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Air and soil

We want to further reduce emissions to air from our production and prevent waste. We have set ourselves standards for doing so in a global directive. If no recovery options are available, we dispose of waste in a correct and environmentally responsible manner.

Emissions to air

2020 Goal

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

Regular monitoring of our emissions to air is a part of environmental management at BASF. In addition to greenhouse gases, we also measure emissions of other pollutants into the atmosphere. Our reporting does not take into consideration air pollutant emissions from oil and gas operations due to their substantial fluctuation during exploration phases.

By 2020, we aim to decrease absolute emissions of air pollutants from our chemical plants worldwide by 70% in comparison with baseline 2002. In 2012, the decline was 63.1%; we reduced emissions to 31,580 metric tons (2011: 59.9%; 34,364 metric tons). Emissions of ozone-depleting substances as defined by the Montreal Protocol totaled 44 metric tons in 2012 (2011: 62 metric tons), while emissions of heavy metals totaled 3 metric tons (2011: 3 metric tons).

We offer our customers products that enable them to reduce emissions of air pollutants. For example, we develop catalysts for diesel engines that reduce both nitrogen oxides as well as particulate emissions in traffic.

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Emissions to air (in metric tons)
Air pollutants from BASF operations excluding Oil & Gas

 

2002 1

2009

2010

2011

2012

1

Baseline

2

The deviation from the Report 2011 is due to the retroactive inclusion of emissions from a former Cognis site.

CO (carbon monoxide)

46,208

3,549

3,964

4,419

4,352

NOx (total NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) + NO (nitrogen monoxide), calculated as NO2)

15,045

11,767

12,764

13,003

12,279

NMVOCs (non-methane volatile organic compounds)

15,005

5,050

5,550

6,127 2

6,251

SOx (total various sulfur oxides)

6,633

4,884

4,934

4,483

3,451

Dust

1,734

3,126

3,537

3,069

2,863

NH3/other (NH3 (ammonia) and other inorganic substances)

994

2,914

3,191

3,263

2,383

Total

85,619

31,290

33,940

34,364 2

31,580

Waste management

We aim to prevent and reduce waste. We regularly carry out audits to inspect external waste management plants and ensure that our hazardous waste is correctly disposed of. In 2012, we began creation of a central database to collect data on our contaminated sites worldwide. This will enable us to stipulate a global standard for the responsible and environmentally sound management of contaminated sites.

At a landfill at the Ludwigshafen site in 2012, we began comprehensive remediation work for the long-term prevention of pollutant discharge into groundwater. In the selection of appropriate measures for site remediation, we work on solutions for the challenge of balancing different interests – for example, costs, the protection of nature and climate and increased transportation volumes.

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Waste management, BASF Group (million metric tons)

 

2010

2011

2012

1

Comprises all production waste and hazardous waste from construction activities.

2

The classification of waste into hazardous and non-hazardous waste is performed according to local regulations.

3

The deviation from Reports 2010 and 2011 is predominantly due to the retroactive inclusion of waste from construction activity at the Ludwigshafen site.

Total waste generation 1

2.00 3

2.11 3

2.24

Thereof from oil and gas exploration

0.06

0.08

0.16

Waste recovered

0.90

0.96

0.92

Recycled

0.27

0.26

0.27

Thermally recovered

0.63

0.69

0.65

Waste disposed of

1.10 3

1.15 3

1.32

In underground landfills

0.09 3

0.10 3

0.11

In surface landfills

0.53 3

0.48 3

0.65

Through incineration

0.47 3

0.57

0.56

Classification of waste for disposal 2

 

 

 

Non-hazardous waste

0.43 3

0.43

0.41

Hazardous waste

0.67 3

0.72 3

0.91

Transported hazardous waste

0.21

0.30

0.33