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Proof of sustainability.

In its current Sustainable Value Report, the BMW Group sets out its projects for more sustainability and demonstrates its commitment to date. It is worth taking a look at the latest developments. 

Three years ago, the BMW Group made the values of responsibility, appreciation, transparency, trust and openness the foundation of its corporate culture. This high standard has officially become a driving force for all areas of the company. But it must also “make headway” and, wherever possible, deliver measurable and valid results. 

A prime indicator of this is the BMW Group’s recently published Sustainable Value Report 2018. The 126-page report describes in detail what the BMW Group has achieved in the field of sustainability – and where its efforts need to go further. 

One aspect that becomes particularly clear is that the BMW Group sustainability strategy follows a holistic approach. The focus on sustainability, which the BMW Group defined as a strategic goal ten years ago and has since been integrated across all levels of the company, is not just about building increasingly efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicles. Resource efficiency in the company’s international production network and many different topics throughout the value chain are also extremely important. 

The Sustainable Value Report 2018 also shows that BMW Group planners and engineers have succeeded in reducing CO2emissions from vehicles by an impressive 42 percent from the base year 1995. At the same time, CO2emissions per vehicle produced were lowered by an average of 2.4 percent to 0.4 tons. In the past five years, the BMW Group has therefore achieved a reduction of around 39 percent. 

This is a new benchmark, and the same applies to energy consumption for production: With only 2.12 megawatt hours of power now needed per vehicle, energy consumption is 2.3 percent less year-on-year. BMW Group locations in Europe already source all their electricity from renewable energies. Over the coming year, this success will also be replicated on other continents.

Consumption of other resources has also decreased significantly: Since 2006, the volume of “waste for disposal” per vehicle has been reduced by 77 percent and process wastewater by 45 percent. A 63-percent decrease in solvent emissions was also recorded. 

BMW has come a long way towards its goal of emission-free mobility – particularly through new and further development of electric vehicles. With a total of 75,000 electrified vehicles delivered to customers last year, the BMW Group was the clear market leader in Europe. Worldwide, the company sold more than 140,000 electrified models. Since it focused early on electromobility, the BMW Group has occupied a leading position worldwide for many years. 

The sustainability perspective not only includes production (including suppliers and logistics) and vehicle usage, but also how to integrate cars into our future mobility patterns and, ultimately, recycling. 

For this reason, the BMW Group is working hard to achieve intelligent, sustainable connectivity between mobility services, vehicles and infrastructure in urban settings. Since all BMW Group vehicles released onto the market since 2008 meet the strictest recycling laws worldwide, around 95 percent of every vehicle can be recycled. 

What is important about these figures is that the substance of sustainable development, as well as reporting transparency, are audited to the fullest extent and recognised by international experts: The BMW Group is the only automobile manufacturer to feature in the rating published by RobecoSAM AG for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) every year since 1999. In the rating compiled by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the BMW Group earned a place in the category “Leadership” with an “A-” rating for transparency and climate protection measures in the year under review. 


The “Sustainable Value Report 2018” is available online at: (German) (English)