Consumption of resources
Goal: The BMW Group will reduce resource consumption (energy, water, waste, solvents) per vehicle produced by 45% by 2020 (base year 2006).
How is this goal realised in concrete terms?
January 2019. Between 2006 and 2018, we were able to reduce our energy consumption by 38 percent. To further increase energy efficiency in production, we are now implementing a project focused on digitalisation. By collecting and analysing energy supply and consumption data, we will be able to identify where to save energy in production.
Back in late 2017, we began gradually structuring, standardising and integrating all energy-related data generated locally at BMW production plants into a shared database. For the first time, this database allows us to conduct cross-departmental multi-site analyses aimed at saving energy and optimising processes. Innovative analytical approaches, artificial intelligence and machine learning complement the classic tasks of an energy management system, such as recording energy data and assessing and optimising plant operation, as well as reporting.
The interdisciplinary energy control team works with data experts and production. All production sites should be fully integrated by the end of the year. Initial measures have been identified and implemented at the pilot site in Dingolfing, where a pilot analysis of weekend consumption has already highlighted potential for lowering the base load: By systematically switching off equipment during production-free periods, we have been able to reduce consumption by more than 10 percent on those days.
This new kind of energy management enables us to exploit potential for increasing energy efficiency. This is an important contribution towards our goal of reducing resource consumption significantly by 2020.