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.

Strategy

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. Aside from greenhouse gases, we also measure emissions of other pollutants into the atmosphere. Our reporting does not take into account air pollutant emissions from oil and gas operations due to their substantial fluctuation during exploration phases.

We aim to prevent and reduce waste. We regularly carry out audits to inspect external waste management plants, ensuring that our hazardous waste is correctly disposed of.

Emissions to air

By 2020, we aim to decrease absolute emissions of air pollutants from our chemical plants worldwide by 70% in comparison with baseline 2002. The decline was 62.2% in 2013; we reduced emissions to 32,385 metric tons (2012: 30,581 metric tons). Emissions of ozone-depleting substances as defined by the Montreal Protocol totaled 28 metric tons in 2013 (2012: 27 metric tons), while emissions of heavy metals totaled 3 metric tons (2012: 3 metric tons). We offer our customers products that enable them to reduce emissions. In 2013, for example, we developed a catalyst for gasoline engines that, in addition to carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, also reduces the emission of particulate matter in traffic.

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Emissions to air1 (in metric tons)
Air pollutants from BASF operations excluding Oil & Gas

 

20022

2010

2011

2012

2013

1

The figures for the 2011 business year and earlier were not restated according to the new accounting and reporting standards IFRS 10 and 11. For more information on our data collection methods, see Data.

2

Baseline

CO (carbon monoxide)

46,208

3,964

4,419

4,264

4,547

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

15,045

12,764

13,003

11,507

11,551

NMVOCs (non-methane volatile organic compounds)

15,005

5,550

6,127

6,148

5,760

SOx (total various sulfur oxides)

6,633

4,934

4,483

3,423

4,489

Dust

1,734

3,537

3,069

2,858

3,542

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

994

3,191

3,263

2,382

2,496

Total

85,619

33,940

34,364

30,581

32,385

Waste management

In 2013, we stipulated a globally valid standard for monitoring contaminated sites and conducting remediation measures. In the selection of appropriate measures for site remediation, we work on solutions to balance costs, nature conservation and climate protection aspects, legal requirements, and increased transportation volumes. For example, we continued to advance a series of remediation measures at our sites in Switzerland in 2013.

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Waste management, BASF Group (million metric tons)

 

2012

2013

1

Comprises all production waste and hazardous waste from construction activities

2

The increase compared with 2012 is mainly due to construction activity at the site in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

3

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

Total waste generation1

2.21

2.472

Thereof from oil and gas exploration

0.16

0.14

Waste recovered

0.89

0.73

Recycled

0.26

0.31

Thermally recovered

0.63

0.42

Waste disposed of

1.32

1.75

In underground landfills

0.11

0.12

In surface landfills

0.65

0.80

Through incineration

0.56

0.82

Classification of waste for disposal3

 

 

Non-hazardous waste

0.41

0.44

Hazardous waste

0.91

1.31

Transported hazardous waste

0.33

0.33