BMW:Over 200 million tonnes: BMW Group sets ambitious goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 2030
- RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE, RE:CYCLE – BMW Group makes circular
economy central theme of IAA MOBILITY 2021
- “Neue Klasse”: “Secondary first” approach to development
- Next-generation battery cells: Carbon footprint of high-voltage
batteries to be reduced by half
- CO2 goals for 2030 validated by Science-Based Targets Initiative
- All production and locations to become completely net carbon
neutral from 2021
- At least 50 percent of global sales from fully-electric models by 2030
- Zipse: “We want to play a pioneering role in the circular economy”
Munich. The BMW Group is underpinning its mission for
sustainable mobility with ambitious goals for the reduction of
greenhouse gases: At today’s Annual General Meeting, the company
announced that it will avoid emission of over 200 million
tonnes of CO2 by 2030. This is equivalent to more than
20 times the annual CO2 emissions of a city with
over a million inhabitants, like Munich. To achieve this, the BMW
Group is reducing its vehicles’ carbon footprint throughout
their lifecycle – from raw material extraction, through
production and the use phase, to end-of-life recycling. Going forward,
using fewer resources will be one of the priorities.
“A climate-friendly car is not created solely by using green power.
We must design our vehicles for sustainability from the very first day
of development: reducing the amount of material used to manufacture
them and, above all, planning for reuse and recycling from the very
beginning. In the face of rising raw material prices, this is not just
an environmental, but also a business imperative,” said Oliver
Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, at the
Annual General Meeting in Munich on Wednesday. “The technology for
this is extremely demanding: That is why we want to lead the way on
the circular economy and play a pioneering role. We are already
working on quotas for the use of secondary material in our “Neue
Klasse” that are both concrete and ambitious to meet our high standards.
RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE, RE:CYCLE – BMW Group makes circular
economy central theme of IAA MOBILITY 2021
The BMW Group will highlight the future potential of
the circular economy for environmental and climate
protection at the IAA MOBILITY 2021 in September. The
company’s “RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE, RE:CYCLE” approach provides a
holistic view of how the use of primary raw materials can be
drastically reduced in the cars of the future.
The BMW Group already plans to take sustainability to a radically new
level in its “Neue Klasse” models from the middle of
the decade by significantly reducing its
resource consumption per vehicle. The aim is to
substantially increase the percentage of secondary
material, such as recycled steel, plastics and aluminium.
Faced with a shortage of natural resources and rising
raw material prices, the BMW Group sees this step as a crucial lever
for sustainable business practices and creating
a clear efficiency imperative.
To achieve this, the BMW Group has initiated a paradigm
shift in development with its “secondary
first” approach, i.e. using secondary material wherever the
quality and availability of materials allow.
Carbon footprint of high-voltage battery to be reduced by more
The high-voltage battery plays a unique role in
this: The process of manufacturing the battery and producing battery
cells is extremely energy-intensive and therefore an
important factor in the carbon footprint of any electric car. With the
next generation of battery technology to be
introduced in the “Neue Klasse”, the BMW Group aims
to reduce the carbon footprint of the high-voltage battery to
less than half the baseline value for the current
In addition to the shift to green power already
implemented by cell manufacturers, the new battery and cell
concept, combined with enhanced cell
chemistry, will also make a significant contribution. Another
factor is the growing percentage of secondary
material in the battery cells and high-voltage battery as a
whole. The housing in the BMW iX* already contains up
to 30 percent secondary aluminium and up to 50
percent secondary nickel, which is a key raw
material, is used in the battery cell. At the same time, the BMW Group
has limited its use of critical raw materials in the current
generation of battery cells and reduced the amount of
cobalt in the cathode material to less than
ten percent. The electric motor no longer requires
the use of rare earths.
“Circular design” as basis for circular economy
Recycling needs are already considered in the vehicle
design – because extracting materials in a very pure
form is a central challenge for current recycling
processes. For example, the electrical system must be easy to
remove, prior to recycling, to avoid mixing the steel with copper from
the vehicle’s wiring harness. Otherwise, the secondary steel no longer
meets the automotive industry’s strict safety
requirements. The use of mono-materials –
for instance, in seats – must be significantly increased to enable the
maximum amount possible to be fed back into the material cycle.
Another key aspect is efficient dismantling
capability. For secondary materials to be
able to compete in the marketplace, the vehicle and
individual components must be dismantled quickly and cost-effectively
as a preliminary to recycling. The prerequisites for this must be put
in place when designing the vehicle – for example, by
not securing connections with adhesive, but designing them so they can
be detached again at the end of the vehicle life and ensuring
different materials are not mixed with one another.
CO2 reduction goals validated by Science-Based Targets
Initiative – entire production will become
net carbon neutral from 2021
The BMW Group made sustainability and resource efficiency the focus
of its strategic direction in 2020 and, with this realignment, is
pursuing a much more ambitious course than the goal
of limiting the increase in global temperature to two degrees.
Throughout the vehicle lifecycle and all three scopes considered, the
BMW Group has set measurable and verifiable goals
that have since been validated by the
Science-Based Targets Initiative:
CO2 reduction up to 2030 (from
Equivalent climate goal
-80% per vehicle
more ambitious than 1.5°C
at least -20% per
more than -40%
at least -33% per vehicle
within target range of
Each of these goals represents a substantive reduction in
emissions – in other words, a real decrease in CO2 emissions
per vehicle. A key factor is that BMW Group production and all
locations have been sourcing 100-percent green power since the end of
2020. Starting this year, the BMW Group is also
offsetting its remaining CO2 emissions (Scope 1+2) through
selected offsetting measures, which also cover
emissions from company cars and business trips, for example. This
means that, from 2021 on, the BMW Group’s entire production, including
all its locations worldwide, will be completely
net carbon neutral.
For the BMW Group, one thing is certain: Such measures are an
important factor in offsetting
the net impact of climate-damaging emissions –
however, they must not delay substantive measures that can deliver a
real reduction in emissions. For this reason, the BMW Group
only applies these measures for its remaining
carbon emissions that are still unavoidable –
for example, from the use of highly efficient co-generation plants.
“As far as the BMW Group is concerned: Avoiding comes before
offsetting. In this way, we have already lowered our energy
consumption per vehicle produced by more than a third from 2006 levels
and were even able to reduce the corresponding CO2 emissions per
vehicle produced by over 70 percent,” said Zipse.
The BMW Group is the first automotive manufacturer
to set itself concrete targets for reducing CO2 emissions in its
supply chain by 2030. In addition to the use of
green power for the energy-intensive production of fifth-generation
battery cells, further measures have been initiated – for example,
solar power will be used in the future for
production of aluminium, which is also highly
energy-intensive. The BMW Group is also investing in an innovative
method for carbon-free steel production, developed by
US startup Boston Metal, through its venture
capital fund, BMW i Ventures.
2030: At least 50 percent of global sales fully electric
A key driver for the decarbonisation of individual mobility and the
most important factor in reducing CO2 emissions during the use phase
will be the massive ramp-up of electromobility – which the BMW Group
has stepped up even more in recent years. The company will offer five
fully-electric models by the end of this year: the BMW i3*, the
MINI SE* and the BMW iX3*, as well as the two main innovation
flagships, the BMW iX* and the BMW i4*. These will be followed in the
coming years by fully-electric versions of the high-volume BMW 5
Series and the BMW X1. They will also be joined by the BMW 7 Series,
the successor to the MINI Countryman and other models. By 2023, the
BMW Group will have at least one fully-electric model
on the roads in about 90 percent of its current market segments.
Between now and 2025, the BMW Group will
increase its sales of fully-electric models by an
average of well over 50 percent per year –
more than ten times the number of units sold in
2020. Based on its current market forecast, the company also expects
at least 50 percent of its global sales to come from
fully-electric vehicles in 2030. The actual figure may vary
significantly from market to market and will ultimately depend to a
large extent on how much progress is made in expanding charging
infrastructure at regional level.
At this point, there will no longer be any segment position in the
BMW Group’s entire product portfolio where the
company does not offer at least one fully-electric model. Individual
segments may, in fact, be served exclusively by fully-electric models.
The company will also be capable of handling a much larger percentage
of fully-electric vehicles if demand develops accordingly. In total,
over the next ten years or so, the BMW Group will release about
ten million fully-electric vehicles onto the roads.
Definition CE 04 – Electric production vehicle to be unveiled
BMW Motorrad is also expanding its range of electric
vehicles on two wheels for urban spaces: At #NEXTGen 2020, the company
shared a concrete vision of what a production vehicle that could soon
take one-track electromobility in cities to a whole new level, both
technically and optically, might look like, with the BMW Motorrad
Definition CE 04. The BMW Group will be presenting the corresponding
production model this summer.
BMW iX: Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 22.5-19.5
WLTP. Data are preliminary and based on forecasts.
BMW i3 (120 Ah): Power consumption
in kWh/100 km combined: 13.1 NEDC, 16.3-15.3 WLTP.
BMW i3s (120 Ah): Power consumption
in kWh/100 km combined: 14.6-14.0 NEDC, 16.6-16.3 WLTP.
MINI Cooper SE: Power consumption in kWh/100 km
combined: 16.9-14.9 NEDC, 17.6-15.2 WLTP.
BMW iX3: Power consumption in kWh/100 km combined:
17.8-17.5 NEDC, 19.0-18.6 WLTP.
BMW i4: This is a pre-production model, no
homologation figures are available yet.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Max-Morten Borgmann, Communications Corporate, Finance, Sales
Telephone: +49 89 382-24118, Max-Morten.Borgmann@bmwgroup.com
Eckhard Wannieck, head of Communications Corporate, Finance, Sales
Telephone: +49 89 382-24544, Eckhard.Wannieck@bmwgroup.com
Media website: www.press.bmwgroup.com
The BMW Group
With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.
In 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles and
more than 169,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 120,726 employees.
The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from
the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.