Coastal protection against floods: BASF is aware that in many parts of the world, climate-related flood disasters cause devastating damage putting thousands of peoples at risk. The consequences of such disasters are not only flooding but also the loss of land. The regions at greatest risk are already raising the height of many of their dike systems to as much as 9 meters. BASF is offering an innovative and environment-friendly solution to provide effective and stable coastal protection. Through a specially developed elastomer polyurethane system (Elastocoast) dikes are protected by absorbing the force of the breaking waves and slowing down the water masses.
Plants with higher stress tolerance: Environmental factors like heat and cold often determine the quality of the harvest. Climate-induced more extreme weather conditions can put plants "under stress", so that they don't provide the expected yield. That’s why BASF’s researchers are developing stress-tolerant plants that are more resistant to extreme weather conditions such as drought. This is to optimize crop plants such as corn, soy and wheat.
Reforestation through promoting sustainable development: BASF initiated the foundation Espaço ECO (Brasil) in cooperation with GIZ. Espaço ECO focuses on promoting sustainable development by transferring knowledge and technology, especially through the implementation of solutions in eco-efficiency, environmental education and reforestation. Currently, superabsorbers are being trialed for a reforestation project in the Brazilian rain forest. These superabsorber polymers have an enormous water absorption capacity and can effectively store it in soil, thereby increasing water storage capacity.