We invest in research – including for innovative climate protection products

What do electric cars and wind turbines have in common? Both can be made more efficient by BASF’s products. As a global chemical company, we serve diverse industries and help prevent carbon emissions in many areas of life. We invest around a third of our annual research spending in solutions and products that help prevent greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. The diversity of our sustainable development projects is illustrated through selected examples.

Assessing sustainability in agriculture

Brazil, France, India – around the globe, AgBalance® helps farmers improve their sustainability profile and, through energy-efficient production methods, contribute to climate protection. Developed by BASF’s experts, these methods evaluate farms in terms of ecological, economic and social indicators and identify potential for improvement. Emissions and energy use also play a major role, as do considerations of cost, future generations and consumers. For example, the optimized application of nitrogen fertilizers can contribute to climate protection.

We launched AgBalance® in India in 2013: Farmers participating in BASF’s “Samruddhi” initiative can create a comprehensive sustainability profile. “Samruddhi” means “success” in the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. Since 2006, smallholder farmers have discovered how they can effectively guard their crops against pests and diseases in fluctuating climatic conditions and secure reliable yields. Over 230,000 farmers are taking part in the initiative.

Efficient heat insulation protects both climate and wallet

At the end of the nineties, BASF’s Neopor® insulation material was fresh on the market when it was used in the renovation of Ludwigshafen’s Brunck Quarter. A long-term study shows: insulation pays off across the board. These “3, 5 and 7-liter houses” save a total of 387,000 liters of heating oil each year. Primarily on account of this, carbon emissions for the entire Brunck Quarter fell by 8,300 metric tons over a period of ten years. A survey revealed that over 90% of residents felt “happy” or “very happy” in their energy-saving apartments.

Carbon emissions of a single-family home with and without wall insulation over a period of 40 years

282 metric tons

of carbon emissions

Single-family house without wall insulation

Single-family house without wall insulation

137 metric tons

of carbon emissions

Single-family house with Neopor® insulation

Single-family house with Neopor® insulation

Difference of 145 metric tons

of carbon emissions

Climate protection also pays off within your own four walls

An uninsulated single-family home in Germany is kept at a constant 19C indoor temperature, all year round, for 40 years. What is the difference between this and a house insulated with Neopor®? It is the 145 metric tons of carbon emissions avoided by the insulated house’s lower heating requirements. This is the result of a study conducted by BASF using the Eco-Efficiency Analysis, a method which assesses the ecological and economic impact of a product over its entire life cycle. The calculation of the environmental impact is based on six categories: energy consumption, emissions, land use, risk potential, raw material consumption and toxicity potential.

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