequate ecological and social standards, BAYER shares responsibility for the serious problems that arise there. In addition, producing electricity by burning coal is the worst way with regard to climate protection. The high emissions of greenhouse gases totally contradict BAYER´s claims of being a climate-friendly company. We demand an eighty percent reduction of climate gas emissions until 2050, in accordance with the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).”[Also refers to Currenta]