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Our corporate carbon footprint

Corporate carbon footprint

  • Comprehensive reporting on greenhouse gas emissions along the value chain
  • Use of climate protection products sold in 2012 reduces our customers’ emissions by 320 million metric tons of CO2

BASF is the only industrial company worldwide to have published a comprehensive corporate carbon footprint since 2008, and we are constantly updating the basis for our calculations. We report on all emissions along the value chain and show the volume of emissions prevented through the use of our climate protection products. We plan our climate protection activities along the value chain based on our corporate carbon footprint. At the Ludwigshafen site, for example, we started up a new intermodal transportation terminal in 2012. This will enable us to continue the switch to transporting our goods by rail, saving up to 100,000 metric tons of transportation-related carbon emissions per year.

We have defined climate protection products as those product groups which, compared with the alternatives, avoid greenhouse gas emissions over their entire life cycle – from production and use to disposal – and whose ecoefficiency is at least as good as that of the alternatives. The use of climate protection products we sold in 2012 reduces our customers’ emissions by 320 million metric tons of CO2 (2011: 330 million metric tons). The slight decrease compared with the previous year is due to lower sales volumes for our climate protection products in 2012. Our goal is to continuously increase the contribution of these products to climate protection.

Greenhouse gas emissions along the BASF value chain in 20121
(in million metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
Greenhouse gas emissions along the BASF value chain in 2012 (bar chart)Enlarge image

1 According to Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Scope 1, 2 and 3 (categories within Scope 3 shown in parentheses)

Prevention of greenhouse gas emissions through the use of BASF products by sector
(in million metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
Prevention of greenhouse gas emissions through the use of BASF products by sector (pie chart)Enlarge image