BASF Receives ‘Lower Carbon Footprint’ Certification for Geraniol Extra BMBcert

Originally published at BASF ranked No. 12 on The Fair360, formerly DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2022.


As the first aroma ingredient supplier, BASF offers Geraniol Extra BMBcert with a third-party certified carbon footprint demonstrably lower than market standard. The rose scent is used in various day-to-day Home and Personal Care products. Besides the reduction of CO2 emissions, Geraniol Extra BMBcert adds further sustainability contributions to its broad application fields as it replaces fossil feedstock with 100% certified renewable raw materials via a biomass balance approach and it is classified as readily biodegradable.

The ‘Lower Carbon Footprint’ certification for Geraniol Extra BMBcert was enabled by using BASF’s efficient integrated production site and the certified biomass balance approach. Renewable raw materials are used in the very first steps of chemical production replacing fossil feedstock. The bio-based feedstock amount is attributed to the end product by means of the externally certified mass balance method. The BMBcert products are “drop-in” solutions that are identical in quality and performance to the fossil-based products, allowing customers to use them in their production without the need for reformulation. Besides Geraniol Extra BMBcert BASF offers more than 20 other aroma ingredients produced with the biomass balance approach and featuring a reduced product carbon footprint.

“We consider BASF’s BMBcert aroma ingredients as a valuable addition to our pallet: This is a great contribution to replace fossil with renewable feedstock and achieve a significant reduction of CO2 emissions”, said Willem Mutsaerts, Chief Procurement Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer at Givaudan.

Third-Party Certification and Availability of Product Carbon Footprints as Commitment to Increasing Data Quality on CO2 Emissions

The independent global climate change consultancy the Carbon Trust certified Geraniol Extra BMBcert with a product carbon footprint that is demonstrably lower than the market standard. Geraniol Extra BMBcert was part of a first pilot of the certification process. “When you see our label, you know that the product’s carbon footprint has been certified to internationally recognized standards. BASF is the first company to work with the Carbon Trust to achieve the ‘Lower Carbon Footprint’ certification of an aroma ingredient”, said Hugh Jones, Managing Director, The Carbon Trust.

On its journey to net zero CO2 emissions by 2050, BASF is the first chemical company to calculate the carbon footprint on a product level for 45,000 products. For BASF Aroma Ingredients, the Virtual Aroma Assistant, an online service platform, allows customers to request the product carbon footprint data. The cradle-to-gate product carbon footprint statements comprise the total greenhouse gas emissions that occur from the extraction of resources through manufacturing of the precursors and intermediates until the final aroma ingredient leaves the BASF factory gate. Using carbon footprint-optimized aroma ingredients will enable the Flavor & Fragrance industry to reach their ambitious sustainability targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction.

“We are proud that Givaudan honors BASF’s biomass balance approach and that we achieved such a differentiating certification from the Carbon Trust. We now offer a large share of our aroma ingredients portfolio using the biomass balance approach which addresses our customers’ demands for use of renewable raw materials and for products with a reduced CO2 footprint”, said Steffen Götz, Vice President of Global Sales & Business Management, BASF Aroma Ingredients.