BASF and CRAES expand cooperation on emissions reduction

BASF and the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES), building on a decade of successful joint research and development, are expanding their cooperation on emissions reduction.

Under a new strategic agreement, the two organizations aim to help tackle deteriorating air quality resulting partially from vehicle exhaust emissions, particularly in Beijing and North China.

CRAES is the top national non-profit research institute for environmental protection, under China’s Ministry of Environment Protection (MEP). According to the agreement signed during a joint environmental protection seminar held today in Beijing, the extended partnership will focus on three areas.

First, BASF and CRAES will investigate the testing assessment and monitoring of vehicle exhaust after-treatment devices for the Chinese market, leveraging experience from Europe and North America, in order to help develop relevant monitoring measures and technical policy in China. Additionally, the two partners will conduct research on emissions of vehicles while they are in use, as well as on advanced technologies for energy saving and environmental protection in China.

As long-term research partners, BASF and CRAES co-sponsored a gasoline engine testing lab in 2005 and a diesel engine testing lab in 2007. BASF supported the projects financially, as well as providing advanced technologies, together with research and development (R&D) expertise, during the set-up process of the labs. These were the first independent laboratories to operate according to international standards in assessing the quality of gasoline and diesel produced in China and have been helpful to deliver important references in setting national standards for diesel additives.

Professor Meng Wei, President of CRAES, said, “I am happy to see BASF’s continuous commitment to strategic cooperation with CRAES over the past 10 years. The engine testing labs have been very useful for the discussion of standardization of gasoline and diesel detergent additives in China. This initiative will greatly contribute to our goal of environment protection.”

“We are here today to mark 10 years of partnership between BASF and CRAES, and more importantly to take our partnership to the next level by expanding our cooperation on emissions reduction,” said Dr. Albert Heuser, President, Functions Asia Pacific, President and Chairman Greater China, BASF. “With the combination of strong R&D capability and industry insights from CRAES and BASF’s expertise and global experience, we hope to help people in China breathe cleaner air.”

BASF is the world’s leading automotive supplier in the chemical industry. It supplies and develops functional materials and solutions that contribute to the vehicles of today and of the future. From engineering plastics, polyurethane and specialty foams, coatings and fuel additives to catalysts, battery materials, pigments, synthetic lubricants, coolants, brake fluids and chemicals for leather and textiles, BASF supplies a broad range of products for use in the automotive industry.

About CRAES

Attached to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, CRAES is the top national nonprofit research institute for environmental protection in China. It leads national research projects on environmental protection as well as promotion & industrialization of key technologies. Dedicated to promoting economic development and environmental protection, CRAES supports government decision-making with strategic scientific and technical support.

About BASF Greater China

BASF has been a committed partner to Greater China since 1885. With major investments in Nanjing, Shanghai and Chongqing, BASF is one of the largest foreign investors in the Chinese chemical industry, and maintains the BASF Asia Pacific Innovation Campus in Shanghai as a research and development hub for the Asia Pacific region. In Greater China, BASF posted sales of over €5.48 billion in 2013 and employed 7,606 people as of the end of that year. For further information, please visit www.greater-china.basf.com.

About BASF

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility.Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistryfor a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about €74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

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