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World Water Day 2016

Mar 18, 2016

Mit GuD-Kraftwerken effizient Strom gewinnen / Generating power

World Water Day is celebrated on March 22. Although roughly 70 percent of our planet is covered with water, it is increasingly becoming a scarce resource. The United Nations has defined the access to clean water as one of their 17 Sustainable Development Goals. BASF supports the SDGs and is committed to a responsible use of water along the entire value chain.

Global Goal for sustainable water management

Water is of fundamental importance in chemical production. It is used as a coolant, solvent and cleaning agent, as well as to make our products. BASF is committed to its responsible use in our production sites’ water catchment areas, and along the entire value chain. We have set ourselves a global goal for sustainable water management. The focus lies on 70 global sites, where water is especially scarce, as well as on all Verbund sites. Sustainable water management means considering this topic from all aspects, including societal implications. This includes the influence that the sites’ water use has on their environment inside and outside of the sites. By auditing our sites the identification of savings potential in order to use as little water as possible, particularly in water stress areas, is also facilitated.

Using water responsibly

BASF recirculates water as much as is feasible in order to withdraw less from supply sources. Our larger sites have recooling plants that allow water to be reused several times and that reduce the temperature of used cooling water before it is discharged back into a body of water. The supply, treatment, transportation and recooling of water is associated with a high energy demand. BASF employs various means in our efforts to keep this as low as possible and is constantly working to optimize its energy consumption and the amount of water used, and to adapt to the needs of its business and the environment.

Products for water treatment

Different products and solutions provided by BASF help purify water, use it more efficiently and reduce pollution. One example is Sokalan®, a dispersing agent that prevents buildup of deposits. That way the durability of seawater desalination plants is prolonged enabling them to produce more drinking water. Seawater desalination plants make an important contribution to supplying the world’s population with water. The Middle East’s dry climate, for example, makes the region particularly dependent on this technology. The largest desalination plant in the United Arab Emirates is located in Jebel Ali. BASF supplies it with more than 3,000 metric tons of Sokalan® PM 15l per year; this product prevents the buildup of deposits, emerging from desalination, enabling the plant to generate up to 2 million cubic meters of desalinated water each day.

Get to know some of our colleagues at BASF, who contribute to a sustainable water use: