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    We have an ongoing commitment to a more sustainable future that can be seen at every stage of our vehicles’ lifecycle.

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    " There can be no compromise when it comes to climate and environmental protection. It is a decisive topic for the future of our society. "
    Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management BMW AG


    BMW Sustainability production line


    We’re continuing to work on reducing CO2 emissions and make use of renewable energy wherever possible. To use more sustainable materials and constantly improve vehicle design. And to support our 70,000 suppliers to advance with us as part of the Carbon Disclosure Project.

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    • Reduce CO2 emissions for every vehicle over the entire value chain
    • Achieve climate neutrality by 2050 in line with the Paris Climate Agreement
    • Follow the guiding principles of the circular economy
    • Continue to consider sustainability in terms of our employees and society
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    Sustainable solar farm in a parking lot


    BMW Sustainability achievements and targets timeline
    BMW Sustainability achievements and targets timeline
    Sustainability - windfarm next to production site


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    BMW Future Sustainable Circular Economy


    Our commitment to BMW sustainability involves replacing the traditional linear product cycle and embracing the circular economy. This approach to car production is built upon 4 pillars – re:think, re:use, re:duce and re:cycle. It’s about extending the value of our products, using fewer resources and returning materials back into the production loop, rather than disposing of them.

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    " The BMW iVision Circular represents our ambition to be a pioneer in the development of a circular economy. "
    Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management BMW AG

    Below, we’ve detailed what we’re doing at every stage of a car’s life to keep things circular. You can also visit the following link for more information and to meet the BMW iVision Circular – a concept car based entirely on circular economy principles.


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    Sourcing Sustainable Materials
    We’re working towards a sustainable value chain by introducing renewable and responsibly sourced raw materials, while ensuring due diligence with our suppliers in terms of their social and environmental standards…
    • As a part of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), we support our suppliers in taking measures to reduce CO2 emissions and increase the share of renewable energies.
    • The metal foundry at our Landshut Plant in Germany has been certified by the ASI (Aluminium Stewardship Initiative) for its sustainable use of aluminium, confirming that it handles aluminium consciously and responsibly.
    • Through our involvement in the cross-industry initiative 'Cobalt for Development', we are encouraging our supply chain partners to meet our high social and environmental standards. To this end, we are also sourcing all lithium for battery cells from a second leading supplier from 2022 onwards, making ourselves technologically, geographically and geopolitically less dependent on individual suppliers.
    • We set out social and environmental obligations for our suppliers in our contractually binding sustainability standards. Read more here.
    • We continue to innovate and introduce recycled materials in our cars. For example, the new BMW iX features floor mats that incorporate Econyl – a regenerated nylon product made entirely from recycled fishing nets and carpets.


    Production with the Planet in Mind

    We're working hard to increase the energy efficiency of BMW manufacturing plants by using more renewable sources. And as we make more and more hybrid and electric cars, which require high-voltage batteries and intensive energy use, we're undertaking a range of measures across the entire end-to-end production process in order to reduce CO2 emissions...


    • We continue to explore more sustainable resources such as hydrogen and geo-thermal energy. For example, the new all-electric BMW iX and i4 are produced at Plant Dingolfing and Munich entirely using hydropower from rivers Isar and Lech.
    • Data analytics are enabling us to reduce electricity consumption and simultaneously minimise the quantity of scrap parts.
    • We have environmental management systems at all our production sites, constantly developing and optimising our operations.


    BMW i3 Charging on the patio

    With zero emissions while on the road, all-electric vehicles are just one of the ways we’re shaping a more sustainable future. Find out more below  on what we’re doing – and plan to do – through electric mobility.


    • We’re continuously working to optimise our battery technology. The aim is to deliver a greater range with smaller batteries that have less environmental impact.
    • We’re dedicated to the sustainable sourcing of cobalt and lithium for our batteries by making sure our suppliers and their supply chain consistently comply with the social and environmental standards we expect.
    • We’re aiming to make 50% of BMW vehicles sales electric by 2025.
    • BMW Charging offers access to an extensive network of charging stations across the UK, making the switch to electric driving easier than ever.

    To explore our range of all-electric BMWs, click here. You can also discover the many benefits of electric driving and calculate your potential fuel savings when charging at home by visiting our dedicated BMW Electrified site through the link below.



    Recycling process of BMW cars

    It is also important to us to consider what happens to our cars when they reach the end of their life, doing all we can to recover valuable materials and place them back into the production cycle.


    • UK regulations currently require that 95 per cent recovery and 85 per cent recycling targets, by average weight, must be met and require collection points to be made available offering free take-back of end-of-life vehicles. BMW partner with Autogreen Ltd to provide a Government-approved national network of certified dismantling companies to ensure this is done in a responsible way
    • Easily detachable connections in our cars make it much easier to replace individual materials and components, creating the opportunity to reinvent a car again and again.
    • For example, a new door trim or another component could be made out of the plastic from a used instrument panel from a vehicle at the end of its life.



    The Recharge in Nature Project

    Long walks. Fresh air. Beautiful views. Sometimes, there’s nothing better than immersing yourself in nature. But now, we need to find a way to enjoy these beautiful yet vulnerable landscapes more sustainably.

    We’ve joined forces with National Parks UK in a powerful 3-year partnership – The Recharge in Nature Project. Together, we want to improve the electric car charging infrastructure across all 15 National Parks in the UK, while supporting local nature restoration and biodiversity initiatives through the Recharge in Nature Fund.