Last Update:
March 1, 2012

Energy and resource efficiency

  • 12 million MWh savings with combined heat and power (CHP) technology
  • Savings of more than 18 million MWh per year with the Energy Verbund
  • Most important raw materials: naphtha, natural gas, methanol, ammonia, benzene
  • Construction begun on the first facility for large-scale production of battery materials for electric vehicles

We use highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) plants to generate our own energy. With this CHP technology, we can meet more than 70% of our electricity needs. In 2011, it allowed us to save more than 12 million MWh of fossil fuels compared to conventional methods of generating steam and electricity.

Energy supply of the BASF Group 2011

The Verbund system is an important component of our energy efficiency concept. Waste heat from one plant’s production processes is used as energy in other plants. In this way, BASF saves more than 18 million MWh each year, which corresponds to savings of 3.7 million metric tons worth of carbon emissions annually. Furthermore, the by-products of one plant can be used as feedstock elsewhere, thus helping us to use raw materials more efficiently. Our most important raw materials are naphtha, natural gas, methanol, ammonia and benzene.

We are examining the use of renewable energy sources. These can only become a permanent part of our energy mix if they are competitive in terms of supply security and cost. We support the use and generation of renewable energies, and research and develop technologies that can be used in fields such as wind and solar thermal energy. To advance electric mobility, BASF began construction in 2011 on the first facility for the large-scale production of battery materials for electric vehicles in Elyria, Ohio.

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