BMW and BMW MINI will use cast aluminum wheels made with 100% green energy from 2024 onwards.
BMW car announced that it along with MINI will use cast aluminum wheels manufactured with 100% green energy from 2024 onwards. This conversion will especially apply to the energy-intensive electrolysis used to produce aluminum and wheel casting, BMW explains. To make this happen, the company referred to the respective agreements reached with all the wheel suppliers of the BMW Group.
BMW has mentioned wheels account for around 5% of the supply chain’s CO2 emissions, and so this transition will help the brand reduce its carbon footprint by more than half. The premium automaker buys about 10 million light-alloy wheels each year, of which 95% are made from cast aluminum.
BMW says the switch to 100% green energy for the production of cast aluminum wheels will help the premium carmaker move up the sustainability ladder. Aluminum has good recycling properties, making it easier to melt old wheels as part of the circular economy. This eliminates the need for energy-intensive electrolysis to produce primary raw materials, the Bavarian company said.
BMW aims to reduce emissions throughout the entire supply chain by 20% from 2019 levels by 2030. Member of the BMW AG Board of Directors responsible for the Purchase and Supplier Network “Green energy is one of the biggest levers for reducing CO2 emissions in our supply chain,” says Joachim Post. We have signed over 400 contracts with our suppliers, including wheel and aluminum suppliers, requiring them to use green energy. “
Date of first publication: April 9, 2022, 01:10 PM IST