BMW Group joins Aluminium Stewardship Initiative. BMW Group to support development of stringent standards for
sustainable aluminium production.
Munich. The BMW Group is underscoring its leadership
as a sustainable company by joining the Aluminium Stewardship
Initiative. The aim of this non-profit initiative is to create
sustainable standards throughout the aluminium value chain – from
responsible business management to compliance with environmental and
social standards. The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), founded
in September 2012, is the first such initiative to establish
sustainable standards for the aluminium value chain.
Aluminium also plays a major role in lightweight construction at the
BMW Group, alongside carbon fibres. Like carbon, aluminium, which
weighs 30% less than steel, also contributes to weight reduction. The
BMW i3 uses mainly recycled aluminium or aluminium produced using
electricity from renewable sources. As a result, all of the aluminium
used in production of the BMW i3 entails much lower CO2 emissions than
traditional manufacturing processes using aluminium.
“Our aim is to continue to make a major contribution to future
mobility through Efficient Dynamics. Lightweight construction will
play a key role in this. That is why we are participating in the
development of sustainable aluminium standards. We firmly believe that
a cross-industry initiative, with the involvement of civil society, is
the right approach,” commented Ursula Mathar, head of the BMW Group’s
Sustainability and Environmental Protection department.
By joining the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, the BMW Group is
strengthening its leading role as the world’s most sustainable
automobile manufacturer. The BMW Group leads many sustainability
ratings and rankings, and has been named industry leader in the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for the past eight consecutive years. In
2012, the BMW Group was also the highest-ranked automobile
manufacturer in the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) Global 500
Ranking. The BMW Group has also been listed in the FTSE4Good, one of
the most important indices of sustainable companies, for eleven years.