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Last Update: 03/11/2010
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Part of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management´s Analysis

Water

Highlights 2009

  • Emissions to water reduced
  • Developed new water supply concept at Antwerp site
  • Expanded portfolio of water treatment products through the Ciba acquisition

For more on our water treatment products, see Performance Products

The sustainable use of water and the conservation of water resources worldwide are important concerns for BASF. Our water conservation activities involve our production and our products: We have decreased specific water use in our production, reduced emissions to water and we are evaluating water protection and supply concepts at our sites. Our products contribute to water catchment and help our customers to save water and reduce emissions to water.

The availability and quality of water varies regionally and locally. We therefore employ different methods for using water sustainably at our sites. To do so, we develop criteria to evaluate whether water at our production sites is sourced sustainably. Most of our large sites are located close to rivers which guarantee a good water supply. Nevertheless, we analyze whether any sites are located in regions in which water shortages can be expected, and whether there are any risks related to long-term water supply. In 2009, we developed a new water supply concept at our Verbund site in Antwerp. Until now, the site has also been using drinking water in production. From 2011 onward, the water used will be drawn from surface water in a tidal freshwater area in the southern part of the Netherlands.

We already use the Eco-Efficiency Analysis to evaluate products and processes with respect to their emissions to water. In 2009, we also started incorporating new criteria such as local water scarcity into the methodology. We contribute our know-how about sustainable water management to partnerships and international initiatives, for instance as a strategic partner of the European Water Partnership.

Water conservation

  • Reduce specific water use at our production sites
  • Optimize water protection concepts at major production sites
  • Products to promote sustainable use of water by customers
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