Our climate protection goals

We work continuously to further reduce emissions from our production. We have set ourselves ambitious quantitative goals to this end.

Goals 2020

We are aiming to reduce specific greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton of sales product by 40% by 2020 compared with 2002 (BASF operations excluding Oil & Gas). We have already achieved a 35.5% reduction by 2017.

Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton of sales product in BASF operations excluding Oil & Gas1 (%)

1 The value for the 2012 business year was not adjusted to reflect the currently applied global warming potential factors.
For more information on our data collection methods, see here.

Moreover, we want to have introduced certified energy management systems (DIN EN ISO 50001) at all relevant production sites by 2020. This is one of the ways in which we intend to identify and carry out improvements in energy efficiency.

The selection of relevant sites is determined by the amount of primary energy used and local energy prices. We account for BASF operations including Oil & Gas in this context. The relevant sites represent 90% of BASF’s primary energy demand. At the moment, 43 sites are certified worldwide, representing 54.3% of our primary energy demand.

Goal 2030

From 2019 onward, we follow our new target of CO2-neutral* growth until 2030. This means that we want to serve the globally growing demand for chemical products – but not at the cost of the climate.

In order to reach this target, we will maintain the sum of greenhouse gas emissions arising from our production sites and our energy purchase at the 2018 level. We have therefore started a global Carbon Management Program.

Additional emissions from the expansion or further development of production sites will be balanced by optimization measures in the existing plants and a focus on low carbon energy purchase.

In order to enable further CO2 savings in the chemical industry in the long term, completely new technologies are needed, which we are already starting to look into.


* Our goal includes other greenhouse gases converted to CO2 equivalents. For further information, see  Annual Report.