Corporate carbon footprint and climate protection products

  • Comprehensive reporting on greenhouse gas emissions along the value chain
  • Use of climate protection products sold in 2013 prevents emission of 300 million metric tons of CO2 for our customers
  • Sales of around €6.7 billion achieved with climate protection products in 2013

BASF has been publishing a comprehensive corporate carbon footprint since as early as 2008. This reports on all emissions along the value chain and shows 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. In 2013, for example, we began exploring – together with our largest suppliers – how we can even more transparently disclose carbon emissions within the value chain and further prevent them.

Greenhouse gas emissions along the BASF value chain in 20131 (in million metric tons of CO2 equivalents)

Greenhouse gas emissions along the BASF value chain in 2013 (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

We have defined climate protection products as those product groups which, compared with the alternatives, prevent greenhouse gas emissions from production and use to disposal, and whose ecoefficiency is at least as good as that of the alternatives. For example, BASF’s Keropur®-brand fuel additives result in better combustion in engines. This enables an approximately 1% decrease in fuel consumption and reduces pollutants and greenhouse gases in the exhaust. Our Neopor® insulation materials help reduce carbon emissions and energy requirements in buildings.

The use of climate protection products we sold in 2013 prevents the emission of 300 million metric tons of CO2 for our customers (2012: 320 million metric tons).

We generated sales of around €6.7 billion (around 9% of BASF Group sales) with our climate protection products in 2013 (2012: €7.2 billion), such as building insulation materials, plastic components for the automotive industry, and materials for wind turbines. The year-on-year decrease in sales with climate protection products resulted from lower demand in the housing and construction sector. Our goal is to continually increase the contribution of our current climate protection products, as well as of new products and solutions, to climate protection.

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