Energy and climate protection

Strategy

  • We are committed to energy efficiency and global climate protection along the value chain
  • We aim for certification of our energy management at German sites in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001
  • Greenhouse gas reporting in accordance with Greenhouse Gas Protocol Standard as well as sector-specific chemical industry standard

We are committed to energy efficiency and global climate protection. An important contribution to this is made by our efforts to continue reducing emissions along the value chain, and by our climate protection products. We utilize energy-efficient production processes and efficient technologies to generate steam and electricity. We have implemented a comprehensive energy management program.

Strategy

We want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our production and along the entire value chain. To this end, we have especially taken measures to reduce nitrous oxide in our production processes, and have been able to lower these emissions by 95% since 1997.

To supply our production sites with energy, we rely on combined heat and power plants with gas and steam turbines and the use of heat released by production processes. Comparisons with European emissions trading benchmarks show that our chemical plants operate at above-average efficiency. Around 50% of BASF Group emissions in 2013 resulted from steam and electricity generation in our power plants as well as in our energy suppliers’ power 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 are committed to energy management that helps us analyze and continue to improve the energy efficiency of our plants. By the end of 2015, we aim to have the energy management at our sites in Germany certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001. In Ludwigshafen, we already certified the most energy-intensive BASF SE production plants in 2013. We have also already implemented these norms at other German sites. In addition, we plan to conduct this certification process at our sites around Europe.

We offer our customers solutions that help prevent greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency. About a third of our total annual research spending goes toward the development of these products and the optimization of our 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. According to CDP, an international organization that measures companies’ environmental data, BASF is among the ten leading companies in the world in reporting on climate protection.

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BASF Group’s greenhouse gas emissions according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol1
(1,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents)

BASF operations including Oil & Gas

GWP factor2

2002

2012

2013

1

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.

2

GWP factor: Global warming potential of the individual gases expressed as a factor of CO2 emissions. The GWP factor is based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 1995, which will be retained in 2013 for purposes of comparability. HFC (hydrofluorocarbons) are calculated using the GWP factors of the individual components.

3

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

4

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

Scope 1

 

 

 

 

CO2 (carbon dioxide)

1

14,634

16,745

16,976

N2O (nitrous oxide)

310

6,407

857

789

CH4 (methane)

21

244

66

73

HFC (hydrofluorocarbons)2

140-11,700

61

80

76

SF6 (sulfur hexafluoride)

23,900

0

1

1

Scope 2

 

 

 

 

CO2

1

5,243

3,977

3,987

Total

 

26,589

21,726

21,902

 

 

 

 

 

Sale of energy to third parties (Scope 1)3

 

 

 

 

CO2

1

347

1,059

927

Total

 

26,936

22,785

22,829

 

 

 

 

 

Offsets (certificates sold)4

 

0

0

142

 

 

 

 

 

Total including offsets

 

26,936

22,785

22,971