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March 1, 2012
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Global climate protection goals

  • Goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in BASF operations (excluding Oil & Gas) per metric ton of sales product (–25%) exceeded, as in the previous year; new goal (–40%) defined for 2020

2020 Goals

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Chemical production1

(baseline 2002)

–40%

Natural gas transport2

(baseline 2010)

–10%

1 per metric ton of sales product
2 per amount and distance of transported gas

In 2011, BASF emitted 25.8 million metric tons of greenhouse gases worldwide, measured as CO2 equivalents (2010: 25.7 million metric tons); of this amount, 23.2 million metric tons were from BASF operations (excluding Oil & Gas) (2010: 23.8 million metric tons). As in the previous year, in 2011 we once again reached our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton of sales product by 25% compared with 2002. The integration of the Cognis portfolio, the further reduction of nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions and the further improvement of energy efficiency all contributed to this development. Overall, we have been able to lower our greenhouse gas emissions from BASF operations (excluding Oil & Gas) by 42% and reduce specific emissions by 74% since 1990. In 2011, we set ourselves a new goal: by 2020, we want to lower emissions per metric ton of sales product by 40% compared with 2002.

Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in BASF operations (excluding Oil & Gas)¹
per metric ton of sales product (in %)

Reduction of specific greenhouse gas emissions in chemical operations (bar chart) Enlarge image

¹ compared with baseline 2002

In the oil and gas business, BASF’s subsidiary Wintershall will likely achieve its goal of stopping the continuous flaring of gases associated with crude oil production in routine operations at all its oil production sites by the end of 2012. Wintershall has also set itself the goal of increasing energy efficiency in natural gas transport: By 2020, it aims to reduce carbon emissions related to the amount and distance of transported natural gas by 10% compared with 2010. This will be accomplished through, for example, a more energy-efficient gas pipe layout and the more intensive reuse of waste heat in the WINGAS Group’s transportation network.

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