Dr. Klaus H. Sommer
Organisation: A.SPIRE, SusChem, Bayer
Position in the organisation: President of A.SPIRE, Chairman of the Board of SusChem, SVP and Head at Bayer Technology Services, Customer and Product Management
Biography: Dr. Klaus H. Sommer currently serves as President of the A.SPIRE aisbl organization which is the driving force behind the concept, design and implementation of the Public-Private Partnership SPIRE (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency), an initiative of 8 sectors from the process industries.
Dr. Sommer is currently also leading the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry SusChem. SusChem is a multi-stakeholder platform that aligns positions from all parts of the Chemical and Biotechnological value chains in order to strengthen its impact in improving the competitiveness of Europe for these sectors.
He has also served as a member of the DG-RTD NMP Expert Advisory Group at the European Commission.
Dr. Sommer is a physicist by education and joined Bayer in 1987. He held positions of increasing responsibility in Germany in Central Research and in the US in the Polymers business, where he was responsible for Bayer’s polymers research in the US.
In 2001, Dr. Sommer returned to the Bayer AG Central Research as Head of the Physics division. In July 2002 he was appointed to Senior Vice President and Head of Customer and Product Management (Customer Management, Portfolio Management, Marketing, Sales) for Bayer Technology Services. He is also a member of the Global Management Team.
Plenary Session P2 – “The SPIRE PPP Roadmap”
Europe’s objective of sustainable growth can only be achieved through a strong and innovative reshaping of its industrial base. Eight world-leading European industry sectors (chemical, steel, engineering, minerals, non-ferrous metals, cement, ceramics and water) realised the urgency to create growth, to increase the competitiveness of Europe in a global market and to rejuvenate the European process industry, and joined forces to propose the SPIRE (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency) Public- Private Partnership. Through a first-ever cooperation, they set up common aspirations and developed a strategic research and innovation roadmap to 2030, which addresses the key components and specific challenges of the process industry and proposes a unique symbiotic approach. SPIRE aims at realising two key resource and energy efficiency targets within the 2030 time horizon:
1. A reduction in fossil energy intensity of up to 30% from current levels
2. Up to 20% reduction in non-renewable, primary raw material intensity compared to current levels.
SPIRE’s high ambitions are matched by strong industrial commitment on an unprecedented scale and, through the expected synergies, Europe could make a big leap to enhance its competitiveness and sustainability and achieve its goals for smart, inclusive and sustainable growth.