Global goals

Reduction of carbon emissions

  • Reduction of specific greenhouse gas emissions by 34% compared with baseline 2002
  • Increase energy efficiency by 19.8% compared with baseline 2002
  • Reduction of carbon emissions in natural gas transport by 9.0% compared with baseline 2010

2020 Goals

BASF operations excluding Oil & Gas (baseline 2002)
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions1
–40%
Increase energy efficiency
+35%
1 Per metric ton of sales product

By 2020, we aim to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton of sales product by 40% compared with baseline 2002. We achieved a reduction of 34% in 2013 (2012: reduction of 33.4%). Since 1990, we have been able to lower our greenhouse gas emissions from BASF operations (excluding Oil & Gas) by 48.3% and reduce specific emissions by 74.2% overall. By 2020, we want to improve the energy efficiency of our production processes by 35% compared with 2002. We were able to achieve an increase of 19.8% in 2013 (2012: 21.9%).

Our goal is to achieve a 10% reduction in carbon emissions in the natural gas transportation business – calculated by amount and distance of transported natural gas – by 2020 compared with baseline 2010. With the help of more energy-efficient pipelines and the more intense use of waste heat in the transportation network, we were able to reduce carbon emissions by around 9% in 2013 (2012: a reduction of 22.1%). The year-on-year increase in specific emissions was the result of nonoptimal capacity utilization for the pipeline compressor stations.

Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton of sales product in BASF operations excluding Oil & Gas1 (in %)
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton of sales product in BASF operations excluding Oil & Gas (in %) (bar chart)Enlarge image

1 Figures for the 2011 business year and earlier were not restated according to the new accounting and reporting standards IFRS 10 and 11. For more information on our data collection methods, see Data.

Increase in energy efficiency of production processes in BASF operations excluding Oil & Gas1, 2 (in %)
Increase in energy efficiency of production processes in BASF operations excluding Oil & Gas (in %) (bar chart)Enlarge image

1 Deviation from Reports 2008 to 2011 due to correction of previous years’ energy efficiency parameter as a result of reclassification of natural gas usage
2 The figures for the 2011 business year and earlier were not restated according to the new accounting and reporting standards IFRS 10 and 11. For more information on our data collection methods, see Data.