BASF

Type

Type 3: Multi-stakeholder urban alliance

Sector of the company/organisation

Chemicals & Materials

Name of activity/project (or solution offered)

European Water Stewardship

Relevant urban sustainability topic

resource-efficiency (waste, water, materials, circular economy,…)

Start year

2013

Brief project summary

BASF is the first chemical company to achieve gold-level certification according to the European Water Stewardship (EWS) standard for its production site in Tarragona, Spain. In order to attain this certificate, auditors of third party certification body TÜV Nord Integra assess the entire water management performance.

Short activity description

TÜV Nord assessed BASF’s production site from extraction of water at its source to its discharge into the Mediterranean sea. The European standard was developed by governments, businesses and NGOs under the leadership of the independent organization European Water Partnership (EWP) and became effective at the end of 2011. BASF is the first chemical company to achieve gold-level certification according to the European Water Stewardship (EWS) standard for its production site in Tarragona, Spain. To attain this certificate, auditors of third party certification body TÜV Nord Integra assessed the entire water management performance of BASF’s production site, from extraction of water at its source to its discharge into the Mediterranean sea. The European standard was developed by governments, businesses and NGOs under the leadership of the independent organization European Water Partnership (EWP) and became effective at the end of 2011.BASF aims to improve its sustainable water management even further. In regions considered to be “water-stressed,” more than 60 percent of the naturally available water sources are exploited by humans. In total, 20 percent of all BASF sites, including Tarragona, are located in water-stressed areas. Last year, BASF abstracted around 7 percent of its worldwide water supply from these areas.

Achieved impact

Tarragona draws its water from various sources; one of them is the effluent from the municipal treatment plant. This re-use reduces the amount of water drawn from the river, sea and groundwater. BASF uses water as a coolant, solvent and cleaning agent, as well as directly in chemical production. The company has implemented the standard in order to promote its global water goals.

Is this project a best practice? Why?

BASF assisted in the design of the standards. They supported developing management instruments that can also be applied in an agricultural context in order to foster the stewardship of water. EWP is the European representation of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, the global network of regional water stewardship organizations and the EWS-Standard is aligned to the global AWS-Standard.

Title

Senior Manager Sustainability Communications