Actively working for sustainable industrial policy in North Rhine-Westphalia

NRW policy is site policy

Covestro is firmly rooted in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). With three major production sites in Leverkusen, Dormagen and Krefeld-Uerdingen, the company is contributing to the state's value creation and prosperity. More than 6,900 people work at Covestro in NRW.

The three NRW sites are located no more than 70 kilometers apart and form a site network. In addition to the qualified employees, the strength of this network lies in particular in the modern plants with the highest safety and environmental standards, the networking of the production facilities, and synergies in the use of resources. Many products and innovations that hold their own and succeed on the global market come from the Covestro's sites in North Rhine Westphalia.

The positive development of NRW as an industrial location is of great importance to the company. That is why Covestro is committed to promoting policy solutions that foster the highest levels of competitiveness and innovation. Covestro is convinced that the best solutions can only be developed through open dialog. The company’s advocacy work reflects this belief.

Bringing expertise into policy

As a leading company in the chemical industry, Covestro takes responsibility and involves itself in the political process. The materials manufacturer provides constructive support to policy makers in North Rhine-Westphalia, introducing ideas and taking positions on issues of central importance to the industry. To this end, Covestro relies on ongoing communication with representatives of the state government and members of the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. The company dialogs with local political decision-makers in the production site communities of Leverkusen, Dormagen, and Krefeld-Uerdingen as well.

Covestro sees itself as an active part of a broader conversation about current and future issues. That is why the company participates in numerous associations and initiatives in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is represented on the KlimaDiskurs.NRW board of directors as well as on VCI NRW, ChemCologne, and IN4Climate NRW initiative advisory boards.

Sample of associations and initiatives in North Rhine-Westphalia Covestro participates in

Klima Diskurs NRW
Verband der Chemischen Industrie

Covestro’s political advocacy in North Rhine-Westphalia

As part of the chemical industry, Covestro is interested in a wide range of political and social issues. Covestro advocates energy policies that focus on sustainable and secure supplies of electricity at competitive prices; industrial policies that foster the competitiveness of companies and their acceptance in society; and economic policies that encourage to further invest in innovation. It advocates policies with an openness to technology, policies that would drive new solutions in the area of the Circular Economy and alternative raw materials, for example. And it advocates transportation policies that ensure efficient and productive infrastructure.

State policy issues from our perspective

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    Climate neutrality by 2035

    Covestro is continuing to drive forward its own transformation towards a climate-neutral production. In addition to forward-looking industrial concepts, this requires suitable regulatory framework conditions.

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    Chemical recycling

    As a pioneer in the circular economy, Covestro wants to advance the recycling of plastics with innovative technologies – chemical recycling is an important approach.

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    Industrial policy

    Covestro backs North Rhine-Westphalia on its journey to becoming the most modern and climate- and environmentally friendly industrial region in Europe.

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    Entfesselungsinitiative - for unleashing innovations

    North Rhine-Westphalia needs a political framework that promotes innovation. That is why Covestro welcomes the state government’s initiative called Entfesselungsinitiative.

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    Alternative Raw Materials

    In North Rhine-Westphalia, Covestro is researching alternatives to fossil raw materials. It already uses carbon dioxide (CO₂) as a raw material for production at the Dormagen site.

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    Circular Economy

    Going forward, Covestro will focus entirely on advancing the Circular Economy, including providing new impulses in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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    Covestro contributes expertise in building a hydrogen economy and supports lighthouse projects for the climate-neutral transformation.

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Active in North Rhine-Westphalia

Covestro is constantly on the move. For example, the company cooperates closely with universities and colleges in North Rhine-Westphalia researching to develop new products. At its production sites, Covestro is also involved in schools, training program cooperation, and local digitalization.

Covestro’s involvement in North Rhine-Westphalia also includes a newsletter and its own event formats for exchanges with political leaders, such as the site meeting with members of the state parliament whose districts are home to the region’s production sites. In addition, Covestro regularly talks to representatives of the council groups at its sites. After all, continuous exchange is important – even if there is no current issue on the political agenda.

Latest news

At its sites, in Düsseldorf, and throughout North Rhine-Westphalia: Covestro is always active.

  • Circular economy as guiding principle of transformation

    During her visit to the Leverkusen site, North Rhine-Westphalia's Economics Minister Mona Neubaur informed herself about the innovative chemical recycling of polyurethane mattress foam as well as Covestro's progress towards fully aligning itself with the circular economy.

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  • Covestro donation enables interactive media applications for "Durnomagus" World Heritage exhibition

    Thanks to a donation from the materials manufacturer to the Dormagen History Society, guests can immerse themselves in a digital world of experience in the historic town hall and at all exhibition locations. A special focus is on age-appropriate education for children.

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  • Covestro receives award for its exemplary transformation towards a circular economy

    NRW Economics Minister Mona Neubaur honoured Covestro for its sustainable circular economy program at the award ceremony of the RP competition “NRW – Economy in Transition”. With its corporate mission to focus entirely on circular processes, Covestro is making an important contribution to a diverse and future-oriented business location.

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  • New teaching concepts at Uerdingen Vocational College

    Covestro promotes hands-on learning at a real factory in miniature. A donation of around 9,000 euros made it possible to purchase a 3D printer and control elements. More mini-systems can thus be created for teaching in the future.

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  • Promotion of scientific talents

    The open student research laboratory FabritzLab at the Gymnasium Fabritianum has offered ideal conditions for experimentation and research since September 2021. Thanks to a Covestro donation, the booster club was able to purchase the movable ceiling systems for media supply.

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  • 32 iPads for support groups

    The Theodor Wuppermann School in Leverkusen offers special German lessons to children who have fled their home countries because of war. Thanks to a Covestro donation, the secondary school can use 32 iPads to teach German in a playful and intuitive way.

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  • New pilot plant for chemical recycling in Leverkusen

    At the Leverkusen site, NRW Economics Minister Prof. Dr Andreas Pinkwart informed himself about the new pilot plant for chemical recycling of flexible polyurethane foam as part of the state-wide series „Industrieorte der Transformation“. With this plant, the company is taking another important step towards transforming linear value chains into circular processes.

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  • Hydrogen lighthouse project in Dormagen

    During his NRW-wide Hydrogen Tour, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, NRW’s State Minister for Economic Affairs, Digitization, Innovation and Energy, visited Covestro’s site in Dormagen to get some insights into the construction of the world's largest plant for storing green hydrogen in liquid organic carriers on an industrial scale. The project is carried out with Hydrogenious LOHC Technology.

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  • Climate-friendly logistics

    Covestro and NPRC support the RH2INE initiative of the NRW Ministry of Economic Affairs and the province of Zuid-Holland. From 2024, the companies plan to use zero-emission, hydrogen-powered ships on the Rhine.

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  • Hydrogen initiative / KlimaDiskurs.NRW

    Covestro is a co-founder of the “Future Hydrogen.NRW” initiative. The initiative aims to provide constructive support for the development and expansion of a hydrogen economy in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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  • Circular Economy in North Rhine-Westphalia

    Covestro wants to be a shaping force of a Circular Economy in North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition to investments and innovations, this also requires the right political framework to be set.

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Contact Person

Florian Frankenau

Florian Frankenau

Head of Politics at Covestro in North Rhine-Westphalia

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