The conservation of resources is a fundamental economic principle for us. Therefore, we strive continually to generate and use energy efficiently. Energy efficiency will be one of the most valuable future energy sources as it brings together climate protection, resource conservation and economic benefit.
Energy supply of the BASF Group 2008
In 2008, BASF’s total electricity requirements amounted to 14.4 million MWhel. In addition, a total of 52.4 million metric tons of steam was distributed via steam networks. This electricity and steam is generated in central BASF power plants. In 2008, we used 33.7 million MWh of fossil and residual fuels worldwide to generate this electricity and steam. The amount of primary fuels used (30.0 million MWh) corresponds to 60% of the total of primary fuel used in the BASF Group. 9.9 million MWhel of electrical power and 22.9 million metric tons of steam were generated. We used cogeneration as the primary source of energy supply for our sites. Compared with conventional generation of electricity and steam, this saved approximately 10.9 million MWh of fossil fuels.