Last Update:
Mar. 10, 2011
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Part of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management´s Analysis

Energy and resource efficiency

  • Global analysis of energy consumption and costs
  • 12 million MWh savings with combined heat and power (CHP) technology
  • Savings of more than 1.6 million metric tons of oil equivalent per year with the Energy Verbund
  • Most important raw materials: naphtha, natural gas, methanol, ammonia, benzene
  • Use of renewable energies when supply is secure and competitive
  • Use of renewable raw materials when they offer economic and environmental benefits

To supply our production sites with energy, we operate highly efficient CHP plants that generate both power and steam. By using CHP technology, we are able to meet more than 70% of BASF’s electricity demand and saved more than 12 million MWh of fossil fuels in 2010, compared to conventional electricity and steam generation. We are examining the use of renewable energy sources. But these will only play a permanent role in our energy mix when they become competitive in terms of costs and supply security. We analyze energy consumption and costs worldwide, identify potential savings and develop measures based on this information. For example, at our site in Geismar, Louisiana, we increased the yield and saved energy at the ethylene oxide plant by using improved control engineering.

Our Verbund concept makes an important contribution to energy efficiency by linking our production and energy demand. Waste heat from production processes is captured to be used as energy in other production plants. Thanks to the Energy Verbund, BASF saves more than 1.6 million metric tons of oil equivalent per year, equal to an annual reduction in CO2 emissions of 3.8 million metric tons.

The Verbund also helps us use raw materials efficiently. By-products of one plant can be used as feedstocks elsewhere.

The most important raw materials for BASF are naphtha, natural gas, methanol, ammonia and benzene. For some applications, we replace fossil raw materials with renewables provided they offer ecological and economic advantages.

In the raw material change growth cluster, we research and identify cost-effective processes for the use of alternative raw materials such as natural gas, coal, renewable raw materials and carbon dioxide.

In addition to research and development on growth clusters, we also offer innovative solutions to further improve our customers’ energy efficiency. For example, X-Seed® not only accelerates concrete hardening, it also saves energy in the hardening process. BASF’s products contribute to improving the competitiveness of renewable energies: A new top coat was added to our portfolio in 2010 which offers better erosion protection for wind turbine rotor blades. Information relevant to the principles of the Global Compact
For more on risks from the availability of raw materials and raw materials trading, see Company-specific opportunities and risks

Energy supply of the BASF Group 2010

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