Lubricant Components Sustainability Solutions
Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time, we as BASF aim to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. To achieve this, we become more efficient in our production and energy usage, we will increase our use of renewable energies and we will accelerate the development and deployment of new CO2-free processes for the production of chemicals.
We want to live up to our responsibility for climate protection. One way we do this is with our products, which enable our customers to lower CO2 emissions.
But that is not all: We also become more efficient in our production and energy use, we will increase our use of renewable energies and we will accelerate the development and deployment of new CO2-free processes for the production of chemicals.
In order to be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a large scale, the focus is on switching to renewable energy sources. This is because the use of new technologies will replace fossil fuels such as natural gas with electricity from renewable sources in the future.
We also evaluate the impact on the environment during production and the use of products based on renewable raw materials. The use of renewable raw materials broadens our raw materials basis and thus reduces further the dependency on fossil resources.
Product Carbon Footprints create transparency about greenhouse gas emissions associated with our products.
At the same time, they are only one piece of a bigger sustainability picture. Comprehensive sustainability assessments of products include environmental, economic and social criteria. If customers want to get a more holistic picture, we recommend multi-criteria assessment tools like our Eco-Efficiency Analysis.
Circular economy means decoupling growth from resource consumption.
BASF is driving circular economy by making the most of the limited resources of our planet: We keep them in use for as long as possible, minimize waste and create value with renewable resources. For this, we contribute to close and extend the loops by developing and implementing circular solutions for the materials we source, further optimizing our operations and offering resource-efficient products and services which support our customers’ circularity journeys.
The development of chemicals based on biological feedstocks is critical for a sustainable future and BASF is proud to offer lubricant components from bio-renewable feedstocks as part of our circular solutions offering. Whether these are bio-based raw materials or leveraging renewable raw materials to substitute fossil resources, we are continuously developing our lubricants components portfolio to offer the most advanced sustainability solutions to lower our environmental footprint.
BASF's Biomass balance approach
With our biomass balance (BMB) portfolio, we leverage the power of nature and use renewable raw materials to substitute fossil resources and reduce CO2 emissions.
It works similar to green electricity, where a mix of energy sources is fed into one grid and the renewable share is allocated to households that purchase green electricity. We use biomethane, e.g. derived from agricultural waste, substitute it for the fossil naphtha in our production "Verbund" and allocate these quantities to our BMB products. An independent certification confirms that BASF has replaced the required quantities of fossil resources for the biomass balanced product with renewable feedstock.
Cradle-to-cradle (Lifecycle analysis)
Product carbon footprints (PCFs) allow companies to compare products' direct process CO2 emissions, energy demand and scope 3 upstream CO2 emissions. With a joint lifecycle analysis (LCA), we can take you one step further. LCAs additionally include the use and end-of-life phase. This allows for a comparison of performance and sustainability advantages after production. For many lubricant applications, the benefit is only visible when looking at the whole lifecycle. Above that, additional environmental impact categories, such as land use or water consumption, can be included in an LCA.
- LCA data can show products' (sustainability) performance in application and end-of-life phases
- Backward integrated production enables primary data instead of industry averages
- BASF's sustainability knowhow and expertise ensure high-quality results
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Not only the product itself, but also the packaging plays a crucial role.
Packaging does not only preserve and protect the product from damages, but also often contribute significantly to the related emissions. Hence, BASF is on a continuous journey to reduce and optimize packaging while ensuring its protectionary properties. Above that, BASF does research on innovative recycling technologies, such as chemical recycling, to reuse plastic waste as a resource in chemical production.
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