Cleve Beaufort’s target is to run factories only on renewable energies.
At the BMW plant in Spartanburg he and his team have already come a long way.
Watch the short film about Cleve to learn how an unconventional idea helped to save up to 92,000 tons of CO2 every year.
But that’s just one of many examples for the BMW Group’s approach to steadily save energy and increase the percentage of renewable energies we use in production:
- The BMW plant in Rosslyn, South Africa uses more than 70 solar collectors on its roof to supply most of the hot water it needs in its paint shop.
- And in Munich we use solar energy to generate electricity – with some 3,660 photovoltaic modules mounted on the roof of the BMW Welt.
- At our Research and Innovation Centre in Munich we recover the brake and heat energy from our engine test benches. In this way we can save 4,500 megawatt hours of energy per year – which is equal to about 3,500 tons of CO2.
- By simply changing the settings on our employees’ PCs we have saved around 27,000 megawatt hours a year – the equivalent of 13,500 tons of CO2.
But this is just the beginning: The plants in Spartanburg and Leipzig are currently testing the possibility of using wind energy to generate electricity – while the Dingolfing plant plans to use biomass for heating purposes. And so we keep on working towards our vision of one day meeting all of our energy requirements from renewable sources. That is what’s next for us.