LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany — German chemical company BASF has established new ambitious environmental, health and safety goals, according to a report that appeared recently at Safety Online. The company wants to increase its energy efficiency – defined as the amount of sales products in relation to the primary energy demand – worldwide by 35 percent by 2020, compared to the previous goal of 25 percent. In addition, BASF aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per ton of sales product by 40 percent, originally set at 25 percent.
In 2011, BASF increased the energy efficiency of its production processes by 26 percent, compared to 2002. The use of power plants with power-heat-technologies and other individual projects helped the company exceed its goal of improving its energy efficiency.
BASF also succeeded in further reducing emissions to air and water compared to 2002. In 2011, around 61 percent less air pollutants were emitted (excluding the oil and gas production). Emissions of organic substances to water decreased by approximately 74 percent, nitrogen by 87 percent and heavy metals by around 61 percent.
Additional new environmental goals were set by BASF for the responsible use of water as a resource. By 2020, the company plans to cut in half the current amount of drinking water it uses for production compared to 2010. It also intends to establish sustainable water management systems at all production sites in areas of water stress.