BASF Ups Energy and Emissions Goals

February 27, 2012

BASF has heightened its goal to raise energy efficiency worldwide by 35% by 2020 and to decrease greenhouse gas emissions per ton of sales by 40% by 2020.

Having reached its goals for increased energy efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions ahead of schedule last year, BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) has heightened its goal to raise energy efficiency worldwide by 35% by 2020 and to decrease greenhouse gas emissions per ton of sales by 40% by 2020, compared to levels in 2002. Previously, both goals were set at 25%.

“Since BASF operates in an energy-intensive industry, our success depends on securing a long-term, competitive supply of energy and raw materials,” said Margret Suckale, a member of the board of executive directors.

The company says it has also succeeded in further reducing emissions to air and water compared to 2002. Last year, approximately 61% less air pollutants were emitted, excluding oil and gas production. Emissions of organic substances to water decreased by approximately 74%, nitrogen by 87%, and heavy metals by 61%.

The company has also set a new environmental goal-by 2020, it hopes to cut, by 50%, the amount of drinking water it uses for production compared to 2010.