Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen (German Council for Sustainable Development) certifies logistics hall of the central spare parts distribution unit at the BMW Group’s Dingolfing plant.
Since recently, the logistics hall 80.0 of the Dynamics Center at the BMW Group’s Dingolfing plant has held the Certificate in Gold for sustainably operated facilities, which is awarded by the DGNB (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen; German Council for Sustainable Development). During a festive ceremony on 3 July 2017, DGNB chairman Dr. Christine Lemaitre presented the coveted plate to Thomas Grupp, head of the BMW Group’s operative spare parts distribution unit and manager of the Dynamics Center. With the distinction of the hall, which has already been in operation since 2005, an existing building has now been certified according to an internationally acknowledged sustainability standard for the very first time in the entire BMW Group network.
This certification is also new to the DGNB, as Dr. Christine Lemaitre emphasised during the presentation of the certificate: “This building is the first sustainably operated logistics hall we have certified in the existing inventory. I thank the BMW Group as pioneers in this sector for their courage to lead the way and, by doing so, to motivate others to follow their example.” As opposed to the certification of a new building, whereby the fulfilment of sustainability criteria naturally focuses on the planning and construction of the building, the certification of a building already in use should be viewed as a tool for the evaluation and improvement of ongoing operational sustainability. “Our motivation for DGNB certification was also to find out where we stand and in which areas we can make further improvements in the sustainable use of the BMW Group’s largest autonomously operated spare parts unit,” explains BMW Group project manager, Dr. Michael Klugherz.
The result of the certification process is thoroughly positive: From the very beginning, the logistics building met the standards required for the DGNB Certificate in Gold – after platinum the second highest level within the DGNB certification system – without any problems. Above all, the technical concept of the hall, which comprises resource-friendly energy management with weather station radio controlled underfloor heating, the use of solar electricity and approximately 80 percent green power, managed to score points. All environment-related consumption data for electricity, heat, water and waste have been documented since the facility was first taken into operation. Moreover, the detailed sustainability guidelines for employees and the established processes for work safety and environmental management were included into the sustainability rating. As a result, the object evaluation by the DGNB reached an overall fulfilment level of 71.6 percent, exceeding by far the 65 percent normally required for the Certificate in Gold. The certificate is now valid for three years.
In order to ensure its future viability, the BMW Group consistently integrates sustainability into its business model and continues to expand this integration. The company sees global sustainability demands as a chance for the development of innovative products and services. In this way, sustainability contributes in the long term towards the economic success of the BMW Group. In addition to products and services, efficiency and production locations also constitute an approach in actively implementing the BMW Group’s sustainability strategy. Facility management is also helpful in achieving corporate efficiency targets. Between 2006 and 2016, it was possible to significantly reduce the energy and water consumption, waste and VOC emissions per vehicle produced within the worldwide BMW Group production network. Thanks to increased resource efficiency, the BMW Group has been able to achieve cost savings amounting to 155.3 million Euros since 2006.