BASF Reduces GHG Emissions; Focuses on Wind Turbine Blades

Company continues to work on reducing its carbon footprint.

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BASF Corp. announced that it achieved an important goal in 2010: it reduced specific greenhouse gas emissions by 29% compared with 2002. The findings appear in the company's Report 2010, which combines economic, ecological and social aspects.

BASF is currently working on new goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and is continuously enhancing its reporting on greenhouse gas emissions. BASF takes into account the newly drafted standard of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol for reporting emissions along the value chain. The new guidelines aim for more transparency and conformity in corporate carbon reporting.

In addition to significant decreases in greenhouse gas emissions from its own production, BASF reduced its customers’ CO2-footprint by 322 million tons through climate protection solutions.

Testifying to its sustainability efforts, BASF for the tenth time running was listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. The company also tops the Materials sector of the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. In addition, BASF is listed in the new Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI).

The Report 2010 is available at www.basf.com/report.

In other news, BASF Corp. recently opened an epoxy composite laboratory at its technical center in Tarrytown, N.Y. The main focus will be on wind turbine blades. The new laboratory will support the development of new epoxy composite applications and offer a range of facilities for simulating a customer’s production processes with BASF's Baxxodur resin systems.

Composites based on thermosetting epoxy resin systems have become an established material for the production of modern wind turbine rotor blades. According to the company, Baxxodur epoxy systems can be processed significantly faster, over a wider temperature range than conventional systems, thereby increasing flexibility in production and allowing blade manufacturers to make parts of higher quality in significantly reduced cycle times, offering up to 30% improvement in production efficiency. To learn more, visit: http://www.windenergy.basf.com

 

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