In 2018, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported the consequences of 1.5°C global warming above pre-industrial levels compared with a 2°C increase. If we do not stay within the 1.5°C threshold, the risks of floods, extreme heat, food scarcity, and poverty for hundreds of millions of people will increase.
For this reason, Bühler has raised its own sustainability targets in 2019. Bühler aims to reduce energy and water consumption, as well as waste in customers’ value chains by 50% by 2025. It is Bühler’s goal and corporate purpose to transform these urgent challenges into quickly growing and profitable businesses in alignment with its purpose of “Innovations for a better world”.
No single company can address global challenges on its own. On the contrary: Only through close cooperation can the necessary solutions be developed and scaled in a timely manner. For this reason, Bühler broke ground on a new epicenter for its collaborative innovation ecosystem in Uzwil, Switzerland in September 2017. After 20 months of construction, and an investment of more than CHF 50 million over three years, the CUBIC and the associated application centers were opened in early 2019 – and with it, a new chapter in Bühler’s corporate history started.
Bühler is strengthening its model of collaborative innovation and education with the CUBIC, a total of 25 application centers for joint development with customers and start-ups around the world, more than 7,800 continuing education courses, about 600 apprentices at 25 locations, and dozens of partnerships with universities, industrial partners, start-up accelerators, and NGOs.