BMW Is Driven to Cut CO2 Emissions and Rely on Recycled Parts – Environment + Energy Leader

September 20, 2022 by No Comments

BMW is a German carmaker, and it manufactures performance luxury vehicles. It is headquartered in Munich and was founded in 1916. Sustainability drives the company. BMW has been named one of the most sustainable automotive companies by the Supersector.

Its efforts started as early as 1995 — and involved everything from reducing CO2 emissions to buying more renewable energy to selling more green cars. Sustainability drives the company. By 2025, it says that electric vehicles will comprise 30% of its sales, and by 2030, they will be 50%. It is also investing in hydrogen fuel cell cars — vehicles that take just a few minutes to fill up and that don’t drain because of cold weather. The goal is to mass-produce hydrogen fuel cell cars by 2030. At the same time, BMW is designing a vehicle that is built with recycled parts — part of the I Vision project, which it expects to come to fruition in 2040.

Between 1995 and 2020, the company says it reduced its CO2 emissions by 53%. Also, in 2020, all the electricity it purchased to run its plants worldwide came from renewables. The aim is to cut its CO2 levels by 40% by 2030 and to be carbon neutral by 2050.

 “Taking actions against climate change is one of our top business priorities, and we are change agents to drive green transformation across our entire value chain, from production to supply chain, logistics, and dealer management,” Franz Decker, chief executive of BMW Brilliance Automotive, in the company’s sustainability report. The central theme: sustainability is at the heart of the company’s mission — from sourcing raw materials to producing cars to driving automobiles before recycling their used parts.

The journey:

  • The company will reduce greenhouse gas emissions using science-based principles.
  • BMW will bring 7 million electrified vehicles to market.
  • The CO2 emissions for each vehicle sold will get cut by at least one-third over the car’s entire life cycle.
  • CO2 emissions BMW’s productions will be cut too — by 80%, globally.
  • Cars will have recyclable parts — part of the company’s commitment to the circular economy.
  • BMW will work to ensure its supply chain is also sustainable. The chain does not begin with production at the BMW Group factory but rather with sourcing raw materials. BMW intends to use only materials produced using regenerative electricity sources, it says.

How will BMW achieve its climate goals? 

The focus will be on the utilization phase of the vehicles — where BMW incurs 70% of its CO2 emissions. By 2030, these levels will be cut by half from a 2019 baseline. It also says that BMW will reduce CO2 levels by 40% per vehicle during this time.

Between 2017 and 2021, it says that CO2 emissions per car fell by 5.7%. Between 2006 and 2020, that figure is 78%. CO2 levels have fallen by 70% per vehicle since 2006. Its goal is to drive that down to 80% by 2030, from a 2019 baseline. It says that by 2030 carbon emissions are expected to have dropped by 90 % compared with 2006 levels.

“With emissions of around 116 grams per kilometer, according to WLTP, the company outperformed the fleet target limit of approx. 126 grams per kilometer by around ten grams in the EU, based on its own internal calculations. The key drivers for fulfilling the fleet target were significantly higher sales of electrified vehicles in Europe and further increases …….



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