Hydroelectric power from Isar and Lech for the production of BMW iX* and BMW i4 +++ Electricity for BMW Group production 100% green +++ Direct supply contracts increase the ecological quality
Munich / Dingolfing. For the production of its new electric models BMW iX* and BMW i4, the BMW Group uses regional green electricity from hydropower in its plants in Dingolfing and Munich. The company concluded corresponding supply contracts for regeneratively generated electricity from hydroelectric power plants on the Isar and Lech with the Munich municipal utility and RWE Supply & Trading. Board Member for Production at BMW AG, Milan Nedeljković: “We take a holistic view of sustainability. Not only driving a car itself should be as emission-free as possible. Rather, our goal is to continue to significantly reduce the CO 2 footprint of our manufacturing processes.”
The BMW Group already uses green electricity exclusively for its production sites worldwide. “What’s new is that in the future we will also specifically rely on regional suppliers around our plants and buy electricity generated from renewable sources directly there,” explains Nedeljković. The amount of green electricity required for the production of the BMW iX* and the BMW i4 comes from the Uppenborn-Isar hydroelectric power plants between Moosburg and Landshut and the Lech power plants in Gersthofen and Rain. The amounts of electricity also take into account the need for the production of numerous components for the two electric models in the BMW Group plants in Landshut, Dingolfing, and Berlin.
Parallel to the increased number of such electricity contracts, the proportion of electricity generated at BMW Group locations from renewable or CO 2 – neutral sources will be increased. Since 2013, four wind turbines at the Leipzig site have been generating all the electrical energy required to manufacture the BMW i3*. Another example: In the most recent plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, large-area solar systems ensure that the company shares the electricity required for production.
The BMW Group’s energy goals are long-term. From 2006 to 2019, the company reduced emissions per vehicle in production by more than 70 percent. “By 2030 we will reduce CO 2 emissions by another 80 percent,” emphasizes Nedeljković. “Thus the CO 2 emissions are reduced compared to 2006 to less than ten percent of the value at that time.”
In doing so, the BMW Group can build on a strong foundation: over the past decades, the company has repeatedly set standards in terms of sustainability. The principle of continuous improvement remains at the heart of the strategy for reducing CO2 emissions and increasing resource efficiency.
In addition to purchasing 100 percent green electricity since 2020, the BMW Group is consistently investing in optimizing its energy efficiency – and also making use of the opportunities offered by digitalization. The BMW Group is already increasing the efficiency of its production with data analytics – for example by minimizing rejects in body construction and predictive maintenance of machines. In addition to the significant reduction in substance, the BMW Group will completely neutralize its remaining CO 2 emissions (Scope 1 + 2) from 2021 with appropriate certificates.
BMW iX: Combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; Power consumption combined: < 21 kWh/100km; Combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km. (Information is provisional and based on forecasts)
BMW i3: combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; Combined power consumption: 13.1 kWh/100km (NEDC) / 16.3-15.3 kWh/100km (WLTP); Combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km.