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Energy and climate protection

Strategy

  • Major projects for reduction of nitrous oxide emissions and efficient generation and use of steam and electricity
  • Around one-third of annual research spending used in development of products and processes for climate protection and energy efficiency

We are committed to energy efficiency and global climate protection. We make an important contribution with our efforts to further reduce emissions along our value chain, as well as with our climate protection products. The conservation of resources is also one of our fundamental principles. We use efficient technologies to generate steam and electricity as well as energy-efficient production processes, and have implemented comprehensive energy management.

Strategy

We want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our production and along the entire value chain. We have been performing measures such as those for the reduction of nitrous oxide in our production since as early as 1997. These have been implemented to a large extent, along with our major projects for the efficient generation and use of steam and electricity. Comparisons with European emissions trading benchmarks show that our chemical plants operate at above-average efficiency. Around 50% of BASF Group emissions in 2012 resulted from steam and electricity generation in our power plants as well as in our energy suppliers’ power plants. We want to further reduce these emissions with the help of numerous smaller measures and projects to increase energy efficiency. To do so, we rely on energy management which helps us to analyze and continue improving energy efficiency at our plants.

As a company in an energy-intensive industry, our success also depends on the long-term security and competitiveness of our energy supplies. We implemented a Group directive in 2012 that aims to further improve the reliable and economical supply and use of energy at our sites. It contains requirements for the efficient use of energy and the preparation of energy concepts as well as for the verification of supply reliability.

We offer our customers solutions that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency. About a third of our annual research spending goes toward the development of these products and processes.

Our climate protection activities are based on comprehensive emissions controlling. We report on greenhouse gases in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Standard, as well as the sector-specific standard for the chemical industry published in 2013, which we helped develop as part of a working group for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. According to the Carbon Disclosure Project, we are among the ten leading companies in the world in climate protection.

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BASF Group’s greenhouse gas emissions according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol *
(1,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents)

BASF operations including Oil & Gas

GWP factor **

2002

2010

2011

2012

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BASF reports separately on direct and indirect emissions from the purchase of energy. Scope 1 emissions encompass both direct emissions from production and generation of steam and electricity, as well as direct emissions from the generation of steam and electricity for sale. Scope 2 emissions comprise indirect emissions from the purchase of energy for BASF use.

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GWP factor: Global warming potential of the individual gases expressed as a factor of CO2 emissions

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Calculated using the GWP factors of the individual components (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 1995)

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Also includes sales to BASF Group companies and joint ventures; as a result, emissions reported under Scope 2 can be reported again in some cases

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Voluntary Carbon Units (VCU) certificates from measures to reduce emissions, which were sold to third parties

Scope 1

 

 

 

 

 

CO2 (carbon dioxide)

1

14,634

18,787

18,488

18,115

N2O (nitrous oxide)

310

6,407

1,862

1,124

868

CH4 (methane)

21

244

94

105

80

HFC (hydrofluorocarbons) ***

140-11,700

61

82

85

85

SF6 (sulfur hexafluoride)

23,900

0

3

2

1

Scope 2

 

 

 

 

 

CO2

1

5,243

4,402

4,879

4,479

Total

 

26,589

25,230

24,683

23,628

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sale of energy to third parties (Scope 1) ****

 

 

 

 

 

CO2

1

347

484

1,116

1,059

Total

 

26,936

25,714

25,799

24,687

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offsets (certificates sold) *****

 

0

0

175

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total including offsets

 

26,936

25,714

25,974

24,687