October 2, 2023
BASF launches MyCarbonFootprint dashboard for sustainable procurement
BASF has released a new digital application designed to help customers gain a better overview of the sustainability status of the product portfolio they purchase from the company.
The application also helps customers identify the best BASF solutions to reach their sustainability targets with regard to CO2reduction and/or use of renewable raw materials.
The app, which is called MyCarbonFootprint, contains data on over 700 selected large volume BASF products, including pharma ingredients, amino resins, butanediol and derivatives, acids, polyalcohols, acetylenics, carbonyl derivatives and amines. It is initially available to certain BASF customers who purchase products included in MyCarbonFootprint. Currently, more than 50 customers are already using the app.
MyCarbonFootprint informs customers about the individual cradle-to-gate product carbon footprint (PCF) of the BASF products they purchase.
The app furthermore indicates the share of renewable raw materials used in the manufacture of these products. The data is presented in a customised way for each customer. Depending on the purchased quantities of a selected product, MyCarbonFootprint calculates the CO2emissions, the product carbon footprint and the share of renewable raw materials according to the respective customer's purchasing portfolio at BASF.
With the help of MyCarbonFootprint, customers can determine how adjustments in their purchasing portfolio affect their sustainability status in terms of CO2emissions and the use of renewable raw materials.
For example, MyCarbonFootprint calculates the potential reduction in CO2emissions when a product variant with a lower carbon footprint is selected instead of the previously purchased product. MyCarbonFootprint also shows BASF customers various alternatives to increase the proportion of renewable raw materials in the value chain by choosing a suitable product variant.
"We developed MyCarbonFootprint to create the transparency that our customers need to pursue their CO2emission reduction goals and to select the best sustainable product variants from the BASF portfolio to achieve their desired sustainability positioning," explained Niels Möller, global strategic marketing (Operating Division Intermediates) at BASF. A team led by Möller invented the innovative IT tool and developed it to market maturity.
MyCarbonFootprint provides an overview of the various sustainable product variants from the BASF portfolio. BASF customers can for example reduce their CO2emissions by using BASF's low-PCF products. These products have a significantly reduced product carbon footprint based on a specific customer request or compared to a reference value.
The low-PCF portfolio includes, among others, bio-based or biomass balanced products (BMB), which can help customers achieve CO2emission reductions compared with fossil standard products. In some cases, BASF additionally offers net-zero products, which have a PCF of zero or less than zero.
Switching to BMB products is also an easier way for customers to increase the share of renewable raw materials in the value chain. In the BMB approach, BASF feeds renewable raw materials into its Verbund in the very first steps of chemical production. A corresponding share of these raw materials is then attributed to specific sales products by means of a certified mass balance method.
Certification of BASF's biomass balanced products is carried out according to recognised standards like REDcert2 or ISCC PLUS.
Being identical in quality and properties to fossil standard products, biomass balanced products are "drop-in" solutions, BASF said. Customers can use them without having to adapt their existing manufacturing processes.