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Environmental Stewardship

In its Vision 2010, BASF has adopted Sustainable Development as a motto and undertakes to be guided by the principles of this concept with its strong orientation toward the future. Knowledge derived from research and development provides the basis for processes and products which conserve resources and are environmentally compatible – and also profitable. To this base BASF adds the Verbund approach to the integration of ideas – between plastics producers and society.

Plastics: the best products for the environment and resource conservation

When it comes to conservation of resources and protection of the environment, plastics can make a decisive contribution. Well-insulated houses use less energy for heating, and lightweight vehicles consume less fuel and produce less pollutants. In countries such as Germany, with automotive production of about 40 million, the average automobile already has 150 kilograms of plastics replacing about 300 kilograms of other materials. This reduces fuel consumption by 4.5 billion litres and cuts CO2 emissions by about ten billion kilograms annually.

But BASF is determined to find even more efficient plastics for the future: more efficient in production, and more efficient in use – materials which use even less energy but are just as effective in meeting the high requirements placed upon them by customers, users, and the environment.

 

Ecoefficiency analysis as a tool for Sustainable Development

 

In support of sustainability, BASF has joined with its business partners in pioneering the development of a strategic tool: ecoefficiency analysis. This permits both economics and ecology to be included in the equation when products and processes are being developed and optimized. Then when the various alternatives are considered the most ecoefficient can be selected. The entire life cycle of a product is examined – from extraction of the raw materials through to recovery of the product.

 

A model of successful waste recovery
Used plastics are a valuable source of raw materials. Mechanical recycling, feedstock recycling, and energy recovery – there are many ways of regaining the value inherent in plastics. BASF has achieved considerable expertise in the field of recycling, in particular feedstock recycling of mixed plastic waste packaging. We have developed our own process and demonstrated its effectiveness on a pilot plant. The Company is committed to the concept of integrated waste management, and promotes this approach not only through its products but through technologies and expertise.


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