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Widest portfolio of adsorbent technologies for a broad spectrum of applications. Catalytic converters for aircraft cabins and fuel inerting. Cathode materials, e-mobility, next-generation technology solutions. Air cleaners that help to improve indoor air quality. Solutions for the most challenging applications. BASF maintains significant diesel research and development facilities around the world. These facilities are being used to develop the technologies needed to meet the extremely low emission levels called for in new emissions regulations. As the global leader in mobile emissions catalysts, BASF has developed a number of specialized catalyst technologies. BASF offers a "full loop" of precious metals products & services. Catalysts for chemical, petrochemical, and refining industries. We offer precious metals supply and full-loop management services, including refining to recover precious metals from spent catalysts. The development of fuels and chemicals based on biological feedstocks is critical to a sustainable future and BASF is proud to provide the catalysts to support this industry. BASF has established itself as a front-runner in this field by becoming the global market leader for sodium methylate, the homogeneous catalyst used for biodiesel production. BASF catalyst technologies play a crucial role in the manufacture of a wide range of fine and specialty chemical products including flavor and fragrances, herbicides and pesticides, resins, pigments and dyestuffs, pharmaceuticals, and plastic and rubber additives. Chemistry plays an important role in the transformation of vegetable oils to products for our daily life. Catalysts are an indispensable tool to make this transformation possible. BASF offers more than 125 years of experience with oxidation catalysts. Each percent of catalyst selectivity advantage creates additional value and reduces COx emission. Solutions for power plants, process industries and more. BASF Catalysts has long been a leader in the development of highly active, robust and selective catalysts and related technologies for the destruction of volatile organic compounds (VOC). Thermocouples, pyrometers - insights for higher yields. Our contact temperature probes include high temperature thermocouples, platinum thermocouples, noble metal thermocouples, thermocouples for the glass industry, profile and spike thermocouples for diffusion furnaces, high temperature industrial thermocouples, furnace thermocouples, and high temperature thermocouple wire and cable. A specialty of BASF for many years is the glass thermocouple. We have grown with the industry and, as glass technology requirements have expanded and changed over the years. Offering excellent accuracy, resolution, repeatability, and stability, EXACTUS® optical pyrometer technology provides significant performance advantages in non-contact temperature measurement in a practical, rugged and user-friendly design.

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Our ambition: to create a sustainable battery materials value chain

Creating chemistry for a sustainable future is the corporate purpose of BASF.

Electromobility is one of the key solutions to merge the global desire for individual mobility and the need to significantly reduce local emissions, especially in combination with renewable energy. As a global leading supplier of battery materials for lithium-ion batteries, we aim to contribute to sustainable battery materials value chain and make electromobility a practical reality for everyone.

"Our battery materials complements BASF‘s overall product portfolio delivering solutions to our customers from the automotive industry. While battery electric vehicles have the benefit of zero emission mobility, the battery itself and its raw material value chain require an energy intensive production process. BASF can help keep the carbon footprint of the value chain for electromobility as low as possible. Our cathode active materials will have an industry leading low CO₂ impact thanks to our efficient manufacturing process, the high share of renewable energy, the upstream integration into the key raw materials like Cobalt and Nickel, as well as the short transportation route along the value chain.”

Dr. Peter Schuhmacher, President, Catalysts Division at BASF

“We strongly believe that electromobility should be based on batteries that are produced with the highest possible social and environmental standards. BASF is contributing with lowest-CO₂ cathode active material solutions to relentlessly strive for a unique, reliable and sustainable battery value chain. We practice sustainable raw materials sourcing and leverage recycling solutions without compromising performance and cost competitiveness.”

Dr. Michael Baier, Senior Vice President of Battery Materials, Catalysts Division at BASF

Reduced CO₂ footprint of our European value chain

As a leading chemical company, we want to achieve CO-neutral growth from 2019 to 2030. We are determined to provide innovative high-performance products with a minimized CO₂ footprint along the battery value chain.

  • Effectively research and develop cathode active materials with a higher energy density leading to less materials consumption for batteries and enabling a longer driving range of cars
  • Implement innovative calcination technologies
  • Leading production technologies for reaction steps

In Europe, our recent investments will enable us with:

  • Efficiency gains through a concentrated value chain combining base metal supply, particularly nickel and cobalt, precursor production, and cathode material production within one region.
  • An industry leading energy mix and closed-loop recycling will allow for lower CO₂ footprint compared to the average industry standard.
  • Short and reliable access to products in proximity to customers’ European manufacturing facilities will reduce the energy consumption during transportation

Visualisation of the future plant for cathode active materials in Schwarzheide, Germany.

Our new plant in Schwarzheide will use an energy-efficient gas and steam turbine power plant that operates on the principle of combined heat and power generation. It is currently being modernized to further increase its eco-efficiency. Further integration of renewable energies is also planned. The Harjavalta plant will use renewable energy resources, including hydro, wind and biomass-based power.

Through regional production in combination with renewable energy sources as well as use of energy efficient and proprietary process technologies in our new plants in Europe, we are able to reduce the CO footprint significantly – by around 30% compared to the conventional industry standard on the market.

Responsible Sourcing of Minerals

The production of precursor cathode active materials (PCAM) and cathode active materials (CAM) involves various mineral raw materials such as cobalt, lithium, nickel, aluminum, and manganese.

Sourcing mineral raw materials responsibly is the expectation and a guiding principle of BASF. When sourcing minerals, companies may face challenges in the areas of environment, health and safety, and human rights, e.g. if cobalt is extracted through artisanal mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

BASF is committed to foster a responsible and sustainable global supply chain of raw materials, including cobalt. In 2018, BASF and Nornickel had signed a long-term supply agreement for nickel and cobalt from Nornickel’s metal refinery in Finland. The agreement ensures locally sourced and secure supply of raw materials for battery production in Europe.

BASF does not procure cobalt from artisanal mines in DRC and our suppliers confirm that they do not either. We support the cross-industry project Cobalt for Development which aims at sustainably improving the living and working conditions of the people employed in the artisanal cobalt sector and surrounding communities. Besides, BASF actively engages in industry and multi-stakeholder initiatives that promote the development of a responsible Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) standard.

To effectively respond to risks related to sourcing of minerals, BASF has adopted an enhanced due diligence approach that complements our general corporate sustainability in procurement management system.

Due diligence process and risk assessment tools

BASF operates a globally applied corporate due diligence management process to identify and manage sustainability risks in its supply chains. An important corporate target is to cover 90% of our relevant procurement spending with sustainability evaluations by 2025 and improve sustainability performance of 80% of our evaluated suppliers.

Sustainability evaluations are carried out based on our Supplier Code of Conduct and the quality assured third party evaluation tools of the supply chain initiative “Together for Sustainability” (TfS). TfS is a joint initiative and global network of 26 chemical companies. The TfS framework – TfS Assessments and TfS Audits – allows TfS member companies to assess the environmental, labor and human rights, ethical and sustainable procurement performance of their suppliers and drive and deliver measurable improvements of their suppliers’ as well as their own sustainability performance.

The TfS audit can be enhanced by a specific module for the evaluation of mines (eTfS). The scope of the mining module is comparable to the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) mining standard. Through globally and anonymously operating compliance hotlines, concerns can be raised and addressed through a strict management and verification process. BASF’s own due diligence management and compliance hotline are also subject to annual third party audit verification.

Guardrails and chain of custody for mineral sourcing

In addition to our corporate commitment and due diligence management approach, specific guardrails apply when it comes to mineral sourcing for our PCAM and CAM businesses. These include the observation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (OECD Due Diligence Guidance) and related chain of custody requirements. We analyze our supply chains against the backdrop of this guidance and our own more comprehensive sustainability assessments. Where indicated, we apply TfS sustainability evaluation tools (ECOVADIS, TfS and TfS mining audits) on relevant tiers of the supply chain.

Our engagement in industry and multi-industry initiatives

Understanding the challenges and risks for the industry, we aim to achieve more meaningful impacts in terms of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. BASF participates in multi-stakeholder and industry initiatives to reinforce our own efforts through collaborative approaches such as Global Battery Alliance and a joint ASM Pilot Mine Project with BMW, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics, etc. In these initiatives BASF is an active founding member.

Global Battery Alliance (GBA)

BASF is actively involved in the World Economic Forum's Global Battery Alliance (GBA), which it co-founded in 2017. The GBA has over 70 members, who are committed to creating a socially responsible, ecological, economically sustainable and innovative value chain for batteries.

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Pilot Mine Project “Cobalt for Development”

BMW together with Samsung SDI, Samsung Electronics and BASF launched a three-year Pilot Mine Project “Cobalt for Development” in DRC for Responsible Artisanal Cobalt Mining with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), IMPACT and Good Shepherd as implementing partners. IMPACT is an international non-governmental organization that specializes in improving natural resource governance, and Good Shepherd International Foundation / Bon Pasteur is an organization with longstanding community development experience in the area.

The project aims at developing best practices that can then be scaled up by further mining projects. This project also contributes to the goals of global initiatives, such as the Global Battery Alliance (GBA), to foster sustainable supply chains.

One objective of the project is to develop and implement responsible mining practices. In the nearby community, the focus of the project will be to improve access to education for children, as well as trainings on financial literacy and alternative incomes for its residents.

Know more about BASF’s Cobalt Initiative.

Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI)

Under the auspices of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), formerly the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), RMI offers companies and their suppliers an independent, third-party audit that determines which smelters and refiners can be verified as having assurance systems in place to manage risks related to gross human rights violations, corruption and conflict. RMI is an important player in standard setting and standard coordination in the area of responsible mineral sourcing related to conflict affected and high-risk areas (CAHRA). In 2017, RMI launched a program on responsible cobalt sourcing. Together with the Chinese Responsible Cobalt Initiative (RCI), RMI developed a Cobalt Refiner Due Diligence Standard. RMI is currently working on the establishment of a standard for responsible ASM. BASF joined the RMI in December 2019.

Recycling and circular economy

For BASF, circular economy is much more than waste management. A smart circular economy concept should integrate product design, development, production processes, use and re-use systems and materials right from the beginning. Our aim is to close loops and use products and resources in the best way possible across the entire value chain.

The combination of battery materials production and recycling closes the production loop and therefore enables a circular economy. To drive electrification, BASF provides solutions for high energy density cathode active materials and high efficiency metal extraction for battery recycling. Together with its partners along the battery value chain, BASF fosters the production and use of responsibly produced recycled raw materials in the battery market.

Project “Recycling Li-ion batteries for electric Vehicle” (ReLieVe) for the development of innovative closed-loop process for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries.

A joint battery recycling cluster in Harjavalta, Finland serving the electric vehicle market to enable a successful “closed loop” cycle to re-use the critical metals present in used batteries.

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