Automotive & Transportation

Sustainability – Does nature have to end where the road starts?

Drive forward automotive sustainability.

Reducing CO2 emissions, meeting recycling targets and improving air quality are industry challenges we all are facing. Limited availability of fossil fuels and climate change call for more efficient cars and lower emissions. “We create chemistry for a sustainable future”  according to this purpose we develop chemistry that drives us from A to B with a cleaner footprint. 



BASF a strong partner for sustainable solutions:

  • Driven innovations in chemistry to improve the quality of life

  • Eco-efficient products and practices that result in long-term profitable performance

  • Lightweight plastic materials that improve the ecological impact

  • Fuel additives that reduce emissions

  • Responsible sourcing

  • Safe production for people and environment

  • Protecting the environment with our innovative automotive products and solutions

We drive sustainable solutions.  Explore our virtual car to learn more about our sustainable automotive solutions:

Besides BASF’s strong commitment to a sustainability strategy along the whole value chain we offer you sustainable automotive solutions:


First all-plastic front end carrier


We develop light materials for heavy tasks


First all-plastic front
end carrier





Self-supporting rear seat shell made of the polyurethane Elastolit®

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Less emissions



More energy efficiency

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Achieve up to 1 % less consumption with our fuel perfomance solutions


Our broad portfolio drives eMobility forward

  • Electric powertrain & battery
  • Cathode active materials
  • Engineering plastics
  • New NVH solutions
  • Coolants and lubricants
  • Anti-corrosive coatings


Thermal management

  • NIR reflective pigments and coatings
  • Insulation Materials


Charging infrastructure

  • Engineering plastics

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Biomass is added at the very beginning of our production chain


Customer benefits

  • Drives the use of renewable resources
  • Reduces greenhous gas emissions and saves fossil resources
  • Independently certified (RedCert2 standard)
  • Same product quality and properties

Learn more

Our innovative coating process leads to reduced emissions and energy usage

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Standard paint process

As automakers continue to optimize their paint shops, we plan to work hand-in-hand to create new innovations and processes.

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Integrated paint process

One iteration of the Integrated Process deletes the bake phase after the primer is applied, making it a three-coat, one-bake process vs. the traditional process of three coats and two bakes. This automotive paint system offers customers significant advantages in both time savings and cost reductions because it eliminates one of the steps of the painting process without any compromise to the quality of the color or the final result.

We like to work with our OEM partners to determine what sustainable, automotive paint processes will work best in both their current and new facilities while meeting the demands they have in terms of operational costs and environmental standards."

John Fatura
Coatings technical manager

BASF's ChemCycling project focuses on recycling plastic waste in chemical production rather than disposing of it. Plastic waste is converted into new raw materials by thermo-chemical processes and fed into the BASF Verbund in place of fossil resources. The resulting new chemical products have the same quality as products from fossil raw materials.

1. Waste companies supply recyclers with plastic waste


2. Plastic waste is converted into feedstock

Stefan Gräter (left) and Andreas Kicherer (right) are working on the ChemCycling project to produce new products from chemically recycled plastic waste.BASF's ChemCycling project focuses on recycling plastic waste in chemical production rather than disposing of it. Plastic waste is converted into new raw materials by thermo-chemical processes and fed into the BASF Verbund in place of fossil resources. The resulting new chemical products have the same quality as products from fossil raw materials.

3. This feedstock can be used to create all kinds of chemicals and products, including new plastics


4. Customers use these to make their own products


5. Consumers and companies use and dispose of products


6. The waste is collected and sorted by waste companies

Jaguar Land Rover and BASF’s refinish brands Glasurit® and R-M® set up partnership in Asia Pacific.   credits: Jaguar Land Rover Limited, with registered office at Abbey Road, Whitley, Coventry CV3 4LM, UK (
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New products from plastic waste - ChemCycling project with Jaguar Land Rover


Convert consumer waste into safe, quality parts for premium products 

  • At the end of 2018 BASF first used pilot volumes of a pyrolysis oil derived from plastic waste as a feedstock in its production
  • Four partners have showcased the first prototypes that were created during the pilot phase of the project.
  • Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), a leading automotive manufacturer, developed a plastic front-end carrier prototype for its first electric SUV, the I-Pace, out of Ultramid® B3WG6 Ccycled Black 00564. 


Focus on high-growth & sustainable recycling market 


Sustainability performance

  • Extracting PGMs through the process of smelting and refining spent automotive and chemical catalysts; results in energy and resource savings
  • Provides a sustainable and economically viable secondary source
    of the world’s limited natural resources
  • Recycling of end-of-life catalysts for use in new generation catalysts that provide clean air, increased energy efficiency and production yields




Differentiation potential

  • Resource efficiency
  • Cost savings downstream
  • Emissions reduction (as applied to new generation autocatalysts)
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Recycling and recovery of precious metals for cost effective, sustainable use in a new generation of chemicals and autocatalysts


Sustainability performance

  • Euro 6, and China Stage 6 regulations enforce, in addition to HC (Hydrocarbons), CO (Carbon Monoxide), and NOx (Nitrogen Oxides), tighter control of PM (Particulate Matter) emissions from gasoline engine powered vehicles
  • FWC™ catalyst combines the functionality of a Three-Way Catalyst (TWC) with a filter to remove all four pollutants with just one component
  • Lowers backpressure, saves space, ensures particulate emission below tight regulation limits

Differentiation potential

  • Emissions reduction
  • Cost savings downstream
  • Resource efficiency
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Innovative single-component four-way conversion catalyst that removes multiple pollutants from gasoline engine exhaust 

Choose the filter option "Sustainability" in the virtual car to get an overview on our dedicated portfolio:

Interested in sustainability trends and stories?