Circular Economy at BASF

Circular economy means decoupling growth from resource consumption. BASF is driving circular economy by making the most of the limited resources of our planet: We keep them in use for as long as possible, minimize waste and create value with renewable resources. 

BASF Research Conference 2020:
Circular Economy

This year's research press conference is focused on circular economy. Innovations from the chemical industry are crucial to this transformation from linear to circular value chains. BASF scientist are offering exclusive insights on how to improve existing cycles or create completely new approaches for the circular economy.

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We contribute to close and extend the loops by developing and implementing circular solutions for the materials we source, further optimizing our operations and offering resource-efficient products and services which support our customers’ circularity journeys.

We aim to move toward a more Circular Economy by increasingly use recycled and renewable feedstocks, shaping new material cycles and creating new business models. 

New Feedstocks 

Shredded waste tires, ready to be further processed into pyrolysis oil by New Energy, a technology company which supplies BASF with up to 4,000 metric tons of pyrolysis oil per year derived from waste tires


With its chemical recycling project ChemCycling™ BASF aims to manufacture high-performance products from chemically recycled plastic waste on an industrial scale. BASF cooperates with technology partners who transform plastic waste into pyrolysis oil. This oil is fed into BASF’s Verbund and allocated to certain sales products by using a third-party audited mass balance approach. The products have the exact same properties as those manufactured from fossil feedstock.


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Biomass Balance

BASF’s biomass balance (BMB) approach contributes to the use of renewable raw materials in BASF's integrated production system and can be applied to the majority of BASF's product portfolio. Biomass balanced solutions reduce CO2 emissions and save fossil resources. 

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Bio-based Products

BASFs dedicated bio-based portfolio offers solutions for multiple applications. Either as substitute for a fossil alternative (so called drop-ins) to reduce the carbon footprint or new products using their unique properties. 

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New Material Cycles 

New Business Models 

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Last Update 5 November 2020