BASF Antwerp will switch completely to wind energy for its electricity consumption from 2023. BASF and Vattenfall started in July 2021 with the construction of the largest offshore wind farm in the world ‘Hollandse Kust Zuid‘ with 140 wind turbines and a total capacity of 1.5 gigawatts. BASF has invested a total of 1.6 billion euros in the project and will use about half of the generated power to supply the production sites in Antwerp and elsewhere in Europe.
The wind farm is an important link in supplying BASF’s production facility in Antwerp and other European sites with renewable electricity. It is the chemical company’s first major investment in renewable energy facilities.
Strategy towards climate neutrality
BASF aims to achieve a 25% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. An important lever to achieve this is the replacement of fossil electricity by fossil-free electricity. Offshore wind farms can play a key role in supplying the required amounts of renewable energy, according to the chemical company.