Energy Efficiency BASF Increases Energy Efficiency by 19 Percent

Editor: Tobias Hüser

In 2012, BASF increased its energy efficiency by 19,3 % compared with baseline 2002. The number of work-related accidents dropped in the same period by 48 %. The greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 31,7 % per metric ton of sales product.

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Product safety well on track: BASF has already achieved 45 % of the goal to review risk assessment of its sales products by 2020.
Product safety well on track: BASF has already achieved 45 % of the goal to review risk assessment of its sales products by 2020.
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Ludwigshafen – BASF has set itself worldwide goals for the year 2020. The company aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 % per metric ton of sales product and increase energy efficiency by 35 % compared with baseline 2002 (excluding Oil & Gas). “These goals are very ambitious, because our chemical plants already work efficiently above average in an European comparison. Altogether we are well on track with climate protection,” said Dr. Ulrich von Deessen, President of BASF’s Competence Center Environment, Health and Safety and Climate Protection Officer.

However, in 2012, the reductions in emissions and increase in energy efficiency were lower than in 2011: The company had already emitted 34.6 % less greenhouse gases per metric ton of sales product und improved energy efficiency by 25.7 % compared to 2002. The changes compared with the previous year are mainly caused by reduced plant capacity utilization worldwide and maintenance works.

In the Oil & Gas business, the company stopped the continuous flaring of gases associated with crude oil production in routine operations - at all oil production sites. Solely due to this, the company annually prevents the emission of around 2 million metric tons of greenhouse gases.

Emissions in air and water

In 2012, the total emissions of air pollutants from the chemical plants into the atmosphere dropped by 63.1 % to 31 580 metric tons (2011: minus 59.9 %). By 2020, BASF aims a reduction by 70 % compared to baseline 2002.

The company also reduced the emissions to water in 2012: Compared with 2002, the emissions of organic substances dropped by 76.4 % (2011: minus 73.5 %) and of nitrogen by 87.3 % (2011: minus 87.2 %). The wastewater contained 26 metric tons of heavy metals, representing a worldwide reduction of 56.8 % (2011: minus 60.8 %).

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