Last Update:
March 1, 2012

Renewable and mineral raw materials

Renewable raw materials

  • More than 3% of raw materials purchased worldwide in 2011 were from
    renewable sources
  • Succinic acid produced from renewable raw materials
  • Member in Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

In 2011, more than 3% of the raw materials we purchased worldwide were from renewable sources. BASF is intensifying research and development activities for products and production processes based on renewable raw materials.

In one research project, for example, we have isolated a bacterium with which succinic acid can be produced from renewable resources. Our Eco-Efficiency Analysis shows that this bio-based process is more ecologically efficient than the production of succinic acid using petrochemicals.

BASF is involved in various projects along the value-adding chain to promote the sustainable cultivation of renewable raw materials. Together with Cargill and GIZ, the German governmental agency for international cooperation, we started a project in 2011 for the economical, environmentally friendly and socially responsible production of coconut oil in the Philippines. Furthermore, BASF will continue to be a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, which Cognis joined in 2004. Our goal is to use palm and palm kernel oil from certified, sustainable sources by 2015.

Mineral raw materials

We performed an analysis in 2011 to discover if we use “ conflict minerals.” To our current knowledge, this is not the case. To be certain, we plan in 2012 to trace the source of minerals we purchase all the way back to the original mine. Should some cases arise in which the possibility cannot be excluded that materials are taken from critical regions, we reserve the right to conduct an external audit and, if necessary, end our business relationship with that supplier.

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