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BMW Group Commits to More Sustainable Logistics

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Antonio Gozain By Antonio Gozain | Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst - Tue, 02/14/2023 - 16:58

BMW Group has set an ambitious target of reducing CO2 emissions across its entire value chain by 2030. The company plans to cut emissions by 40% from 2019 levels.

To achieve this goal, the German automaker has recognized the crucial role that logistics plays in the process of decarbonization. As part of its commitment to sustainable practices, BMW Group is exploring various technological innovations to develop low-emission vehicles and resource-efficient packaging for global logistics.

“Logistics is definitely a relevant lever for reducing the BMW Group’s environmental footprint, also when considering the entire vehicle lifecycle,” says Karl-Friedrich Koch, Vice President Production Control and Logistics, BMW Group Mexico.

BMW Group has been working on various research and pilot projects, collaborating with service providers under an open technology approach to reach its goals. The "BMW iFACTORY. LEAN. GREEN. DIGITAL." strategy provides an overarching vision for the automaker's global production and logistics network, where flexibility, efficiency, sustainability and digitalization are key, according to a statement by the company.

To achieve sustainable logistics, BMW Group is focused on reducing distances between suppliers and production plants and enhancing the regional availability of alternative drive technologies and fuels. The company is also analyzing the regional sourcing of materials and applying the "production follows the market" principle by placing production sites close to the customers, says BMW. Wherever possible, the automaker is using rail and sea transportation to reduce CO2 emissions, while trucks are still being used for overland transport.

Green hydrogen also is being considered as the fuel of the future by BMW Group, which is exploring its potential. The "H2Haul" and "HyCET" projects are focused on developing and testing hydrogen-powered trucks for transport logistics. Plant Leipzig, Germany, is leading the way with over 130 industrial trucks powered by fuel cells and five hydrogen filling stations on its grounds.

Lightweight and sustainable packaging logistics are also foci for BMW Group, as the company plans to reduce CO2 emissions while ensuring efficient transport. The automaker is working with its transport service providers to shape the transformation of the logistics sector and achieve its goals of sustainability and CO2 reduction.

BMW to Invest US$866 Million to Boost EVs Production in Mexico

BMW will invest about US$866 million (€800 million) to implement its newest electric platform, “Neue Klasse,” at its San Luis Potosi plant. This plan is part of BMW Group efforts to increase its EVs production capabilities, as the group focuses on meeting the growing demand for sustainable mobility solutions. The investment will create over 1,000 new jobs, reports MBN.

The Neue Klasse platform is expected to start operations in San Luis Potosi in 2027. The first vehicles made under this platform will be produced at BMW’s plant in Debrecen, Hungary.

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