In all these areas, the chemical industry plays a key role. To be able to meet these needs, research and development is important. Thanks to them, BASF, as a global company, offers many innovative products that we can also use in the Polish market.

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In our journey towards climate neutrality, we have set ambitious goals and are aiming for zero CO2 emissions by 2050. We intend to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions globally by 25% by 2030 as compared to 2018. We intend to achieve this goal, taking into account production increases, including the construction of another Verbund plant in China. This means a real reduction in CO2 emissions by half by the end of the decade. BASF supports the goals of the European Green Deal and Europe’s ambitions for climate neutrality. This is possible thanks to innovative solutions – also implemented locally in Poland, such as insulation materials for energy-efficient homes, materials for electromobility, or digital solutions for sustainable agriculture.

An important part of BASF’s Polish business is the automotive industry. Together with our partners, we conduct research and create innovations to reduce emissions, manage heat, reduce fuel consumption, or electromobility.

Agriculture is another important industry for us. Due to the challenges related with the climate change, rising consumer expectations and maintaining profitability for farmers, i.e. food producers, further investments are required. These include the digital solutions mentioned earlier, which will make it even more precise to apply crop protection products.

At BASF, we are also running a number of projects aiming to “become circular,” so that waste is converted into raw materials and reused. The introduction to the Polish market the Ecovio® M biodegradable film, used in field vegetable production, is one of our successes. Its main advantage is compostability. Unlike traditional polyethylene film, it does not need to be collected from the field and disposed of. It is completely biodegradable after the production season. Ecovio® also has applications in other areas of the economy, such as food packaging, including bags for fruits and vegetables, and bags for bio-waste.

One project that we can also boast about, and to which we as BASF Poland have contributed, is the recycling of used tyres and their conversion into pyrolysis oil. This is part of a larger chemical recycling project, called ChemCycling™, created with our partners in 2018.

As part of our ESG activities, we also focus on corporate social responsibility. Its backbone is educational outreach, which we have been doing for many years with partners such as the Copernicus Science Centre and the Warsaw University of Technology. We also support local communities where our business operates. This ranges from financial assistance or the provision of products, e.g. in the Covid-19 pandemic, to charitable activities, e.g. in supporting people from Ukraine after the outbreak of the war.

Global initiatives must translate into action for the local organisation for the transformation to be complete. What is needed is an in-depth understanding of the approach and motivation behind the actions taken, stemming from the foundation – the sustainable development strategy. In addition, organisational culture is also of key importance. At BASF Poland, innovation is one of our pillars, and as a result, activities – including business activities – for low-carbon solutions are embedded in our company’s DNA.

Katarzyna Byczkowska, Managing director, BASF Poland