In July 2020, the BMW Group set itself a new, ambitious target to reduce CO . emissions2 emissions by 2030 with targets covering the entire lifecycle of its cars and motorcycles, from the supply chain to production to end-of-use.
The goal is to reduce the CO. to significantly reduce2 footprint of all aspects of BMW’s business and take its place in the circular economy, as the fight against climate change and the way we use resources will determine the future of our society – and that of the BMW Group.
But what really matters is that we make an effective contribution to environmental and climate protection here and now. To take concrete measures today and transform the personal mobility framework for future generations, a strong and passionate team is the foundation. This is based on the underlying guiding principle that sustainability can only be achieved with employees who take responsibility.
Sustainability is not just a trend at BMW. The company has been taking responsibility for 50 years, when the first environmental manager in the automotive industry was appointed in 1973. BMW was the first automaker to produce a sustainability report in 2001. Since 2020, the BMW Group uses only renewable energy sources, and 99% of annual production waste is recycled.
Specifically, the BMW Group CO . reducing2 emissions from the entire vehicle lifecycle by at least 40% by 2030. To describe this in detail, the lifecycle is divided into three different phases: the supply chain with suppliers and companies with whom it is partnered; the production phase of the vehicle; and the use phase, when customers drive BMW and MINI cars and motorcycles.
The BMW Group is taking a pioneering role in concrete CO . to establish2 targets for the entire supply chain and will reduce CO . emissions2 emissions in this area by 20% by 2030. For example, since 2020 cobalt and lithium have been purchased for battery cells from certified mines in Australia and Morocco. At BMW’s factories, biodiversity is also promoted through ecological habitats. There’s even a real buzz above the rooftops of the mother plant in Munich, where 160,000 bees call their home. These habitats help pollinate green areas in and around BMW’s home. This work is due to several volunteer beekeepers who have day jobs at the factory in Munich and have made beekeeping their hobby. Nearly all of BMW’s German plants now support bee colonies, and this is just a small example of how sustainable practices are being integrated into every part of the business.
An 80% CO reduction target2 emissions by 2030, committing to the lowest possible level of resource consumption in the production of BMW’s cars and motorcycles. This is partly achieved by reusing materials in the manufacturing process.
Currently, there is an average of 30% recycled or ‘secondary materials’ in every car BMW builds. This will increase to 50% by 2030, with these secondary materials coming from end-of-life vehicles and by-products from elsewhere within BMW’s manufacturing processes. Factories are also assessed for optimum efficiency, and as of 2020, all BMW external power supplies have been sourced from renewable sources, making BMW the benchmark for other manufacturers. This includes a wind farm at BMW’s Leipzig plant, and hydroelectric facilities for the Munich and Dingolfing plants.
BMW Group aims to deliver 10 million fully electric vehicles with sustainability at its core over the next decade. This year, BMW Group will have 15 all-electric models in production, including the iX SAV, i4 Gran Coupé, iX3 SUV and the all-new BMW iX1 and i7 models to be launched later this year. The MINI brand will have an all-electric product portfolio from the early 2030s.
At the end of a car’s life, BMW reduces it to its raw materials for use in the manufacturing process. This is just one way to increase the use of secondary materials in a car’s construction, while future products will be designed and developed to accept these materials. BMW can even reuse up to 90% of the material in its high-voltage batteries.
BMW also recognizes the importance of social sustainability among its staff, partner suppliers and society at large. For employees, this means career development and talent management, as well as fostering workforce diversity across the company in a work environment that encourages personal growth.