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

Reducing emissions

Emissions of air pollutants

  • Absolute goal for reducing emissions independent of growth in the product portfolio and greater production volumes
  • Emissions of air pollutants in 2010 totaled 33,940 metric tons, a reduction of 60.4% since 2002

2020 Goal

Reduce emissions of air pollutants


We aim to reduce air pollutants from our chemical plants by 70% compared with 2002.

It is part of our environmental management to regularly monitor our emissions to air. In addition to measuring greenhouse gas emissions, we also measure emissions of air pollutants. Air pollutants include inorganic compounds such as carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide, ammonia and other inorganic compounds, dust, heavy metals and volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs).

We will remain committed to our goal of reducing absolute emissions, even when the size of our portfolio grows: By 2020, we aim to further reduce air pollutants from our chemical plants by 70%. This target does not include emissions from oil and gas production as these are subject to substantial fluctuations during exploration phases. In 2010, emissions of air pollutants in BASF’s chemical operations worldwide grew slightly to 33,940 metric tons (2009: 31,300 metric tons). Emissions of ozone-depleting substances, as defined by the Montreal Protocol, declined in 2010 thanks to the use of alternative blowing agents to 93 metric tons (2009: 108 metric tons) while emissions of heavy metals totaled 4 metric tons (2009: 4 metric tons).

Emissions to air
Air pollutants1 (reduction compared with baseline 2002)

Emissions to air (bar chart)

1 Consist of: CO, NOx (sum of NO2 + NO, calculated as NO2), NMVOC (non-methane volatile organic compounds), SOx, dust and NH3/other inorganics

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