MIL OSI – Source: BMW Group – English – Press Release/Statement
Headline: BMW Group at UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn 2017. New energy strategy for CO2-free production. Strong commitment to climate protection.
Bonn/Munich, 14 November 2017. On the occasion of the
UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, the BMW Group announced
significant innovations in its energy strategy. As of 2020, the
company will source only electricity from renewable sources worldwide.
The BMW Group thus takes a significant step closer to its long-term
goal of CO2-free production. At the end of 2016, the share of
electricity from renewable sources at the BMW Group was 63% worldwide.
The partnership between the UN Climate Change Conferences and the BMW
Group dates back to 1992. After participating in previous climate
conferences – or COPs – in Lima, Paris and Marrakesh, the BMW Group
will once again play an active part at COP 23. This year, the
conference will be presided over by the Government of Fiji and take
place at the UN Campus in Bonn in Germany, from 6 to 17 November 2017.
Sustainable Innovation Forum 2017
At COP23, the BMW Group will be present in different events and
formats, contributing both impetus and expertise to talks and
presentations on sustainable development. Most notably, the BMW Group
once again assumes the role as headline sponsor of the Sustainable
Innovation Forums on 13 and 14 November 2017. For many years, the
Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF) has been the premier sustainability
event at UN COP, providing leading stakeholders from the political
arena, business world and society with a platform to discuss the
challenges of sustainable development.
Focus on decarbonization
On Day 1 of the conference, the agenda will focus on the
decarbonization of the transport sector. Keynote speaker for the
Sustainable Innovation Forum will be Markus Duesmann, Member of the
Management Board of BMW AG, Purchasing and Supplier Network: “The BMW
Group has long been a partner of the UN Climate Change Conference and
an active innovation leader in the field of sustainability.
Decarbonization is a major theme in the sustainability discourse, and
for the automotive industry it is and will continue to be a top
priority. When it comes to sustainable responsibility, we consider the
entire value chain, from purchasing and production to the product and
our mobility services as a comprehensive system of lifecycles. Today,
we already obtain 63% of our purchased electricity from renewable
energies. And I’m proud to announce today that our new goal for the
year 2020 will be 100%!”
Dr. Thomas Becker, Vice President of Government Affairs BMW Group,
will participate in a panel discussion about new approaches in
sustainable and efficient transport solutions, innovative business
models of new mobility services, as well as the future and the
challenges of e-mobility. Moderated by Nik Gowing (BBC), the panel
also includes Dr. Philipp Rode from the London School of Economics and
Hon. George Heyman, Minister of Environment of British Columbia,
Canada: “With the global increase of electric and hybrid cars, we will
need to answer the question of how to integrate these vehicles into
our power supply networks. With its e-mobility solutions, the BMW
Group makes a more than significant contribution to decarbonizing the
industry: new business models will make e-mobility an inherent element
of a more flexible, integrated energy system.”
Furthermore, in the discussions with lawmakers and business leaders
as well as NGOs, representatives of the BMW Group will advocate the
importance of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ursula Mathar, the BMW Group’s Head of Sustainability and
Environmental Protection: “We strongly believe that, together with
governments, other companies and representatives of the society, we
can have a positive impact in reaching the Sustainable Development
Goals. Discussing the SDGs with various stakeholders at the
Sustainable Innovation Forum is one of our top priorities.”
Comprehensive sustainability strategy of the BMW Group
The BMW Group takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability,
covering not only the products but the entire value chain. This way,
sustainability becomes requisite for individual mobility and its
public acceptance. The BMW Group exemplifies its understanding of
sustainability by implementing the ten principles of the United
Nation’s Global Compact and by supporting the United Nation’s
Sustainable Development Goals.
New sustainability newsletter
An essential component of sustainable management for the BMW Group is
the on-going dialogue with its stakeholders across the globe.
Intensive exchange contributes to the further development of the
sustainability strategy of the BMW Group. Besides dialogue formats in
North America, Europe and Asia, the BMW Group is creating a new
platform for intensive exchange in the form of a sustainability
newsletter. As of 21 November 2017, interested stakeholders can catch
up on the latest news from different areas of sustainability and sign
up for the newsletter at https://www.bmwgroup.com/en/responsibility/sustainable-stories.html.
If you have any questions, please contact:
BMW Group Corporate Communications
Phone: + 49-89-382-21170
Vice President Governmental Affairs, Sustainability Communications
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.
As a global company, the BMW Group operates 31 production and assembly
facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than
In 2016, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.367 million cars and
145,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax was approximately
€ 9.67 billion on revenues amounting to € 94.16 billion. As of 31
December 2016, the BMW Group had a workforce of 124,729 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.