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Our climate protection goals

Persistence pays off. That is why we work continuously to reduce emissions from our production, and we have set ourselves ambitious quantitative goals to do this:

We are aiming to reduce specific greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton of sales product by 40% by 2020 compared with 2002. We have already achieved a 35.5% reduction by 2017.

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.

We set ourselves a new energy efficiency goal in 2015 covering both the chemicals and the oil and gas businesses. By 2020, we want to have introduced certified energy management systems (DIN EN ISO 50001) at all relevant production sites. The selection of relevant sites is determined by the amount of primary energy used and local energy prices. Taken together, this represents 90% of BASF’s primary energy demand. This is one of the ways in which we intend to identify and carry out improvements in energy efficiency, reducing not only greenhouse gas emissions and saving valuable energy resources, but also increasing the BASF Group’s competitive ability. Sites and pilot plants across all regions were certified in accordance with ISO 50001 in 2017. These include the Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium, production plants at the Guaratinguetá site in Brazil and Freeport in Texas, as well as another ten sites in China, India, Singapore, Ireland, Norway and Switzerland. At the moment, 43 sites are certified worldwide, representing 54.3% of our primary energy demand.