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Part of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management´s Analysis

Climate protection

Climate change is one of the main challenges facing society. Industry, science, politics and society need to work together to find global solutions for climate protection. At the beginning of 2008, we presented our action plan for climate protection: We set ourselves ambitious climate protection goals, appointed a Climate Protection Officer and presented a comprehensive corporate carbon footprint. We create business opportunities for ourselves and our customers with our products for climate protection.

Climate protection is an integral part of our sustainability strategy. We support the goals of the Kyoto Protocol and are committed to contributing to their global implementation. We reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our production by further improving the energy efficiency of our processes. Above all, our products make a major contribution to climate protection. They enable our customers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save resources. We develop innovative technologies for climate protection together with customers and our partners in industry and science. BASF invests over €400 million per year in research and development for products and technologies for energy efficiency, climate protection, resource conservation and renewable raw materials.

Listing in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index

BASF’s commitment to climate protection and our transparent reporting on this issue have been officially recognized with our listing in the renowned Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). In 2008, BASF achieved the top ranking in this global index in the category carbon-intensive sectors. In the United States, BASF has been a member of the Business Environmental Leadership Council of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change since 2008. Membership is attained by invitation from the Center and is offered to companies that actively advocate climate protection.
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Greenhouse gas emissions
(1,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year)

 

 

GWP-Faktor*

2002**

2005

2006

2007

2008

*

GWP factor global warming potential of the individual gases compared with CO2

**

Baseline

***

Energy-related CO2 emissions cover both direct emissions arising from the generation of electricity and steam as well as indirect emissions from the acquisition and sale of electricity and steam.

****

Halogenated fluorocarbons (HFC) and perfluorcarbons (PFC); Calculated using the GWP factors of the individual components (IPCC 1995)

*****

Specific greenhouse gas factor = metric tons of greenhouse gases per metric ton of sales product

CO2***

1

18,236

19,737

20,250

21,433

20,727

N2O

310

6,407

4,915

4,602

5,963

6,294

CH4

21

10

16

12

21

15

HFC****

140 – 11,700

61

116

121

96

69

PFC****

6,500 – 9,200

0

0

0

0

0

SF6

23,900

0

1

2

1

2

 

 

24,714

24,785

24,987

27,514

27,107

spec. GHG factor*****

 

0.897

0.800

0.786

0.749

0.770

ACTION PLAN CLIMATE PROTECTION


  • New ambitious climate protection goals
  • Corporate Carbon Footprint reporting
  • Appointment of the Climate Protection Officer
  • Global expert group for climate change monitoring
  • Energy efficiency program in production

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