BMW underlines climate-neutrality plans at COP 26

08 November 2021

BMW has used COP26 to underline its position as a mobility solutions provider in the fight against climate change. Central to the carmaker’s approach to reducing its negative impact on the environment is an aim to achieve total climate-neutrality by 2050.

At this year’s COP26, hosted in Glasgow, Scotland, the BMW Group brought its i Vision Circular to highlight its move towards a climate-neutral future. The four-seat, luxury compact electrically-chargeable vehicle (EV), luxury compact vehicle, is produced using 100% secondary materials.

The concept has been designed to keep raw materials in the production cycle for as long as possible, and centres on looking ahead to producing a compact EV by the year 2040. It is integral to BMW’s plans to be a pioneering sustainable manufacturer based on circular economy principles.

Now is the time to act

Addressing BMW’s more general approach to combating climate change at COP26, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG Oliver Zipse said: ‘The key to sustainability lies in innovation: in innovative technologies, but also in innovative thinking that accepts no boundaries.’

‘Most importantly, together we must choose and follow a binding path with clear goals. Always according to the motto: No more waiting. No more clever tactics. It’s time to act. Now.

‘Ramping up electromobility is the single most important factor on the road to climate-neutral mobility, but even in industrialised countries, there is still one major obstacle: the lack of infrastructure.’

The manufacturer’s first large-scale produced EV, the i3 battery-electric vehicle (BEV) rolled off the production line back in 2013. BMW has already stated its intention to reduce CO2 emissions from its vehicles by at least 40% by 2030.

In addition to this, BMW’s two British brands, Rolls-Royce and MINI, will be exclusively all-electric from the early 2030s onwards.