Albert Straus Featured as Part of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business

Congratulations to Albert Straus, the CEO and Founder of our partner Straus Dairy, for being featured as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2020! Albert Straus has been a force for sustainability by leading his family dairy farm to become the first 100% certified organic, zero-waste, non-GMO creamery in North America.

Using innovative methods and creativity, Straus Family Creamery uses bio “digesters” to convert methane produced from manure into biogas, which is then used to fuel an on-farm generator. As part of this initiative, Straus entered into a first-of-its-kind agreement with the BMW Group to supply cow-to-car renewable electricity to BMW vehicles in California. The program allows BMW to qualify for carbon credits and pays farmers up to ten times more than what they’d earn through a regular power-purchase agreement with public utility companies.  

Read the full Fast Company article  here


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BMW CEO Oliver Zipse Announces New Sustainability Strategy

The BMW Group is making sustainability and resource efficiency central to the company’s strategic direction. Recently, Chairman of the Board of Management Oliver Zipse announced the initial details of this strategic direction in Munich and presented the new targets the company has set for the phase up to 2030.

Building on its decades-long strong foundation, the BMW Group is setting the standards in terms of sustainability through constant innovation. Some of the key new goals outlined include expanding BMW’s fleet of electrified vehicles to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% per vehicle per kilometer driven, reducing 80% of CO2 emissions from plants and sites, and utilizing science-based targets to form a basis for new goals.

In addition to this, Zipse stated that BMW will report its progress against the targets every year which will be used to determine the Board of Management and executive management compensation. Moving forward, the BMW Group will continue to invest in these innovative methods to further reduce CO2 emissions and increase resource efficiency.

Learn more about BMW’s commitments by reading the full press release below.


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Plug-in Hybrids Lead Sustainability

Hybrid vehicles are leading the charge to sustainability. Currently, this consists of Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). In HEVs, the battery is charged by the engine power and brake energy while in PHEVS, it’s charged by plugging vehicles in at a designated charging point, allowing the PHEV to cover long distances in electric mode.  

This charge allows PHEVs to offer the best of both worlds in both combustion power and all-electric for drivers who need variability in daily use. However, for vehicles to work at the best possible advantage to utilize the full environmental benefits, it must be used correctly. Meaning maintaining regular charging will help lower emissions, which is particularly useful as public charging infrastructure develops.  

The BMW Group aims to help its customers become as sustainable as possible by helping them maximize their PHEVs. BMW specially developed the BMW eDrive Zones program which aims to help drivers use their vehicles to lower carbon emissions by using electricity.  When the eDrive Zone is activated, it allows the vehicle to know if it is entering an eco-zone and automatically switches to zero emissions fully electric mode. Additionally, the BMW eDrive Zone also recommends charging points on routes and utilizes BMW points to reward drivers for using electric mode. These points can later be redeemed for prizes.  

Looking toward the future, the program will include convenient billing options while generating lower carbon emissions. As we continue towards the path forward, these innovative concepts and programs will be integral to ensuring sustainable driving solutions.  

Learn more about the BMW eDrive Zones here


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BMW Reaffirms Commitment to Drop CO2 Emissions

As a major automaker dedicated to sustainability, BMW set stricter emissions targets, with the goal of lowering CO2 emissions by 20 percent. This ambitious goal to protect the environment includes plans to continue the rollout hydrogen fuel-cell and battery-electric models while also investing in fuel cell research. 

Recently, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse re-affirmed this commitment, “We remain firmly committed to the CO2 targets agreed within the European Union and to the introduction of the Euro 6d emissions standard. We simply cannot afford to rest on our laurels when it comes to protecting the environment.” 

A third of the reduction will come through improvements to BMW’s drivetrain systems while the remainder of the plan would be through increasing the number of electrified vehicles produced. By 2025, BMW plans to invest $32 billion in research and development. By the end of 2021, the group will be able to offer customers a choice of five all-electric series vehicles. 

Read more about BMW’s commitment here.


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Celebrating Earth Day 2020

As a pioneer in climate protection, the BMW Group continues to pursue its ambitious goals to lower CO2 emissions throughout its value chain in order to make an impact. The plans primarily focus on renewable energy and innovative charging concepts that combine the right products with the right manufacturing which reduce the overall carbon footprint.

While the BMW Group focuses on cutting emissions and energy consumption, it doesn’t just stop there. The most ambitious goal includes the transition to clean energy worldwide. From the end of 2020 the company will purchase only CO2-free energy to power plants, office buildings, dealerships, and research centers.

Product, especially electrification, is another essential component of the BMW’s focus. The ChargeForward program brings together two key tools in the fight against climate change: vehicle electrification and renewable energy. In turn, both of these components encourage consumers worldwide in the transition to EV vehicles and clean energy.

By focusing on the entirety of the value chain to reduce global CO2 emissions, the BMW Group is making an impact in the fight against climate change. As we look towards the future, the path forward will include more changes in both product and manufacturing to promote green, clean energy.  

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The Road to Sustainable Solutions

At the BMW Group, we have a consistent approach throughout the company: deliver on our promises. For us, sustainability isn’t just a trend; it’s a call to action to act beyond the present and towards the future. We have dedicated ourselves to making a positive impact on environmental and climate protection. In 2012, BMW created a set of sustainability goals running through 2020 focusing on three distinct areas: products and services; production and value creation; employees and society. So far, we’ve already fulfilled or are in the final stretch of achieving almost all of them.  

Sustainability is an integral part of the Group’s corporate strategy and business model, efforts that are recognized globally. In 2019, the BMW Group ranked among the top companies by renowned sustainability ratings as well as the only German carmaker to be listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) in the “World” and “Europe” categories. We are convinced that the success of any enterprise comes from your actions. Global challenges, such as climate change, motivate us to develop innovative products that provide forward-looking solutions.   

As drivers of innovation, we are committed to taking a leading role among automakers. The BMW Group is avidly working to increase urban mobility through stakeholder engagement with cities, support for electromobility, emissions limits, and continued developments of regulatory frameworks and products. In 2019 alone, BMW delivered over 146,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids to customers worldwide. That means we now have more than half a million electrified vehicles on the roads across the globe.   

Furthermore, the Group is continuously incorporating new standards from the regulatory code and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into our overall objectives. The SDGs aim to ensure that economic progress is both environmentally friendly and socially equitable. We wholeheartedly believe that companies, governments, and other organizations each have a role to play in achieving the SDGs and are committed to supporting these shared endeavors.  

Looking forward, the BMW Group plans to continue to expand our efforts globally. 2020 serves as a transformational year, as it marks not only the endpoint of our current sustainability goals but also gives us the freedom to implement even more ambitious strategies.    

“Now, we are going even further: we have set ourselves ambitious targets to successfully tackle a variety of new challenges. For this very reason, we have decided to fully incorporate our sustainability strategy into the BMW corporate strategy. This will fully ensure that the company’s thinking and actions are aligned in a sustainable manner. For me, this is how environmental and climate protection can achieve a real impact – across the company and within society.” – Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management.   

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MINI USA Launches Ordering For EV Mini Cooper

MINI USA has just launched ordering for the all-new battery electric MINI Cooper SE. The vehicle makes electric mobility more “MINI” and is a creative solution to create a highly efficient car with a small carbon footprint while being fun to drive, and accessible to consumers.

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The BMW Group Attends the 10th Annual Sustainable Innovation Forum During COP25

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) marked an important step in the global challenge to fight climate change and the development of creative and innovative solutions. This year, Glenn Schmidt, Vice President of Government and External Affairs at the BMW Group, provided opening remarks at the 10thAnnual Sustainable Innovation Forum. Through his remarks, Schmidt affirmed the BMW Group’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, highlighted the importance of a global shift to a low-carbon society, and provided the audience with a preview of future mobility as we scale production of electrified vehicles. 

Additionally, Schmidt took part in the Forum’s Climate Leader Interviews, where he provided details on the BMW Group’s innovative sustainability approach, the importance of collaboration in long-lasting solutions, and trends seen in future EV production. The interview highlighted the BMW Group’s key sustainability strategies and included how the BMW Group is supporting the global shift towards a low-carbon society.

Read the full interview at: https://bit.ly/2Zr9j0m


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BMW Sustainability Fact Check

It’s important to keep companies accountable for the goals they set. That is why the BMW Group released the latest facts on the Group’s commitment towards improving sustainability. In 2012, BMW set ten sustainability targets focused on three key areas: products and services; production and value creation; employees and society. Today, the Group has continued to be instrumental as a leader in electric vehicles, reduction in the consumption of resources, and being recognized as one of the most sustainable automobile manufacturers in the world by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Learn more about BMW’s sustainable achievements at: https://bit.ly/2YC00do


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Building Bridges for Sustainable Development

Sustainability doesn’t always mean supply chains. BMW is bringing people together to create long-lasting and sustainable solutions. Each year, Zukunftbrucke, also known as The Future Bridge Initiative, brings 30 participants from China and Germany where they are given the opportunity to receive further professional and intercultural training while being able to exchange ideas. This past October, the initiative met in both Berlin and Paretz and focused on building sustainable partnerships with this year’s topic being ‘Achieving the 2030 Agenda – Rethinking Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development’. This innovative approach has built a comprehensive and active network within key countries focused on solving global problems. Learn more about BMW’s initiative and the partnerships at: https://bit.ly/2PbioXn


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The BMW Group Joins the Getting to Zero Coalition

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25) began in Madrid, where global leaders and stakeholders are convening to take the next steps to fight climate change. The BMW Group has been an active partner in the COP Conferences since 2008 and is a global leader in electric mobility and green energy. This year, the group will present its expertise on sustainable development, electric mobility, and renew its involvement as a headline sponsor of the Sustainable Innovation Forum, one of the leading sustainability conferences in the UN COP fringe program. 

The BMW Group has also committed to further reduce carbon emissions by joining the “Getting to Zero Coalition”. The initiative is a partnership between the Global Maritime Forum, the Friends of Ocean Action, and the World Economic Forum and focuses on using zero-emission cargo vessels from 2030. Through its participation with the Getting to Zero Coalition, the BMW Group is continuing to push for decarbonization, applying sustainability strategies along the value chain, and furthering the development of electric mobility. 

Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/2Yu1dUf


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The BMW Group and Straus Organic Dairy Farm Partner to Provide California Clean Energy

The manufacturing of electric vehicles means more than just producing sustainable cars. It means creating a sustainable process from beginning to end. The BMW Group and Straus Organic Dairy Farm recently announced a partnership that will not only reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from farming, but will deliver the cleanest fuel possible to EV drivers in California. By plugging in their cars to charge, EV drivers will have the ability to access renewable energy from methane biodigesters. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/2D6L5OB


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Wunderbar Together PopUp Tour in Portland Focuses on Sustainable Mobility

Wunderbar Together, is a year-long, collaborative initiative by the German Foreign Office, Goethe-Institute, and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) that presents participants with diverse projects and events related to politics, business, education, culture and science. Wunderbar Together celebrates the enduring friendship and longstanding cultural and economic ties between Germany and the United States with over 250 partners and more than 1,500 events spanning across the United States.

In October 2019, the BMW Group participated as a key sponsor of the Wunderbar Together PopUp Tour in Portland, Oregon, to emphasize the importance of German-American unity and its commitment to creating sustainable solutions that improve the future of mobility. The Portland PopUp tour featured a culture tent with mobile presentation modules and numerous edutainment elements with programs ranging from conferences, panel discussions, and science slams to art exhibits and concerts.  

“We came to Portland because it is the model of a vibrant, sustainability-focused, and environmentally conscious metropolis,” stated Lisa Errion-Saums, Vice President of Government and External Affairs for the Americas at the BMW Group. “With its many highly reputed research and education institutions and a fertile ground for the creation of start-ups, Portland provides ideal conditions to create sustainable solutions for the mobility of the future.”

The week was filled with events that allowed the BMW Group to connect and engage with a diverse group of Portland stakeholders to hear firsthand about their vision for sustainable mobility and issues being faced by metropolitan areas world-wide. 

Discussions on Future Mobility

“Electromobility and the Grid”

Taking a deeper dive into the topic of future mobility, the BMW Group hosted two panel discussions: “Electromobility and the Grid”, a discussion on how to empower the mobility and energy transformation in Oregon, and “Shaping the Future of Urban Mobility through Innovation”, a discussion, in collaboration with URBAN-X by MINI, highlighting examples of successful start-ups who have implemented innovative, disruptive concepts to help shape the future of urban mobility. Both panels presented participants with a safe space to exchange ideas and gain valuable insights on the need for improved solutions for the future of mobility.   

“Shaping the Future of Urban Mobility through Innovation”

Short Talk: “Design for Mobility”

“Design for Mobility”

Designworks, the design innovation studio for the BMW Group, presented a series of short talks on “Design for Mobility”. During this event, participants gained valuable insights from design experts on their work on mobility, future mobility trends, and sustainable system design for urban areas.

Science Slam: “Our City 2040”

Science Slam: “Our City 2040”

Organized by Policult, the BMW Group also hosted Science Slam: “Our City 2040”, a moderated TED-talk style competition featuring young scientists from the United States and Germany. Kerry Aszklar, from Portland State University, was the winner of the competition, winning a four-day trip to Munich, Germany to visit the BMW Group Headquarters, the BMW Museum, and the BMW Welt. Her submission focused on physical activity in future mobility and the gender gap in bicycling.

Other winners included: 

  • Johannes Kretzschmar – “Frankenstein’s Electric Car”
  • Sabina Roan – “Infrastructure Solutions for Earthquake Hazards”
  • Benjamin Panreck – “Robot Myon and the Knee Bend”

To learn more about Wunderbar Together, please visit https://wunderbartogether.org


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Human Rights in the Supply Chain: BMW to Directly Source Cobalt for Electric Vehicles

Electromobility is more than just a trend, it’s becoming a large share of future mobility. To account for the transition to electrified vehicles, the BMW Group is taking precautions within our supply chain to combat any violations of human rights in the sourcing of materials like cobalt. Beginning next year, through the “Cobalt for Development” project, the BMW Group will source raw cobalt for electric vehicles directly and will incorporate it into the overall supply chain, maintaining full responsibility and transparency over where the raw material comes from. Read more: http://bit.ly/2Mt0i1S


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BMW and Greenbiz Group Discuss Sustainability and Future Mobility [Part 2]

As the European market’s leader in electric vehicles, we are committed to creating innovative solutions that help drive sustainability and the future of mobility. Recently, our Head of Sustainability for Product and Production, Jury Witschnig, sat down with Greenbiz Group’s President and Co-founder, Pete May, for an in-depth conversation on what renewable energy, the circular economy, and an all-electric rollout means to us. Read Part 2 of the interview here: http://bit.ly/2OxVU3a


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BMW and Greenbiz Group Discuss Sustainability and Future Mobility [Part 1]

As the European market’s leader in electric vehicles, we are committed to creating innovative solutions that help drive sustainability and the future of mobility. Recently, our Head of Sustainability for Product and Production, Jury Witschnig, sat down with Greenbiz Group’s President and Co-founder, Pete May, for an in-depth conversation on what renewable energy, the circular economy, and an all-electric rollout means to us. Read Part 1 of the interview here: http://bit.ly/3120qcJ


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BMW Partners with Sustainable Dairy Farmers

What do dairy farms and smart vehicles have in common? A shared passion for innovative solutions that are good both for the environment and for local business and communities.

Through a new partnership with Straus Farms, an organic, California-based dairy farm and renewable energy producer, BMW is using green energy produced by Straus Farms to power their smart vehicles in Sonoma, California. Straus Farms uses advanced,  sustainable technology such as biodigestion, to create green electricity that California recognizes as having negative carbon emissions. Through its participation in BMW ChargeForward ,which allows drivers of smart vehicles to charge with green energy, Straus Farms provides smart charging to drivers in its local community.

Through this unique partnership, BMW and Straus Farms have met strict environmental standards and rules set in California, such as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard set this year. The program allows automakers like BMW to partner with renewable energy producers like Straus Farms to claim environmental credits and generate revenue for both businesses. Revenue, which for local farms like Straus Farms, can be used to continue to expand their sustainability practices.

Straus Farms hopes to build a second biodigester, and through the revenue generated by future partnerships like this one, eventually become the first carbon-neutral dairy farm in the world.

To learn more about BMW ChargeForward, please visithttps://bmwmovement.org/educationprogram/charge-forward/


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BMW of North America Donates 100 New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for Visitors to America’s National Parks

Recently, through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, and the Department of Energy, the BMW Group announced the successful completion of its project to donate 100 electric vehicle charging stations in and near to national parks throughout the United States. So far, more than 90 of the charging stations have been installed, with the remainder on track to open this month. 

“We can’t think of a better way to enjoy the summer than visiting one of America’s beautiful national parks. In making electric vehicle charging more widely available for everyone, this joint effort serves to make America’s national parks more accessible to drivers of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles,” said Bernhard Kuhnt, president and CEO, BMW of North America.

The use of public-private partnerships was essential in completing this important project. “Thanks to public-private partnership, electric vehicle drivers can enjoy a quintessential national park road trip,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “Not only will drivers benefit, but also the businesses and communities at the doorstep of our treasured national parks.” 

When identifying site locations, the team considered the following factors: the proximity and strength of EV markets, distance from nearby charging locations, and natural and cultural landscapes. The Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office has provided technical assistance that supports innovative energy saving transportation projects at national park sites. These projects educate visitors on the benefits of advanced and alternative fuel vehicles and can help the National Park Service meet their energy, economic, and environmental goals. These projects are beneficial because they have the opportunity to reach far beyond the boundaries of the national parks. 

For more information please view the full article here.


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Smart Vehicles Are Getting Smarter with BMW ChargeForward

With communication technology and smartphone connectivity, how much more intelligent can smart vehicles get? BMW i is taking eco-friendly technology to the next level with smart electric vehicle charging – making the most of renewable energy while keeping public electric grids stable.

Partnering with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) BMW – is testing its “ChargeForward” program in the Bay Area, with the goal of supporting utility grid balance of supply and demand and renewable energy goals. Launched in 2015, 350 owners of electrified vehicles in the Bay Area are utilizing ChargeForward and reducing their energy consumption in the process.

“Our target is to offer charging power generated with the lowest possible CO2 emissions at most attractive prices to drivers of our electric cars,” says Dr. Joachim Kolling, Head of BMW Group Mobility and Energy Services.

ChargeForward supports BMW’s holistic sustainability vision, which includes electric mobility and sustainability initiatives. Phase 1 of the ChargeForward pilot demonstrated the capability of the program to charge BMW i3 vehicles while lowering electricity operation and maintenance costs. By improving grid conditions, this program is ultimately expected to help California realize its climate goals and reduce the total cost of EV ownership for consumers. 

Through this program, which is supported by a California Energy Commission grant, BMW will further explore the strategic management of a vehicle’s charging over time and space, including home, public and workplace charging, by aligning charging with wholesale energy market data and renewable generation.

To learn more about the program, visit https://www.bmwchargeforward.com.


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BMW Continues To Meet Sustainability Goals

The BMW Group understands that shaping sustainable mobility requires setting ambitious goals and carrying out rigorous measurement to ensure constant improvement. To this end, we recently released the 2018 edition of our annual Sustainable Value Report (SVR). The 2018 SVR provides information on current measures and achievements during the 2018 reporting year, as well as updates on concrete progress towards fulfilment of the company’s sustainability goals. 

“Sustainability is a holistic task that is firmly anchored in our corporate strategy,” says Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “In addition to developing innovative products and services, responsible use of resources is another central concern of all that we do—with clear objectives and measures that we are setting for ourselves and successfully implementing.” 

The BMW Group set ten strategic sustainability targets, which we have been consistently pursuing since 2001 with the goal of having full completion by 2020. These goals fit within three key areas: products and services; production and value creation; and employees and society. 

The hard work has been paying off. Some of the progress we made in 2018 includes:

More than 140,000 electrified vehicles sold worldwide 

Today, we are the European market leaders in electric vehicles and  are electrifying all brands and model series. Our approach isn’t just reducing emissions and increasing sustainability, we’re also expanding our customers’ digital world into their vehicles.

79 percent of electricity purchased worldwide from renewable resources 

We’re working to reduce our overall environmental footprint during the manufacturing process. By 2020, we are working to have all plants worldwide run on green electricity.

Relative CO2 emissions per vehicle produced decreased by 2.4 percent    

We will continue to meet the statutory COlimit worldwide. By 2020, we will have reduced CO2 emissions in the European new vehicle fleet by at least 50 percent.

Over the coming years, the BMW Group will continue to push towards achieving increasingly ambitious sustainability goals across all areas of our business and in every market where we operate. In the U.S., BMW Movement will continue to showcase what the company is doing both internally, and in our communities as good corporate citizens, to ensure that we are leading the way as the most sustainable mobility provider in the world. 

For an overview of the Sustainable Value Report, please see our 2018 Sustainability Factbook


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LA Auto Show / Veloz Symposium

Caption: Veloz Executive Director, Josh Boone, opens the “Putting the Pedal to the Medal” forum in Los Angeles on Nov. 29, 2018.

Amidst the excitement of the LA Auto Show, which brings 1,000 vehicles and countless auto enthusiasts together each year, there is an unmistakable buzz around what the future holds for sustainability and the car industry. BMW Group is helping lead the charge in accelerating the shift to electromobility in California by partnering with key sector companies, agencies and other nonprofits through the collaborative non-profit, Veloz.

Leading into the auto show, Veloz convened stakeholders for an in-depth forum on California’s electric car culture called, “Putting the Pedal to the Metal.” The forum sponsored by Veloz founding members BMW, Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power included insightful conversations about how automakers are accelerating electric cars in California, how California companies are advancing transportation electrification, and gubernatorial leadership on electric transportation.

Dr. Thomas Becker, Vice President of Government & External Affairs at BMW AG, joined the symposium to offer his perspective on fuel economy standards, the latest on BMW’s electric vehicle roadmap, and the company’s footprint in California.

BMW Group’s Electric Vehicle Roadmap

According to Dr. Becker, the BMW Group is committed to reducing the emissions of its fleet. In fact, the BMW Group has already introduced a significant number of fuel-saving technologies and implemented those throughout almost all of its model portfolio.

By 2025, the BMW Group will offer 25 electrified vehicles—12 of which will be fully electric. The first series electric MINI will be released in 2019 and the company will be introducing the first BMW SUV model—the X3—as a BEV in 2020.

During the LA Auto Show, the BMW Group premiered the iNEXT, our next technological innovation, due in 2021. Highly automated, emission-free, and fully connected, the BMW iVision NEXT brings together the BMW Group’s strategic innovation fields into a Vision Vehicle for the first time.

BMW Group’s Footprint in California

The LA Auto Show is an important event for the BMW Group given its own facilities and close relationships throughout the state. From their Designworks studio in LA to the R&D facilities in Mountain View and a Vehicle Emissions Testing Center in Oxnard, BMW is driving innovation in the state of California.

This year, BMW and PG&E, a fellow Veloz founding member, introduced the most advanced smart charging program, ChargeForward, to support utility grid efficiencies through management of vehicle charging times.

BMW is also partnering with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) in helping to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies. Dr. Becker is certain that LACI will lead the convergence toward a future that integrates shared mobility, zero emissions goods movement, and autonomy. Over the summer, BMW contributed to the ZEV Roadmap, which sets the goal to move toward an additional 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution beyond current commitments through accelerating transportation electrification. The goal is to achieve this reduction by the time the world arrives in Los Angeles for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Other local collaborations include a fleet of more than 200 all-electric BMW i3s at the LA Police Department to help the city improve the efficiency of their fleet and thus reach their sustainability targets, and a living laboratory at UC Davis, the world’s leading transportation policy institute, that will help inform other campuses, small cities, and towns about what to expect when integrating electric vehicles into fleets.

The kind of collaboration made possible by Veloz assembling such a high-powered and diverse board with membership of key sector companies, agencies, and nonprofits can help overcome barriers that still exist in advancing electrification.

“Making the big shift to electric cars is not simple or easy—consumer awareness and a favorable policy framework are key to success,” said Dr. Becker. “This is a new model for addressing a complicated problem. If successful, it can be a model for other states and nations. At BMW we are committed to Veloz and want to help accelerate the shift to electric cars in California.”

 


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The BMW Group is Working to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

In autumn 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that formed the heart of the 2030 Agenda to shape economic growth in an equitable and environmentally sound way. The BMW Group is committed to this new social contract, and to attaining the SDGs that form its foundation. We are addressing the SDGs where we believe we can have the greatest impact though our sustainability strategy and with a focus on our value chain.

We are convinced that companies, governments, and other organizations can make a positive contribution towards the attainment of the SDGs.
On a global level, the BMW Group has identified SDGs where we can work to drive the greatest global change. These Goals include:

SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities: with our integrated mobility services and innovative approaches, we want to change mobility patterns in selected metropolitan areas in a sustainable way. These include our car-sharing services DriveNow and ReachNow, which increasingly offer electric vehicles, as well as the electric scooter specially designed for commuter traffic in cities. With the Urban Mobility competence center created in 2015, the BMW Group supports the paradigm shift from cities suitable for cars to cities suitable for people. The center acts as a platform through which the BMW Group works with cities and other partners to develop new concepts for future urban mobility with a view to making cities even more attractive to live in.

What’s more, the BMW Group also invests in start-ups with promising mobility concepts through its investment fund BMW i Ventures with registered offices in Silicon Valley. With competitions and internal start-up programs, we promote the development of further innovation in the context of SDG 11 in a targeted manner. An intrapreneurship competition was held for this purpose in summer 2017. All departments were called upon to submit ideas for products and services on the topic of “Sustainable Cities and Communities.”

SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production: we continuously reduce CO2 emissions and resource usage per vehicle produced. In our locations worldwide, we are increasingly focusing on renewable energy and are also working with our supplier network towards improving resource efficiency. The joint venture “Digital Energy Solutions,” founded in 2015, also offers digital-based services to small and medium-sized companies, with a view to better harnessing the potential of renewable energy. The recycling of vehicle parts is also promoted with the joint venture Encory, founded in September 2016.

SDG 13 – Climate Action: if a consistent measurement method is applied, we are continuously reducing the CO2 emissions of our vehicle fleet. Electromobility is an essential component of our CO2 strategy. We are consistently increasing the proportion of electrified drive systems in our model range and therefore not only make a contribution towards the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but also towards improved air quality in urban areas. Worldwide, the BMW Group plans to sell at least 140,000 electric cars and plug-in hybrids as early as this year and is currently on course to achieve that target.

The BMW Group is also addressing several of the Goals in different markets and in different ways to serve the communities where we work. In the U.S. market, we look for all opportunities to contribute to the SDGs in a meaningful way.

For instance, the MINI Takes the States campaign raises money for Feeding America, a network of over 200 food banks that provide food to over 46 million people in need. The proceeds raised from MINI Takes the States 2018 supported one million meals—contributing to SDG 2 – Zero Hunger. The BMW Group is also focused on SDG 4 – Quality Education across the U.S. and at different levels. At BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the BMW Scholars program provides students access to affordable and highly valuable training with a direct path to employment. Similarly, BMW MSTEP training creates education opportunities for returning military service members, helping to ease their transition to civilian life. Additionally, BMW Financial Services is focused on tackling SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation through its Care4Water project, which provides access to clean water for people in need.

The BMW Group is committed to finding new and creative ways to contribute to advancing the SDGs on both global and local levels. We believe that companies have an inherent responsibility to act as responsible corporate citizens, and are constantly looking for new ways to add value to the societies and environments where we do business.


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ChargeForward Leverages Solar Energy Resources through Smart-Charging

ChargeForward is a pilot project currently being tested by the BMW Group in the Bay Area., The project aims to use as much solar energy as possible to charge electric vehicles, while keeping the public electricity grid stable. In partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), the BMW Group is developing smart software to monitor the electricity grid for high loads and defer charging to times when there is less strain on the infrastructure. The charging control system also responds flexibly when the weather is sunny to utilize the abundance of renewable energy. All of this happens almost unnoticeably for the customer, but simultaneously allows charging to be noticeably cleaner and cheaper.

In leading this project, BMW i is shaping the future of electric vehicle charging by figuring out how to make plentiful use of solar energy without ever overloading the public electricity grid. In 2017, ChargeForward entered into the second test phase and is now being fine-tuned to perform more sophisticated functions and give users information on the impact of their participation.

For more information view the full article here.


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BMW i Partners with UN Environment to Shape Electric Mobility in Latin America

In August 2018, BMW i—the branch responsible for the design and manufacture of electric vehicles—signed an alliance with the United Nations Environment Program to promote the use of electric vehicles and other sustainable mobility solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. In accordance with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the goal is to transform the transport sector in this region with the use of clean technologies that also bring more benefits to the population.

The regional director of UN Environment in Latin America, Leo Heileman, is confident in the implementation of a new model of electric mobility, and our regional manager of BMW i in Latin America, Oliver Rosenthal, has committed to working with State entities to promote electric mobility technology. Together, the two organizations seek to share information and knowledge, promote dialogue with other stakeholders, and accelerate action on the national level in pilot countries and cities.

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