In its current environmental statement, the BMW Group Werk Landshut documents its comprehensive sustainability activities in the field of environmental and climate protection. “Despite more difficult environmental conditions by the Corona Pandemic, we have reached our sustainability goals in the year under review 2020,” says Frank Strasen, Head of Occupational Safety, Ergonomics and Environmental Protection of the BMW Group Werks Landshut. The independent side – by an environmental verifier of the TuV-certified environmental statement 2020 is also available online for those interested.
As the largest component plant of the Group, the Landshut factory location a significant contribution to the fact that the BMW Group has reduced energy consumption per vehicle in production compared to 2006 by more than a third, as the manufacturer announces. The CO2 emissions per produced vehicle could therefore be reduced by the Group throughout the Group through improvements in energy efficiency and increased use of green stream even by around 78 percent.
“In terms of sustainability and environmental protection, we have already reached a lot. Nevertheless, we can not and want to rest – especially with regard to the ambitious goal of the BMW Group, to avoid over 200 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030, “says Dr. Stefan Kasperowski, Head of the BMW Group Werks Landshut. For this, the BMW Group consistently reduces the CO2 footprint of its vehicles across the entire life cycle – starting with raw material extraction and the supply chain on production and use to recycling of vehicles at their end of life. “As the largest component plant of the company, we will continue to contribute to this. Because sustainability and premium are inextricably linked to us, “says Kasperowski.
Aluminum from the desert sun and regional green flow
For the largest production area of the factory, for example, the light metal foundry, the location has recently obtained aluminum, for which electricity is used for solar energy. Since the production of aluminum is very energy intensive, the use of green flow – such as solar power – has significant potential in reducing CO2 emissions. The aluminum produced with solar energy in a desert outside of Dubai is processed in the Landshut light metal casting body body and drive components, as needed, for example, for electric drives.
43.000 tonnes in the value of a three-digit million euro amount covers the relation of the solar aluminum almost half of the annual requirement of light metal foundry at the Landshut plant.
For the production of the new electrom models IX and I4, the BMW Group also uses regional green stream from the Uppenborn-Isar hydropower plants between Moosburg and Landshut and the Lechkraften Gersthofen and Rain. This also takes into account the production of numerous components for the two electric models at the Landshut plant.
Reusable shells in the operating gastronomy
In addition to comprehensive package of measures for energy efficiency and resource conservation, the experts of the BMW Group Werk Landshut look far beyond production and are constantly looking for further opportunities to become even more sustainable. An example of this is the operating gastronomy. Especially in times of pandemic, in which to-go offers in the gastronomy are reinforced, a sustainable alternative to disposable packaging is particularly important: After a successful pilot phase, the BMW Group plant Landshut now reliably relies on the reusable lunch boxes of Recup in the Production catering.
The food containers named Rebowl consist of recyclable plastic and thus contribute significantly to avoid packaging waste. In the operating restaurant of the BMW Group Werks Landshut, employees can serve their meals since mid-April against a small pawn fee in a sustainable Rebowl. The return takes place directly in the operating restaurant on the factory premises. There, the containers are hygienically cleaned and prepared for reuse. The bowls and lids can also be returned throughout Germany for all Rebowl partners.
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