- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 31.7% compared with baseline 2002 achieved
- Energy efficiency increased by 19.3%
- Continuous flaring of gases associated with crude oil production stopped in routine operations
Goals 2020BASF operations excluding Oil & Gas (Baseline 2002)
Natural gas transport(Base year 2010)
We aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per unit and distance of transported gas by 10%. 1 Per metric ton of sales product
By 2020, we aim to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton of sales product by 40% compared with baseline 2002. We already achieved a reduction of 31.7% in 2012 (2011: 34.6%). Since 1990, we have been able to lower our greenhouse gas emissions from BASF operations (excluding Oil & Gas) by 45% and reduce specific emissions by 73% overall. By 2020, we want to improve the energy efficiency of our production processes by 35% compared with 2002. In 2012, we were able to achieve an increase of 19.3% (2011: 25.7%). Our increase in energy efficiency and our reduction of specific greenhouse gas emissions were both lower compared with the previous year; this was a result of portfolio measures such as the carve-out of our styrenic plastics business at the end of 2011, as well as longer plant downtimes for maintenance and reduced plant capacity utilization in 2012.
In the oil and gas business, we achieved our goal of stopping the continuous flaring of gases associated with crude oil production in routine operations at all oil production sites by the end of 2012. As a result, we can prevent the emission of around two million metric tons of greenhouse gases per year. In 2012, we surpassed our 2020 goal of reducing carbon emissions per amount and distance of transported natural gas by 10% compared with 2010 in the natural gas transportation business: Through the startup of particularly energy-efficient pipelines, we were able to achieve a reduction of 22.1%. With increasing pipeline capacity utilization and the associated higher energy demand, specific emissions will rise in the future.
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton of sales product in BASF operations excluding Oil & Gas (in %)Enlarge image
Increase in energy efficiency of production processes in BASF operations excluding Oil & Gas 1 (in %)Enlarge image
1 Deviation from Reports 2008 to 2011 due to correction of previous years’ energy efficiency parameter as a result of reclassification of natural gas usage