Page Overview: BMW Group - Responsibility - Our Focus - CO2 Reduction
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CO₂ Reduction.

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.

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.

IEA 2012 – WORLD ENERGY OUTLOOK.

CO₂-EMISSIONS PER VEHICLE PRODUCED.

0.23   t/vehicle

2020

0.30   t/vehicle

2019

0.40   t/vehicle 

2018

Year after year, we succeed in lowering CO₂ emissions across the company. How can we achieve this? In addition to sourcing 100-percent green power, we are systematically investing in our energy efficiency – and taking advantage of the possibilities opened up by digitalisation. We are already applying data analytics methods in production – for instance, to minimise scrapped parts in the body shop or enable predictive maintenance for machinery.

ENERGY COMSUMPTION PER VEHICLE PRODUCED.

2.12   MWh/vehicle

2020

2.04   MWh/vehicle

2019

2.12   MWh/vehicle

2018

The BMW Group follows the principle of continuous improvement – especially when looking for new, innovative and sustainable possibilities for reducing energy consumption. To achieve this, we are investing in efficient technologies, optimising existing processes and transitioning our energy supply to renewable energies. In this way, we were able to reduce resource consumption per vehicle produced by an average of 56.7 percent in 2020 from 2006 levels.

PERCENTAGE OF EXTERNAL POWER FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY.

100   %

2020

87   %

2019

79   %

2018

We have already taken an important step in the field of renewable energy: All BMW Group locations worldwide use 100-percent green power from renewable energy sources. At the same time, the BMW Group will meet a growing percentage of its electricity needs through so-called Power Purchase Agreements (PPA), i.e. by sourcing power directly from defined renewable energy generation plants.

SUSTAINABILITY BY DESIGN.

RENEWABLE ENERGIES: BIOGAS.

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BMW GROUP REPORT 2020.

Overview of the BMW Group’s economic, environmental and social achievements.