BMW Group pushes low-emission transport logistics

Munich. The BMW Group has expanded its commitment towards making
transport logistics more sustainable. Ahead of the United Nations
Climate Change Conference (COP 25) in Madrid and as part of the
Group’s commitment to further reduce carbon emissions along the entire
value chain, the company has joined the “Getting to Zero Coalition”.
The objective of this initiative is to use zero-emission cargo vessels
from 2030. The Getting to Zero Coalition is a partnership between the
Global Maritime Forum, the Friends of Ocean Action and the World
Economic Form.

“Maritime transport is crucial for supplying the BMW Group’s
international manufacturing network and for the global distribution of
vehicles. We see the Getting to Zero Coalition of various governments,
companies and other cross-sector stakeholders as a unique opportunity
to continuously minimise carbon emissions in the maritime sector as
well”, emphasises Jürgen Maidl, Senior Vice President Production
Network and Supply Chain Management at the BMW Group. “We are
delighted to be the first carmaker to join this coalition and thus
lead the way towards more sustainability.”
Maritime transport
currently accounts for 50 per cent of the BMW Group’s transport chain
CO2 emissions. Globally, around three per cent of the overall
greenhouse gas emissions come from maritime transport – and the trend
is strongly upwards. As part of the Getting to Zero Coalition, the BMW
Group now wants to achieve a total elimination of carbon emissions by
using carbon-free fuels and new propulsion systems as well as
optimising energy efficiency.


With its activities as part of the Getting to Zero Coalition, the BMW
Group is continuing to push decarbonisation within the company in the
area of logistics: in addition to the sustainability strategy along
the entire value chain, the Group’s holistic approach also includes
resource-friendly production methods in BMW plants worldwide and
further development of electric mobility.
The BMW Group has
succeeded, for example, in reducing the consumption of resources and
emissions per vehicle produced by more than 50 per cent since 2006. In
addition, all plants operated by the BMW Group and the three BBA joint
venture plants in China will be supplied exclusively with energy from
renewable sources from next year. The BMW Group plants in Europe are
already being supplied with 100 per cent green electricity since 2017.
By focusing on electric mobility from a very early stage, BMW has also
become one of the global pioneers of this technology. The BMW i3 has
been the global leader in its segment since 2013. With a portfolio
currently including 12 models, BMW offers the widest range of electric
vehicles in the market. By 2021, one million electrified vehicles of
the BMW Group will be on the roads. Moreover, by 2023, the company
will be offering 25 electrified models.


BMW Group reconfirms its clear commitment to the UN Agenda 2030

The announcement that the BMW Group has joined the Getting to Zero
Coalition in advance of COP 25, taking place from 2 to 13 December in
Madrid, is no coincidence. The United Nations Climate Change
Conferences and the BMW Group’s activities are linked by a long
history of close collaboration. The BMW Group has actively taken part
in the COP climate change conferences on a regular basis since 2008.
This year, the company will contribute new ideas and its technical
expertise on sustainable development once again.
The focus of the
activities will be on the renewed involvement of the BMW Group as a
headline sponsor of the Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF) on 10 and
11 December 2019. The SIF has been one of the leading sustainability
conferences in the UN COP fringe programme for many years and is
regularly attended by global key stakeholders from politics, industry,
science and society, who use it as a platform for discussion on the
challenges of sustainable development. In this context, the BMW Group
will mainly present current developments in electric mobility and
demonstrate how smart and digital technologies can contribute to
sustainable mobility.


Media Contacts: 

BMW Group
Milena Pighi, Sustainability Communications

Phone: + 49 89 382-66563

Andreas Klugescheid,
Vice President Governmental Affairs,
Sustainability Communications

Phone: +49 89 382-23661



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 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and
more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2018 was € 9.815 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 97.480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 134,682 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.