Last Update: 03/11/2010
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Part of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management´s Analysis


  • Strategy: efficient energy generation, savings through the Energy Verbund and successful energy management
  • Quantitative goal to increase energy efficiency
  • Products and technologies for increased energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is the most important means of combining climate protection, resource conservation and economic benefits. BASF takes a three-pronged approach to responsible use of energy, focusing on efficient energy generation, reducing energy consumption in our production facilities and developing products and technologies for the efficient use of energy.

Energy supply of the BASF Group 2009

Strategy and goals

2020 GOAL

Increase energy efficiency


We want to improve the energy efficiency of our production processes by 25% compared with 2002.

The careful use of resources is a fundamental economic principle for BASF. Energy efficiency is the key to lowering energy consumption. In 2008, we set ourselves a new goal to improve our energy efficiency. We are pursuing this goal using three methods: efficiency in energy generation, savings through our Energy Verbund, and our energy management, which includes all those activities we use to analyze and further increase energy efficiency at BASF plants. In this way, we develop integrated energy concepts that are tailored to the conditions at the site, combine competitive prices with supply reliability and make a contribution to climate protection.

The drop in demand in 2009 led to reduced production volumes in the BASF Group’s chemicals business and therefore to a decrease in energy consumption. This decrease was significantly greater than the additional energy consumed by the integrated Ciba sites. Compared with the previous year, energy consumption declined by a total of 1.5 million MWh. Due to necessary shut down and start up processes and the lower capacity utilization rates at plants, the energy efficiency – measured as the volume of sales products produced in relation to the energy required – declined compared with 2008. Compared with the baseline 2002, the figure in 2009 was only 15.7% higher. Despite the difficult economic environment, we continue to focus on measures that increase our energy efficiency and to adhere to our energy goal for 2020.

Furthermore, we offer solutions that save energy and reduce CO2 emissions. We are present on renewable energy markets with products such as organic semiconductor materials for solar panels and system solutions for wind turbines.
For more on energy-efficient processes and products, see
Sustainability services

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