Newsletter Sustainable Development
BASF was again included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). The company received special recognition by the analysts for Risk & Crisis Management, Environmental Policy and Reporting and Climate Strategy. The DJSI World is the most important sustainability index and represents the top 10 percent of the largest 2,500 companies in each industry included in the Dow Jones Global Index. BASF shares are included in the DJSI World for the tenth year in succession.
The international investor group Carbon Disclosure Project has again selected BASF for inclusion in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). CDLI selection is reserved for companies showing exemplary transparency in their climate protection reporting. BASF is top scorer in the Materials sector for the second year in succession. In addition, BASF has been named to the new Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI). The CPLI assesses the performance of corporations in managing the opportunities and risks of climate change.
BASF and its employees in more than 20 countries have together donated about €785,000 for the flood victims in Pakistan.
In the immediate aftermath of the flooding, BASF Group companies in Pakistan and local employees provided local assistance, for example an internal aid committee prepared relief packages containing food, medicines and other emergency goods and organized aid distribution points near BASF sites in Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Sialkot.
The result of this year's electrofishing at the BASF site in Ludwigshafen was healthy, well nourished fish representing 14 fish species. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Jatzek, BASF biologist and project leader, measured, weighed and examined the fish and was satisfied with the result: "The fish are healthy and well nourished. For the first time, a marbled goby was in the net." The marbled goby is a fresh and brackish water species. "The fish must have found its way through the Danube to the Rhine River" was Jatzek's explanation for the unusual catch. In addition, a 70-centimeter-long asp was caught.
At this year's Global Social Business Summit, the concept of how Social Business can help to fight poverty was discussed.
BASF and Grameen Healthcare Trust jointly embarked on a new path to foster Social Business by founding BASF Grameen Ltd. in Bangladesh in 2009. At this event in Wolfsburg, BASF's Social Business Team informed the participants about BASF Grameen Ltd. and its contribution in reaching the UN-Millennium Development Goals.
According to United Nations estimates, over 9 billion people will be living on Earth by the year 2050. The amount of arable land needed to feed them, however, will not increase at the same rate. Inexpensive greenhouses made from plastic film represent one way to solve this problem: With the aid of such greenhouses, the output per hectare can be increased considerably. A new light stabilizer that BASF will launch at the K show after six years of development can help improve these greenhouses and make them even more effective.
BASF's specially developed Glenium® SKY improves not only the structural properties of concrete, but also its eco-friendliness. Because of its versatility, concrete is the most widely used man-made material. But it has one considerable disadvantage: it causes large amounts of climate damaging carbon dioxide (CO2). Using BASF's concrete admixture Glenium, up to 50 percent of the cement clinker, a material whose production requires enormous amounts of energy and accounts for about six to seven percent of global carbon emissions, can be replaced with other materials. These materials include fly ash, a byproduct of coal-fueled electric power plants, or blast furnace slag obtained during steel production and recycled for these purposes. In this way, Glenium admixtures allow savings of up to 60 percent carbon in concrete production. In 2008, BASF's concrete admixtures already racked up savings of 22 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, equal to the emissions of the entire Berlin conurbation.
The aim of this eco-efficiency analysis was to determine whether the new diaper generation (DM babylove 2010) is more eco-efficient (which means preferable in terms of ecological impact and economics) for consumers in Germany compared with the previous generation of DM babylove diapers from 2006 and 2008.
A further aim was to award the diapers with a consumer label. The label can be given if either the ecological or the economic dimension shows an improvement of at least 5% compared to the old generation of the product. A combination of both dimensions, ecological (3.5% greater efficiency) and economical improvement, also comply with the label criteria, whereas a minimum improvement of 1,5% has to be achieved on the ecological side. It was shown that the new generation of tested babylove diapers in various sizes (midi, maxi, maxi plus, junior, junior plus) are more eco-efficient than the previous generation. All five sizes were awarded with the label and the associated analysis has been confirmed by a certficate (TÜV Rheinland).
BASF and Renova Stroygroup today announced a strategic partnership for energy-efficient construction in Ekaterinburg. Renova Stroygroup plans to construct housing for around 325,000 people with the aid of energy-efficient BASF construction materials and expertise in the new city district of Akademitscheskij Rayon, one of Europe's largest building sites. The first building with a thermal insulation composite system has now been constructed in Akademitscheskij Rayon using insulation paneling made of BASF's Neopor®. The paneling system enables energy savings of up to 50 percent compared with non-insulated buildings. In addition, BASF’s subsidiary Luwoge consult will contribute to the conception and planning of a low-energy house in Akademitscheskij Rayon.
The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and BASF received a 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award at a ceremony held at the Ronald Reagan Center in Washington, D.C. The two companies were honored for their jointly developed hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) technology that vastly improves the production process of a key chemical intermediate, propylene oxide.
A newly reconstructed school building complex in Mirzagonj, Patuakhali, will also serve as a community center and cyclone shelter for surrounding residents. BASF representatives, school leaders, local government officials, and UN-HABITAT inaugurated the new school, a project executed by UN-HABITAT and funded by BASF Social Foundation.