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Energy supply and efficiency

Energy supply of the BASF Group 2012
Energy supply of the BASF Group 2012 (pie chart)Enlarge image

We use highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) plants to provide our energy. With this CHP technology, we can meet more than 70% of our electricity needs. In 2012, it allowed us to save more than 12 million MWh of fossil fuels compared with separate methods of generating steam and electricity, preventing 2.5 million metric tons of carbon emissions. The Verbund system is an important component of our energy efficiency concept. Waste heat from one plant’s production process is used as energy in other plants. In this way, we saved around 17 million MWh in 2012, which corresponds to 3.4 million metric tons’ worth of prevented carbon emissions.

We installed a turbine for the expansion of natural gas at one of our facilities at the Ludwigshafen site in 2012. This allows the energy released by the reduction of gas pressure to be used in electricity generation. In order to raise employee awareness on the topic of energy efficiency, we created a brochure with tips for saving energy in daily activities and offered consultation on energy and renovation for the home as a part of our energy efficiency campaign.

We rely on locally available energy sources for the supply of energy at our sites. Especially in the growing Asian market, we and our energy suppliers must make use of coal as an energy source to a certain extent, since the more climate-friendly natural gas is not available in sufficient quantities and at competitive prices.

We are exploring the use of renewable energies. These can only become a permanent part of our energy mix if they are competitive in terms of supply security and cost. With numerous research projects, we contribute to increasing the efficiency of technologies for the use of renewable energy sources.

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Key indicators for climate protection and energy in BASF operations excluding Oil & Gas


Baseline 2002





Scope 1 and Scope 2 according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Standard, excluding emissions from the generation of steam and electricity for sale to third parties


Primary energy used in BASF’s plants as well as in the plants of our energy suppliers to cover energy demand for production processes

Greenhouse gas emissions 1
(million metric tons of CO2 equivalents)





Specific greenhouse gas emissions
(metric tons of CO2 equivalents per metric ton of sales product)





Primary energy demand 2 (million MWh)





Energy efficiency (metric tons of sales product per MWh)