Page Overview: BMW Group - Responsibility - Environmental Protection

Group-wide Environmental Protection

Group-wide environmental protection.

Our production is resource-friendly.

In the scenario of new energy-policy measures – our central scenario – global energy demand is set to grow by more than a third by 2035.

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Group-wide environmental protection.

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The BMW Group has a long tradition of minimising its impact on nature and the environment. Back in 1973, we were the first automobile manufacturer worldwide to appoint our own environmental officer. We will continue to lead the way as we steadily evolve. We are reducing our resource consumption, lowering emissions and avoiding waste, We also take environmental factors into account in our choice of locations.

The BMW Group can directly influence the CO2 emissions of its own plants and sites, where it already sets the benchmark for the efficient management of resources. The company is targeting the biggest reductions industry-wide in this area by 2030 – thus following a more ambitious path than the 1.5 degree goal. Having already lowered emissions per vehicle produced by more than 70 percent since 2006, the BMW Group now aims to reduce its emissions (Scope 1 + 2 - Link) by a further 80 percent from 2019 levels by 2030. CO2 emissions will then be less than 10 percent of what they were in 2006. The main lever for this is production, which generates around 90 percent of the company’s Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

In addition to sourcing 100-percent green power as of this year, the BMW Group will systematically invest in optimising its energy efficiency and using the possibilities enabled by digitalisation. The BMW Group is already applying methods like data analytics to make its production more efficient – for example, by minimising scrapped parts in the body shop and through predictive maintenance for machinery. The company will drive further expansion of renewable energy sources at its worldwide locations. The use of green hydrogen can also play an important part in energy generation at suitable BMW Group locations.

In addition to this significant reduction in substance, the BMW Group will also fully offset its remaining CO2 emissions (Scope 1 + 2) from 2021 on with appropriate certificates.

Our commitment is having an impact.

An arrow pointing downwards illustrates the 38% decrease in energy consumption.
An arrow pointing downwards illustrates the 31% decrease in water consumption at the BMW Group.
An arrow pointing downwards illustrates the 82,4% decrease in waste for disposal.

To further enhance our energy efficiency and to move forward with the use of renewable energy at all our sites, we have defined the following strategic action areas:

  • increase energy efficiency
  • expand use of renewable energies
  • buy 100% electricity from renewable sources

Sustainability by design.

Innovative robotics for better occupational health.

BMW Group employees work alongside robots.

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Renewable energies: biogas.

Inside view of a silo.
A pile of cow dung in front of a skyline.
Two BMW Group employees reading data from equipment.
A herd of South African cattle, grazing.

Key performance indicators: Group-wide environmental protection.