BMW focus on recyclable and recycled materials

One area that BMW will focus on in the future is that of recyclable materials. Since 1991, a dismantling line has been operating at its plant in Landshut and has taken the first big steps with the i3 but initiatives need to be increased both in frequency and in intensity. As the head of BMW, Oliver Zipse, characteristically states:

“Humanity consumes about 100 billion tons of raw material every year, and almost all of them come from the top layer of the Earth. For reasons of sustainability but also financial, we cannot continue to do the same forever. Efficiency, avoiding waste is a basic principle of industrialization. We are focusing on this issue and expanding it to include supply chains and raw materials.”

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Let’s not forget that the German company has already revealed the iVision Circular, which was built 100% from materials that are recycled, and if this percentage is practically unattainable when the conversation goes to mass production, the target remains high.

According to data provided by Zipse himself, at the moment 30% of the materials used to produce a BMW come from recycling, while with the new architecture, the percentage increases to about 50%.

In the future, the goal is to reach 70 to 80% but to do this, the problem of availability will have to be solved as the bottleneck today lies in the fact that there are not enough recycled materials to meet the needs of the industry.

Of course, BMW has evaluated its suppliers so that any raw material it uses comes from sustainable activities, the most prominent example being the cobalt for batteries that does not come from Congo but from Australia.

In short, the equation of sustainability is not only about recyclable and recycled materials but also about raw materials and their origin, while Zipse said between serious and funny that in the future, companies’ claims regarding sustainability will be examined by independent authorities for their reliability.


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