BMW SUSTAINABILITY

CIRCULARITY & RESOURCE CONSERVATION.

INTRO

CIRCULAR ECONOMY CAN CONSERVE RESOURCES.

Conserving resources is one of our goals. Just like using raw materials as considerately, as often and as long as possible. Our goal is a circular economy. With respect for the world and good ideas for our sustainability.

BMW Sustainability 2023 circularity circular approach

CIRCULAR APPROACH

60 kg

Circular approach.

60 kg of recycled plastics on average are integrated into a new BMW Group vehicle – this represents a proportion of at least 20%.

BMW Sustainability 2023 circularity waste processing

WASTE PROCESSING

99%

Waste processing.

The BMW Group recycled 99% of the waste created during the internal production of 2.3 million vehicles in 2022 – 93.4% materially and 5.8% thermally.

BMW Sustainability 2023 circularity recycling ratio

Recycling ratio

30%

Recycling ratio.

30% of our new vehicles contain secondary raw materials, that is recycled and reused materials.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

DISCOVER THE POWER OF CIRCULARITY.

The way we handle resources plays a key role for the BMW Group. In this process, we wish to continue using raw materials in line with the four principles of the circular economy:

BMW Sustainability 2023 circularity BMW i Vision Circular

THE BMW i VISION CIRCULAR.

RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and RE:CYCLE. The BMW i Vision Circular is conceived fully in line with our principles of the circular economy. The compact, fully electric Vision vehicle with a focus on sustainability and luxury thus offers a fascinating look ahead into the future.

BMW Sustainability 2023 circularity sustainable vehicle paints

MORE SUSTAINABLE AUTOMOTIVE PAINTS MADE FROM BIOMASS.

The paint shops in the European BMW Group plants use matt-finish paints that are not produced from crude oil, but instead from regenerative raw materials such as biological waste. In addition, the BMW Group plants in Rosslyn and Leipzig also employ sustainably produced anti-corrosive coating. The CO2 reductions in a process certified by TÜV amount to more than 15,000 tonnes in the period 2022 to 2030.

BATTERY LIFE CYCLE

PHASES IN THE LIFE OF A BATTERY CELL.

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Development.

In the Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre in Munich, the BMW Group is conducting research into the ideal chemical composition for the cells in a lithium-ion battery cell. This involves subjecting the constituent parts of cathode, anode, separator and electrolyte to a sophisticated development process.

BMW Sustainability 2023 circularity in-car application

Use in vehicle.

Today’s electric vehicles already achieve a range in excess of 600 km with one charge, and the trend is rising. Experience shows that electric vehicles are able to achieve the same mileage as their conventional counterparts without any need to exchange the high-voltage battery.

BMW Sustainability 2023 circularity second life

Second Life.

Following intensive use of the lithium-ion battery in the vehicle, it would be possible to continue deploying it for many years to come as stationary storage in battery farms, for example, before it enters the recycling process.

BMW Sustainability 2023 circularity recycling

Recycling.

The raw materials of the battery cell can be reprocessed. In the Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre, the BMW Group is developing the recycling of secondary raw materials for the next generation of battery cells. Thus, the life cycle of the battery can close and start all over again.

FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON CIRCULARITY & RESOURCES.