BMW Sets New Climate Change Standards

Wed 1st Sep 2021

One of the world’s biggest motor manufacturers has taken a further commitment to reduce CO2 by 2030 with the introduction of recycled materials in their vehicles.

BMW’s ‘Neue Klasse’ will help the company drastically reduce emissions produced on every vehicle and forms part of German brand’s research and development of sustainable materials. The company has committed to environmentally compatible raw materials, whilst looking at the creation of a ‘secondary-materials’ market with the philosophy of RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and RE:CYCLE, within the circular economy.

BMW have pioneered the use of renewable raw materials for a number of years, with natural fibres not only better for the environment as they absorb CO2 and release oxygen during the growth phase, but are also 30 per cent lighter than plastic alternatives. BMW are also looking at the use of wood in many different areas, including a foam made from wood particles. 

By reduce the percentage of oil-based primary plastics and replacing them with biobased plastics such as cellulose, hemp and bamboo, the company hope to have an average of 40 per cent recycled material by 2030.

“We are setting new standards for sustainable premium quality – by rethinking materials and focusing more than ever on resource-efficient alternatives and renewable materials with strong dismantling capability,” said Dr Stefan Floeck, head of Development Body, Exterior, Interior, responsible for Product Line MINI, Compact Class BMW since 1 September. “We are following a consistent path towards holistically sustainable product development, responsible use of resources and transformation into a circular economy.”