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Monday November 15

BASF's Freeport Facility Wins National Energy Efficiency Award

BASF's Freeport site has been recognized by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) as a winner of the organization's 2003 "Energy Efficiency Award."

BASF has now won the award 11 times, and, with this award, was one of only five companies to receive the ACC's prestigious "Exceptional Merit" designation.

During a three-month period in 2003, BASF's Freeport Site Energy Team implemented a number of practices and procedures that resulted in a savings of $2.8 million in energy costs and an annual net carbon dioxide emissions reduction of approximately 2,700 tons.

"The ACC congratulates BASF on its accomplishment. These awards publicly recognize that energy efficiency projects not only reduce greenhouse gases and other emissions but also add appreciably to each company's bottom line," said Charles Van Vlack, Executive Vice President of the ACC. "It's a win-win situation for the country, because the improvements protect the environment while helping American business compete globally."

"As the world's leading chemical company, BASF is committed not only to making products better but also to the values and principles of Sustainable Development," said Art Colwell, Vice President and General Manager of BASF's Freeport site. "Thanks to the innovative thinking and teamwork of the BASF team, we are delivering substantive results in support of environmental excellence."

Specifically, the actions BASF took that resulted in the savings and reductions included improving waste burning practices, "mothballing" a partially loaded thermal oxidizer and shifting its load to another partially loaded unit, changing minimum "fire set-points" on two steam generators, and various tuning, operational and maintenance improvements.

"A lot of the credit for this award is owed to BASF's overall energy management structure," said Thomas Theising, BASF's Manager of Energy Systems and Energy Audit Team Leader in Freeport. "Our energy auditing process is a modified version of conventional energy auditing which results in 'deep- seating' energy conservation and energy awareness into the manufacturing site's culture. BASF method goes beyond the conventional, with in-depth involvement of production personnel and a 'question everything' design of reviewing current practices. We also try to have as diverse a cross section of the facility as we can get, from operations, to maintenance, to purchasing, to accounting, to engineering. The result is better approaches and solutions because of the collective intelligence of the group."

BASF's Freeport site employs almost 600 employees and 300 contractors and produces chemicals that are used in a wide range of product applications including adhesives, superabsorbers, paints and coatings, nylon and plastics.

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