8 FIGURES FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE.
HOW SUSTAINABLE IS MINI?
Without sustainable manufacturing, there can be no eco-friendly mobility. That’s why we, as a BMW Group brand, are looking to attain maximum sustainability with our raw materials and in our plants. Read on to find out eight facts about our path to a sustainable future.
MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4: Official fuel consumption (combined) (WLTP Combined): 39.2 - 44.1 mpg; Official CO2 emissions (combined) (WLTP Combined): 147 - 165 g/km
START AT THE VERY BEGINNING.
CREATING A CIRCULAR ECONOMY.
WE RECYCLE 99% OF OUR WASTE.
A circular economy can only succeed if as little as possible is thrown away – in other words, if waste does not end up in a landfill or an incinerator but is reused instead.
The production of almost 2.5 million BMW Group vehicles per year does generate waste – around 780,000 tonnes of it. This includes packaging materials for components, as well as steel and offcuts from seat covers.
UP TO 40% RECYCLED METALS.
Not throwing much away is one thing, but where do the materials that go into our manufacturing process come from? In the interests of a circular economy, the goal must be to use as high a percentage of recycled materials as possible.
This also helps climate change mitigation, as metals like aluminium require a lot of energy during production, so have a significant carbon footprint.
OUR 18 SPECIAL ‘LNG’ TRUCKS.
There’s another way we’re reducing our corporate carbon footprint – in the form of 18 heavy goods vehicles delivering components from suppliers to MINI Plant Oxford, across 15 different routes around the United Kingdom.
What’s special about this fleet of vehicles? They run on LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), thereby offering a number of environmental advantages over their conventional diesel counterparts.
Here are some of the benefits of operating an LNG fleet:
- Near-zero particulate matter emissions.
- 20% lower emissions of CO2 and nitrogen oxides.
- Up to 90% less CO2 if the trucks are run on bio-LNG in the future.
- LNG comes from sources like organic household waste, so it’s renewable energy.
- LNG trucks are also quieter than diesel ones.
RAW MATERIALS FROM SUSTAINABLE SOURCES.
Sustainability must begin at the start of our supply chain. Lithium and cobalt are required for battery cells, but both raise ethical and environmental concerns. This is because in countries like the Congo, mining often only adheres to low environmental standards. And there are reports of poor working conditions and child labour. So the sustainable manufacturing of electric cars also has a social dimension.
The BMW Group’s goal is clear – 100% of raw materials such as lithium and cobalt should come from sustainable sources with high social standards. For that reason, since 2020 the BMW Group has been sourcing both cobalt and lithium from Australia and Morocco for its batteries. The mines there meet the highest ethical and sustainability standards.
At the same time, the BMW Group continues to be committed to better working conditions for people in the Congo. It is supporting a project of the German development agency ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit’ (GIZ), looking into the working conditions in Congolese mines and developing potential improvements.
WE ONLY ACCEPT COMPANIES THAT EXTRACT COBALT FROM MINES WHERE EMPLOYEES ARE PROTECTED.
ZERO DEEP-SEA MINERALS.
11,500 SOLAR PANELS.
Our solar panels cover an area the size of five football pitches and facilitate sustainable manufacturing at Plant Oxford. All 11,500 solar panels sit on the roof of our factory and have a combined output of three megawatts, covering 100% of the energy requirements of our main plant. This reduces the corporate carbon footprint of MINI Plant Oxford by 1,500 tonnes of CO2 per year.
USING 41% LESS ELECTRICITY.
Great progress has been made toward renewable energies, but eco-friendly production also means reducing energy consumption. And that’s where our employees helped us make a big difference: in 2018, they reduced electricity consumption at our Oxford plant by 41% compared to the previous year, by making a number of changes, including replacing 18,000 incandescent light bulbs with LED lamps.
FOCUS ON SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS.
Leather interiors are popular, especially leather seats. We’ve been into sustainable alternatives for some time, and are now exploring MINI recycled materials. We’d like to do without leather entirely in the future, offering our customers innovative materials with the same quality and seating comfort as leather – and all whilst maintaining the timeless interior design of our vehicles.
While MINI has already achieved many successes in terms of sustainable manufacturing, we know we’re still a long way from our destination. We’re committed to doing all we can to achieve our MINI sustainability goals in all areas, not just manufacturing. This environmentally conscious approach continues to drive us along our path to sustainable mobility.
Find out more on our production methods here.