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BASF Research Press Conference

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 scientists are offering exclusive insights on how to improve existing cycles or create completely new approaches for the circular economy.

BASF’s circular economy program

BASF has launched a new Circular Economy Program. By the year 2030, we aim to double our sales generated with solutions for the circular economy to €17 billion. To achieve this, BASF is concentrating on three action areas: circular feedstocks, new material cycles and new business models.

Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of BASF SE, responsible for the divisions Corporate Legal, Compliance, Tax & Insurance, Corporate Development, Corporate Communications & Government Relations, Corporate Human Resources and Corporate Investor Relations

The circular economy is a central future topic in society and politics. At BASF, we are currently driving forward more than 20 projects for the circular economy. And we are doing this with a great deal of ambition and creativity because this paradigm shift also affects practically all our customer industries.

Dr. Martin Brudermüller
Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer, BASF SE
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Chemical recycling: Turning plastic waste into chemical feedstock

The linear economy has had its day because we simply can no longer afford it. In order to maintain our standard of living, we have to find new ways, develop new technologies to secure the future of our children in a sustainable way.

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Dr. Christian Lach
Project Lead ChemCycling
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Battery recycling: Closing the loop in e-mobility

Sustainable and climate-friendly mobility is one of the greatest challenges of our time. I am excited to be able to contribute to solutions with my research. This will close the loop for battery materials.

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Dr. Kerstin Schierle-Arndt
Vice President Research Inorganic Materials and Synthesis
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Mechanical recycling: Reviving used plastics with smart additives

Implementing a consistent recycling economy requires new approaches in the design, production and use of materials. Innovations from the chemical industry are decisive for this and thus also the innovations from BASF.

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Dr. Alice Glättli
Vice President Strategy & Innovation Performance Chemicals
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The rambutan program: Organic feedstocks, sourced sustainably

We are always looking for interesting active ingredients in nature - like rambutan. Our goal is to make sure that nothing goes to waste by upcycling every part of the fruit and tree, to maximize the sources of income for local partners and ensure sustainability.

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Dr. David Hérault
Global Research & Development Director Cosmetic Bioactives
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