Energy supply and efficiency

Energy supply of the BASF Group
Energy supply of the BASF Group 2013 (pie chart)Enlarge image

With gas and steam turbines in our combined heat and power plants, we can meet 70% of the electricity demand of the BASF Group. Compared with separate methods of generating steam and electricity, we saved around 13 million MWh of fossil fuels and prevented 2.6 million metric tons of carbon emissions in 2013. 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 2013 – this corresponds to 3.5 million metric tons’ worth of prevented carbon emissions.

To even further increase the energy efficiency of our site in Lampertheim, Germany, we installed a combined heat and power plant in 2013 that supplies the entire site with power and steam. The use of this technology will enable us to decrease carbon emissions by around 14,000 metric tons per year.

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. For example, we are working on developing storage technologies that help even out the fluctuations involved in feeding electricity from renewable sources into the power grid.

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






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 emissions1
(million metric tons of CO2 equivalents)




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




Primary energy demand2 (million MWh)




Energy efficiency (metric tons of sales product per MWh)